Tuthill SC/RS combines Porsche 911 Group B with all-day comfort
We didn’t realize it at the time, but Tuthill may have opened a new front in the field of Porsche tuning. The 40-year-old British company best known for its Safari 911s and, more recently, Singer ACS, has flown to Pebble Beach to introduce 911 CZK. It’s an exceptionally light B-road weighing just 1,874 pounds, powered by a 3.8-liter engine that revs at 11,000 rpm. The 911 K now has a brother, one who blends Tuthill’s racing history with the urge to go over 300 miles road trips. Called Tuthill 911 SC / RSit takes inspiration from the 911 SC/RS used for Porsche’s first official rally, the famous Rothmans car built by Dave Richards at a fledgling Prodrive company.
The Group B program is where Tuthill started with Porsche; honcho Richard Tuthill’s current company, Francis’ father, will repair Richards’ Porsches after the protests. The company maintains some of the 20 original SC/RS models Porsche produced, as well as creates faithful reproductions of the original based on the early 1980s Turbo Look cars with wide fenders but no whale tail, and Tuthill still knocks them down Snowy singletrack on video.
This SC/RS is different. It was built on the 911 series 993, an uncommon choice. The relatively much more modern 993 series suits this car’s purpose as an all-around driver “for long-distance trips, to enjoy comfort but with an early feel”, while still being able to ” charging on country roads with the same gentle sense that one often associates with earlier Porsche 911s.”
Since the 993 series cars were excellent at the time, what has changed? The 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine has been reduced to 3.8 liters, breathes through a custom butterfly intake, and is operated by a new Motec controller, the output being sent to the rear wheels through the rear wheel. through a six-speed manual transmission. Tuthill’s maintains its typical decision on capacity metrics, so output is an unknown; the standard engine makes 282 hp. Body plate Recall The 930 Turbo from the 911s two generations earlier, was punctured by a whale tail – but we’re pretty sure there’s no turbo underneath. Custom 16-inch Fuchs style wheels hide Tuthill-branded clamp walkers and two-way adjustable dampers.
The interior is designed around the late 1980s 3.2 Carrera ClubSport theme, which means racer-like simplicity wrapped in lightweight luxury and no rear seats.
Tuthill says he’s making 15 of these. Going through the testimonials on the company’s website, owners have liked a few of them, which means even fewer. Expect to pay a fortune, but hey, that’s what people are doing these days.