Porsche Baja 911 Can Be Yours for Only $650,000!!
Back in November, a builder named TJ Russell unveiled a gleaming white Porsche 911 at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The car, known as the Baja 911 has wide, flared fenders; huge, knobby tires; a roll cage; and nine headlights. It’s surely a show stopper and everyone at SEMA went crazy about this vehicle, even when they heard the price-$650,000!
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During its SEMA debut, the Baja 911 was swarmed for hours with the international automotive press, industry insiders, well-known builders, and fan boys taking photos, making videos, and generally drooling over the hand-craftsmanship that Russell completed, alone, over the course of more than a year. Since then, the car has appeared in dozens of dust-caked glamour shots, set with the sun illuminating its aggressive stance while it dances over boulders and through sand. It is plastered all over car blogs and Instagram feeds, and in YouTube videos and trade magazines.
But the Baja 911 is more than just a pretty face. It has more than a foot of ground clearance, a unique suspension system of cushy and nimble shocks, a reinforced chassis, and a purpose-built 3.8-liter, 365-horsepower engine paired with a specialized five-speed transmission engineered to perform for thousands of miles, day in and day out, in 100F-plus heat.
It has been sprayed with a layer of sound deadening and ceramic coating to insulate the cabin from noise and heat; the interior metal surfaces are welded and sealed from the front fuel supply and rear engine bay in order to guard against collision and water damage; and the carbon seats in the rear fold down to reveal a locking storage box for spare parts and tools.
The whole car weighs just 2,800 pounds—400 pounds less than a stock 911 fresh from the Porsche factory. It’s a featherweight suited for navigating the punishing sands, boulders, and heat of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula—the source of its name.
At $650,000, the Baja 911 represents the top 1% of a larger group of cars known as “Baja,” “safari,” or “rally” cars, so named to evoke the type of driving they do. They’re designed to race in glamorous and gritty off-road contests such as the East African Safari Classic Rally, the Carrera Panamerica in Mexico, the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge, or the Rally Caminos del Inca in Peru. In simplest form, the terms—used interchangeably—refer to any vehicles modified to perform off paved roads.
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Sources: Porsche News and Bloomberg News