This Porsche 914 restomod comes with a Cayman’s bite

by Nik Berg
24 August 2023 2 min read
This Porsche 914 restomod comes with a Cayman’s bite

It might be down the Porsche purists’ pecking order but the 914 is following on from the 911 and 912 by attracting the attention of resto-modders.

Fifteen Eleven Design, based in the Derbyshire town of Bakewell that’s most famous for its tarts, has done far more than simply tart up the targa-topped Porsche.

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Even in its most potent two-litre six-cylinder form, the 914 could only muster just over 100bhp, but Fifteen Eleven Design has squeezed a 3.8-litre six from the Cayman behind the seats. What’s more the British firm, which is part of multiple World Rally Championship winning Mellors Elliot Motorsport, has reworked the motor with forged pistons, a Life Racing ECU, drive-by-wire throttle, stainless steel exhaust, and other mods which means it now makes 400bhp.

A six speed manual transmission is fitted, and the chassis has had a major upgrade to a Cayman-based suspension system with Reiger adjustable coilovers. T45 tubular steel has been used to stiffen and strengthen the entire structure of the car, and braking is by Porsche Brembo calipers with cross-drilled discs and an AP Racing pedal box.

Eighteen-inch Fuchs wheels are installed and the 914’s body has been remade in carbon fibre allowing for a wider stance and a redesigned hood and bumper that aid with cooling. At the rear a cute ducktail spoiler adds a little downforce.

Inside there’s more room than an original 914 thanks to a redesigned bulkhead, and the cabin is trimmed in leather, with figure-hugging Recaro seats.

We first reported on Fifteen Eleven’s plans for the 914 back in 2021 and finally “Our vision has finally become a reality,” says Managing Director of Fifteen Eleven Design Ben Mellors. “The Fifteen Eleven Design Porsche 914 has taken longer than we expected but it’s not an exaggeration to say that we have strived for and delivered perfection in every area of the build; that of course takes time.”

The Fifteen Eleven Design Porsche 914 can be specified in left or right-hand drive and order books are open now.

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