PAUL STEPHENS CLASSIC LE MANS CREATION
New Clubsport-based 911 will be delivered in time for a debut at Le Mans Classic in 2020
If Singer’s latest 500hp monster is a bit too wide of body, carbon-fibre of flank and steep of price tag, perhaps sir might like Paul Stephens’ latest and greatest restomod? The limited edition Le Mans Classic Clubsport has been revealed and offers a very different take on the high-end aircooled 911 proposition. A heritage vibe and ultra-lightweight construction are among the new car’s highlights.
Paul Stephens starts with an original 911 body tub, which is fully restored ahead of conversion to Clubsport specification. Comprehensively rebuilt to as-new condition, the Le Mans Classic Clubsport features the Paul Stephens less-is-more ethos and includes a lightweight de-seamed roof panel with sunroof delete, lightweight composite bumpers and engine cover, an aluminium bonnet, optimised soundproofing and aerodynamically-designed lightweight external mirrors.
Engine-wise, we’re talking 300hp and 3.4 litres of air-cooled flat six. Details include a new cross-shaftless ITB injection system with GT3 RS plenum, a programmable ECU mapped in-house, RS specification camshafts, a lightened and balanced crankshaft, lightweight conrods and a lightweight flywheel mated with a Getrag G50 gearbox and limited slip differential. If 300 horsepower sounds a little pedestrian, even in its heaviest ‘Touring’ format, the Le Mans Classic Clubsport tips the scale at just 1075kg. The optional Lightweight specification reduces that to 970kg and delivers zero to 60mph capability of just 4.4 seconds along with a top speed of 175mph.
Achieving that sub-1000kg total involves Lexan rear windows, manual front windows, central locking delete 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. Speaking of the cabin, Paul Stephens says hundreds of hours have been lavished on the interior. 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 shown at the recent Le Mans Classic in July, ahead of delivery at the Le Mans Classic in 2020. Even the hand over process is designed to be a bit special, with each owner invited to parade their car and partake in the famous Le Mans start ritual in front of the Le Mans Classic crowds in 2020.
“To have teamed up with Peter Auto in naming this unique Le Mans Classic Clubsport is an honour,” says, founder and managing director Paul Stephens. “The 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.”
Whether optioned in more accommodating Touring specification or the rawer Lightweight guise, 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 pegged at approximately £250,000 depending on detailed specification. For more information or to register your interest, head for paulstephens.com.
Just 10 Paul Stephens Le Mans Classic Clubsport 911s will be built in collaboration with Classic Le Mans event organiser, Peter Auto