This Porsche 911 Carrera RS [‘Rennsport’ or ‘Racing’] 3-litre car is the third Tuthill-prepared Porsche East African Safari Classic Rally winner. On the 2011 Safari Classic – generally acknowledged as the toughest rally in the world— when driven by Richard Jackson and Preston Ayres, the car finished 13th overall on its debut outing. The general specification was improved over subsequent Safaris until the Welcome to Yorkshire-sponsored Porsche enabled Richard Jackson, and this time Ryan Champion, to achieve more stage wins (half of the total) than any other car on their way to victory in 2017. Since that win the car has featured in several exhibition events, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
[The term ‘Carrera’ has become synonymous with Porsche and derives from a very tough sports car road-race in Mexico called the ‘Carrera Panamericana’; Porsche 356/550 models competed there, vigorously, in the 1950s.]
Tuthill Porsche, situated in Wardington, Oxfordshire, is the most successful team in the history of the East African Safari Classic Rally. It has won this event three times now with drivers that include two former world rally champions: Björn Waldegård (2011) and Stig Blomqvist (2015).
Each Safari-build starts by taking a Porsche 911 from the 1970s. The car is dismantled and the bare bodyshell is media-blasted to remove all paint and to expose any corrosion. The stripped shell is then taken to Tuthill’s in-house fabrication shop where the process of restoration commences. The strengthening and modification process may take as many as 1,000 hours depending on the customer’s requirements.
Following those weeks in the fabrication shop, the shell is then moved to the body shop to be hand finished and prepared for painting. When that is done it moves on to the competition workshop, where the car is assembled to FIA specifications which include: long-range fuel tank; extensive oil cooling system; brakes and suspension specifically developed for the world’s toughest marathon rallies; 300 bhp air-cooled flat-six engine of three litres and custom transmission with limited slip differential.
Displayed courtesy of Mr Richard Jackson from Monday 25th March to Sunday 31st March.