Today at SEMA, the wraps were finally pulled off of a project I've been following on instagram for a while. It's a slant-nosed 997 Carrera S, and it looks spectacular.
Take one rapidly depreciating Porsche road car, slap it upside the face with a fresh and punchy looking body kit, toss in an air lift suspension kit, a few motorsport-derived parts, and a big wing; You've got yourself an attention-getting SEMA show car. The 997 Carrera S is already a wonderful car to drive, and it's got Porsche's wonderful naturally aspirated flat-six. Old&New Japan has created a kit to make the car look at least inspired by the 935 racing cars that dominated the competition in the late 1970s and most of the 1980s. With the new front and rear bumpers comes a pair of wide overfenders for the back wheel openings that is strangely reminiscent of a Rocket Bunny kit. Which makes sense, as Old&New's kit was designed by Kei Miura, the designer behind Rocket Bunny.
It is interesting, perhaps, that Porsche's racing cars perhaps normalized the widebody overfender look that is so popular among tuning companies today, so it all comes full-circle by adding one to an already pretty wide street 911. Personally, I really like this look, but I could see why some would not. What do you think: wonderful, or sacrilege?
If you're in Las Vegas for SEMA this week, stop by the Toyo Tires booth to check out this 997. Friend of the site, Jason Connor, is there this week, and sent us these up-close-and-personal photos of this interesting and beautifully-blue Porsche.
Here is the related verbiage from the press release that was put out by SEMA to promote the Toyo Tires booth:
IDL Design Porsche® 997 C2S
“Old meets New” with this 2008 Porsche® 997 designed by Kei Miura which boasts a full repaint in Sea Blue. The car has Motorsport Cup mirrors and ‘Cup’ quarter glass, along with a carbon fiber roof. Its full custom interior includes an AIMSPORT GT350 steering wheel, a CAE shifter, Techno Craft carbon fiber bucket seats, and a full cage constructed by GMG. An Air Lift Performance Suspension provides the stance which complements the 19" Rotiform LSR wheels. For maximum grip, this car has 265/30ZR19 and 305/30ZR19 Toyo® Proxes® R888R™ tires.
Of course, this isn't the first time that a 997 has been treated to the slant-nose look. Last winter, nearly a year ago, Kremer Racing debuted their K3 body kid for the 997 GT3 Cup car, and they've been racing that car in Germany's VLN series for the entire 2016 season. Check that one out below. Who did it better: the original slant-nosers, Kremer Racing, or the new-school iDL Design "Old&New"?