MATT FARAH’S ‘SA­FARI’ 911

Air-cooled 911 be­comes ur­ban as­sault ve­hi­cle

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The Porsche 911 is per­haps the most suc­cess­ful and pop­u­lar sports car of all time. It’s worth re­peat­ing that last bit. The 911 is a sports car. Thus it ob­vi­ously fol­lows what you want to do is jack it up, put it on all ter­rain tyres and drive it around down­town LA. At least, it fol­lows for Youtube per­son­al­ity Matt Farah, he of The Smok­ing Tire fame. Farah sourced a 1987 Car­rera 3.2 in rather rare Cas­sis Red for the project, which he prefers for its G50 gear­box.

Farah’s car isn’t ac­tu­ally unique. It’s known as a Keen Project Sa­fari af­ter its maker, pro racer and Porsche fet­tler Leh Keen. Farah’s car is the 14th such Sa­fari 911 Keen has built. Along with the fat Bf­goodrich KO 2 tyres and the rally light pods, Keen ap­plies a full four-inch lift via Ele­phant Rac­ing com­po­nents. That’s a re­mark­able achieve­ment given the car re­tains its tor­sion beam rear sus­pen­sion setup as op­posed to adopt­ing a full coilover so­lu­tion. A set of satin fin­ish Braid Fuchs Rsr-style wheels fin­ish things off.

Other de­tails in­clude seam weld­ing, rally-style mir­rors, vin­tage-style roll bar, RSR door cards with fab­ric in­serts ap­par­ently res­cued from an old bus, GTS Clas­sics bucket seats and a Clar­ion stereo sys­tem. The car also got a full en­gine re­build at BBI Au­tosport, a Wevo shifter for bet­ter, tighter shift feel and re­tains air con­di­tion­ing for us­abil­ity.

Farah de­scribes the car as his ‘ur­ban as­sault ve­hi­cle’ and his new daily driver. The car re­places a Ford Rap­tor pick up truck, that Farah says was just the ticket for rid­ing LA’S bumps and pot­holes. Over to Farah for the last word.

“With this build, 90 per cent of what I love about the Porsche 911 is present. The size, the green­house, the driv­ing po­si­tion, the sound and feel of the en­gine. All of these things are un­changed. What has changed is the ride qual­ity. It now just glides over bumps,” he says.

Matt Farah is from some­where called Youtube on some­thing called the in­ter­net and he’s built this here ‘Sa­fari’ in­spired 911. Ap­par­ently this is the sort of thing you need to tackle LA’S roads these days

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