Porsche has never hidden its love for the rally world. Special versions of the 996 GT3, the Macan Rallye-Raid or the famous 959 Paris-Dakar and Rothmans looks: examples abound. The mules of a lifted Porsche 911 are cruising through Germany, heralding that the Safari version will be back soon. But for now, preparers hold the monopoly of this “off-the-road” market for individuals. Based on the 911 type 964, this Governor Motorsports Safari project is one of the best.
A rally version… and Targa?
The Porsche 964 Safari Rallye presented here is based on the 1990 Targa base. This is easily noticeable as in some photos the car has no roof and only a distance between the two seats. This is what gives it the name “T-Top”, as in the Chevrolet Corvette C3, for example.
Aesthetics have been fully developed thanks to Rothmans’ look tailor-made for the model. The hood now gets a spare wheel and a protective skid plate at the front and 4 Hella rally headlights. In profile, it is adorned with 16-inch tires and wheels specific to the German, off-road application. On the back, Governor Motorsports designed a fiberglass ducktail that gives the prep the look of a real race car.
Adapted to extreme conditions
On the chassis side, the American specialist did not lose sight of ways to make the preparation more reliable. That’s why we find reinforced underbody protection, plates to adjust the camber, and various elements taken from the competitive world. A long-distance Elephant Racing suspension kit and adjustable wishbones complete the package.
Braking is also provided by discs with 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston at the rear. The handbrake is hydraulic when ABS is removed.
340 hp for the desert
Under the hood, Governor Motorsports took over the flat-6 3.6, which was pushed to 340 hp from the Turbo version. Management is fully personalized, admission is reviewed, and above all, The 964 Safari is equipped with a new full exhaust to get the mechanics singing. This is associated with a sequential five-speed gearbox borrowed from the competition.
Let’s finish with the cabin, which has been given great care by the Governor Motorsports team. Everything has been modified at Porsche, from the dashboard to the center console to the handcrafted carbon fiber door panels. Black leather and suede show this pursuit of quality. The interior is also equipped with two carbon bucket seats and a Momo Prototipo steering wheel. The creator did not communicate about the price or possible marketing of such a project.