Feast Your Eyes On The Rally 911 That Almost Humbled Porsche Itself

In 2007, surgeon Erik Brandenburg built a classic 911 into a lightweight, resilient rally beast that came agonisingly close to beating a host of factory-backed Porsche Cayennes on the 2007 TransSyberian Rally

Remind me later

Do you like the idea of a classic Porsche 911, lifted onto huge rally-spec tyres and modified to take on the toughest rally courses in the world? If not, have someone check you for a pulse, because you can’t buy one if you’re dead.

This odd-looking chunk of brilliance is prostate surgeon Erik Brandenburg’s TransSyberia Rally car with which the man himself competed in the 2007 event. Despite being a privateer entry it actually led the fearsome race until late in the rally, when deep water crossing delays dropped it to ninth behind massively modified and factory-backed Porsche Cayennes.

Dr Erik Brandenburg with a mildly scary friend of his
Dr Erik Brandenburg with a mildly scary friend of his

It’s rear-wheel drive and more or less unstoppable in the right hands (as long as you stay out of deep rivers). Brandenburg has built 20-25 replicas in various liveries, so one day you could join in the fun with your own 911 Safari. We definitely, 100 per cent want to do that.

The tyres are huge 215/85 R16s from Hankook; truck tyres designed for mud and gravel. The traction on offer in the rear-engined 911 SC is said to be staggering. In full flight, even just playing in a field, it’s something special to behold.

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Each build is different but on a typical example there are are bash plates galore, a 3.2-litre air-cooled flat-six and about 231bhp to play with via a limited-slip differential. They are serious pieces of kit, and if the one above’s asking price of $149,000 is any guide, you’d hope so.

Shot for Porsche’s 9:11 magazine, this video looks like a beautiful piece of work. Sit back and enjoy the full, stunning video right here.

Hat tip to Chris K!