MATT FARAH’S ‘SAFARI’ 911
Air-cooled 911 becomes urban assault vehicle
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