The go-(almost)-anywhere Porsche 911 “safari” trend is in full swing, and we’ve seen concept from Gemballa, Ruf, and many others. Now Delta4x4 of Germany is getting into the action with this customer commission, visualized here and due to be built in 2021. The car is a 992-generation Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, and the customer’s wish is to drive straight to Dakar from his home in southern Germany. To do that, this car will need a bit of help on the rough patches.
This is a mission the 911—and its 4×4 953 and 959 siblings—have famously done before. And so, too, has Delta4x4, albeit with a much lower profile. In 1982, the company prepared a Suzuki Jimny and completed the Paris to Dakar race in it—no small feat, even if it doesn’t rise to the level of Porsche’s participation in rally and the intense development that led to the incredible 959 supercar. See below: The company even built a modern tribute to its cute but formidable ancestor.
This “Dakar” 911 will feature the requisite auxiliary light pod on the hood, as well as chassis reinforcements and a suspension lift. Delta4x4 claims that total ground clearance will be an impressive 9.8 inches, on par with some of the classic SC safari builds but shy of the 11 inches of, say, the late 1970s Safari Rally 911s. The light bar and roof rack are also nice touches.
We’ll be interested to see this build come together next year. And if the Delta4x4 company’s name rings a bell, you might remember that they also modify trucks, like this European Ford Ranger.