Every time you stomp your way through the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the annual SEMA pilgrimage you’re met with a mixed bag of eye candy. Some builds are incredibly focused, high-level examples of performance clever craftsmanship, while others are wild spectacles pieced together with the intent of hearing “oohs and ahhs” from attendees. Within that mix, there are some gems that can slip right through the cracks if you’re not in the know or simply a victim of sensory overload.
Take this 1979 911 SC, for instance, a year-long project that CSF Cooling’s Ravi Dolwani embarked on with immeasurable assistance from a dream team of builders. In passing, it’s a nice, tidy “Porsh” with a pristine paint job and wheels. If you’re familiar with older Porsche chassis or you have an eye for meticulous detail, then you’re drawn to this car and will likely stick around for an extended stay as you drink in its finer points. Get down to brass tacks with Ravi and you quickly realize this is nothing short of a masterful take on a classic.
In January, the car was purchased from Porsche restoration guru Simo Veharanta of SV Auto. It was an accident-free chassis and not only was Simo to provide a workable deal on the purchase, he was also set to be a major part of this build. His shop, which sits right behind his house and is fully equipped to handle major surgery, is where the majority of the process would take place. Before even getting started, he and his guys completely stripped every single nut and bolt from the 911 and gave the car an intense cleaning.
Old Meets New
Ravi’s goal was to put together a one-of-a-kind Porsche that would hold its own against the very best in the world. A unique blend of backdating as a nod to the past in early 1970s RSR race cars mashed up with a modern approach to power production and engine management, various materials, and cutting-edge performance. The formula has certainly been used before, but rarely at this level. Ravi called on automotive graphic artist Jon Sibal to come up with a design that would complement the old meets new vision and he and Simo began sourcing parts, many of which came through SSF European Autoparts.
Choosing a color for the car was a project in and of itself, being that Ravi and Simo, along with input from fellow team members, went back and forth in trying to come up with the perfect hue to highlight the work that would be done. In the end, a modified version of the silver you’d find on Lexus’ LFA was chosen and Santana’s Auto Body was tasked with spraying the exterior. The cabin, engine bay, front storage area, and underbody were all sprayed in a flat grey for an interesting contrast.
Subtle body changes applied to this car aren’t so subtle when you get the backstory. Perry’s Custom Metal produced the all-aluminum decklid – a painfully tedious process that involved old school tools and the sort of hands-on experience that’s seldom seen these days. Perry’s also scratch-built the cradle that surrounds the CSF oil cooler placed in the front bumper and that bumper’s side extensions that meet up perfectly with the flared fenders. That 959-esque fuel filler port and door on the upper quadrant of the hood is also Perry’s Custom Metal’s handiwork. All of it by hand, and in fact there is no fiberglass found on the entire car. It’s all metal except for the carbon fiber insert on the rear decklid, and the custom front splitter and rear diffusers.
When it came to building an engine for the CSF911, Fabian Prato of Prato Motorwerks stepped in to do what he does best. Starting with a 3.6-liter 993 engine, Fabian elected to use race bearings and a race timing chain, Pauter rods, and Mahle Motorsport 3.9-liter pistons. For added security, the O-ringed block was secured with ARP head studs. The parts formula would set compression a bit higher than most would be comfortable with, but with a set of one-off cams with enough overlap to drop compression, it’s now estimated at 11.4:1.
Kinsler individual throttle bodies were installed to add the sort of throttle response Ravi was after and Wiggins clamps are cleverly used on each runner to connect to Kinslers new billet aluminum plenum. On the gas exit side, the professor of exhaust efficiency himself, John Grudynski of HyTech created a beautiful set of headers that lead into a 991 titanium GT3 muffler with custom tips. Rywire Motorsport Electronics joined the fight and designed a custom engine harness that incorporates both factory and aftermarket sensors and controls the car’s drive-by-wire system. All of the wiring is based around a Motec M130 and Rywire’s 14-output Power Distribution Unit, a solid state system that eliminates the use of traditional fuses throughout the car.
If the blank check title didn’t didn’t make sense before (let’s be honest, we’re digging into the 401K at this point), it certainly should now. To really drive home his point about something unique and exclusive, Ravi took a trip to Beverly Hills, the only place in Socal to purchase Maison Goyard products. If you’re not familiar, the brand has been around since 1792, specializing in box-making, trunk-making, and packing services, it would go on to become a favorite among celebrities throughout the 20th century.
In 1892, Edmond Goyard created the Goyardine canvas, and that unique chevron design still covers all of the brand’s products, each dot painstakingly applied by hand. Why does any of this matter? Well, the brand was revitalized in the late 1990s and its owner demanded a return to old world craftsmanship in developing timeless elegance and unrivaled exclusivity rather than mass produced pieces like so many others—the perfect match for this build. Ravi went full Kim K., purchasing multiple bags in order to have Rogelio’s Upholstery implement them into the reconstructed interior. You’ll find the bags repurposed and applied to the seat centers, the middle of the dash, door pulls, and more, with removable Goyard wallets attached to the door cards via custom snaps.
Beyond the designer touches are Chasing Js titanium foot plates and pedals, custom floor mats that cover alcantara floor covering (which hides a liberal use of Dynamat throughout) that matches the roof liner, dash top, doors, and rear interior. A roll bar fills the rear section and of course, is treated to a custom finish to keep pace with the rest of the car.
After a complete suspension makeover based around KW Club Sport coilovers, Rotiform CMP three-piece wheels using a center-lock system were fitted with Falken’s sticky Azenis RT660 tires. Stoptech’s Level 3 big brake kit was anodized to match the car’s other components before install. The final piece of the puzzle involved tuning ace Beau Brown who established a base map and the car was fired up as it neared completion, eventually making its way to CSF’s SEMA booth. It might not have the shock factor that many other cars at the show have from an outward appearance, but those that appreciate craftsmanship, ingenuity, and an obsessive attention to detail will appreciate all that has gone into the CSF911.
*For the complete build in steps, check out CSF’s YouTube series on the project.
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