dp Motorsport Offers a Modern Take on the 1973 Porsche Carrera RSR

dp Motorsport Porsche 911 front 3/4 view

Some time ago we stumbled across a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 for sale on eBay and were instantly smitten. But the RS wasn’t actually the hottest 911 Porsche made during that time period; no, that honor went to the Carrera RSR, which was even lighter, even more powerful, and featured even more aggressive bodywork. The RSR was also the first Porsche to be fitted with the immortal “whale tail” rear spoiler, and it was the first car used for the International Race of Champions (IROC) (See it in action here.).

So you can forgive noted Porsche tuner dp Motorsport for wanting to recapture the magic of this iconic German trackburner with a bulging-fendered ’73 911 of its own. But this vision in white is no mere replica of an RSR; rather, it’s got all the style and swagger of an echt RSR, but with some added modern tech.

dp Motorsport Porsche 911 rear 3/4 view

The most notable and most visible contemporary touch can be found in the bodywork. The bumpers, front trunklid, rear spoiler, front fenders, rear fender flares and door skins are made from carbon fiber, providing the kind of strength and lightness about which the long-sideburned lab rats at Weissach circa 1973 could only dream. The roof panel is also carbon fiber, having been molded using the sandwich vacuum technique. All these carbon panels play a pivotal role in getting this baby’s dry weight down to a feathery 1,918 lbs. The carbon fiber seats and dashboard, as well as Plexiglass rear and side windows and lightweight exterior lamp lenses, also contribute to that shortage of heft.

But adding lightness will only get you so far if you aren’t packing a significant amount of power, and this rump-motored rocket has plenty. The air-cooled flat-six has been punched out to 3.6L and topped with a set of PMO carburetors. Output is a healthy 310hp, and when combined with the reduced weight, we have every expectation of scorching performance. Good thing the suspension (dp’s own coilovers, adjustable stabilizer bars and Uniball bushings) and brakes (Borrowed from the late-‘80s/early-‘90s 964) have been upgraded, too, and there are 15” Fuchs alloy wheels wearing fat tires to connect the car to the pavement.

dp Motorsport Porsche 911 engine view

dp Motorsport will sell you many of the parts needed to turn your early 911 into one of these widebody brawlers, and if you have a newer 911, the company sells a variety of body and mechanical parts for them, too. And since it’s unlikely we’ll ever be able to afford a real Carrera RSR, one of these bad boys would be a nice consolation prize (though probably not in all white).

Source: dp Motorsport | Photos: Jordi Miranda