LIM­ITED RETRO LIGHT­WEIGHT

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The brain­child of the team at Es­sex-based mar­que spe­cial­ists Paul Stephens, the lim­ited edi­tion Le Mans Classic Club­sport has been re­vealed and of­fers a very dif­fer­ent take on the high-end air-cooled 911 propo­si­tion, with ul­tra-light­weight con­struc­tion among the new car ʼs high­lights.

Paul Stephens starts with an orig­i­nal 911 (eg, Car­rera 3.2), which is fully re­stored ahead of con­ver­sion. The Le Mans Classic Club­sport fea­tures a light­weight de-seamed roof panel with sun­roof delete, light­weight com­pos­ite bumpers and en­gine cover, an alu­minium bon­net, im­proved sound­proof­ing and light­weight ex­ter­nal mir­rors.

En­gine-wise, the cars fea­ture a 300bhp 3.4 litre flat six with new crossshaft­less ITB in­jec­tion sys­tem with GT3 RS plenum, a pro­gram­mable ECU mapped in-house, Rs-spec camshafts, a light­ened crank­shaft, light­weight con­rods and a light­weight fly­wheel mated with a G50 gear­box and lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial. In its heav­i­est ʻTour­ingʼ for­mat, the Le Mans Classic Club­sport weighs only 1075kg, while the op­tional Light­weight spec­i­fi­ca­tion re­duces that to 970kg, giv­ing a 0– 60mph time of just 4.4 sec­onds and a top speed of 175mph.

Get­ting the weight be­low 1000kg in­volved fit­ting Lexan rear win­dows, man­ual front win­dows, dis­pens­ing with cen­tral lock­ing and the use of non­tilt­ing light­weight seat frames. Even the glove box door has been re­moved and the car is fit­ted with just a sin­gle sun vi­sor. Re­gard­ing trim, full leather St-style tour­ing seats are trimmed in black leather with unique Le Mans Classic hound­stooth in­serts in green, black and white, a de­tail car­ried over to the fully trimmed and hand stitched leather in­te­rior pan­els, hound­stooth door pock­ets with green boucle floor mats and alu­minium foot­plates.

Con­ceived in col­lab­o­ra­tion with event or­gan­iser Peter Auto, the car was launched at this year ʼs Le Mans Classic, ahead of de­liv­ery at the Le Mans Classic in 2020. Each owner will be in­vited to pa­rade their car and par­take in the fa­mous Le Mans start rit­ual in front of the Le Mans Classic crowds in 2020. ʻTo have teamed up with Peter Auto in nam­ing this unique Le Mans Classic Club­sport is an hon­our,ʼ says Paul Stephens. ʻThe pas­sion of the event, from the or­gan­is­ers through to the en­thu­si­asts at­tend­ing, re­flects our own de­vo­tion to the finest classic cars, and to be able to ded­i­cate a be­spoke ver­sion of our Club­sport model feels like an ideal match.ʼ

Whether op­tioned in Tour­ing or Light­weight spec­i­fi­ca­tion, just 10 of th­ese hand-fin­ished and num­bered ex­am­ples will be re­leased in hon­our of the 10 Classic Le Mans events thus far. Pric­ing is set to be ap­prox­i­mately £250,000 de­pend­ing on de­tailed spec­i­fi­ca­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter your in­ter­est, log onto www.paul-stephens.com

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