Everrati, a UK technology company specializing in retrofitting automotive icons with electric vehicle (EV) powertrains, has breathed new life into a classic Porsche 911 with a 500bhp battery-powered system.
The car is based upon a fully restored 1991 Porsche 911 964. It features carbon fiber body elements and a state-of-the-art EV powertrain capable of delivering an electric, emission-free driving range of more than 150 miles and sub-4-second 0-62mph acceleration.
Following an intensive test and development program, the Everrati ‘Signature’ wide body model will be finished to Concours standards and offered to customers as part of the company’s extensive portfolio of restored, remastered and electrified automotive icons.
“When we launched Everrati in 2019, it was our mission to create the most desirable, technically advanced, sustainable, zero-emission iconic cars in the world,” explains Justin Lunny, founder and CEO of Everrati Automotive Limited. “To fulfill that vision, and to provide discerning customers with a peerless product engineered with industry-leading technology, rigor and attention to detail, we assembled an elite engineering team from OEM, supercar, motorsport, aerospace and EV technology backgrounds.”
“We believe that it is the very DNA of a car that makes it iconic and that such cars must be preserved for future generations – not be placed in a museum, but to drive. We take some of the world’s most beautiful and seminal cars, restore and re-engineer them, always operating with full respect for the brands that created them. Using modern engineering techniques and integrating advanced EV powertrains, we further enhance each car’s performance, yet ensuring they have a similar driving ‘feel’ with weight distribution – and overall weight – mirroring that of the original, enabling automotive icons like the Porsche 911 (964) to be reborn for the coming age of zero-emission mobility, yet with soul intact.”
The project began with a solid, accident-free example of a Porsche 911 (964) to provide the basis for restoration and modification. The first stage of the car’s metamorphosis was a careful disassembly back to its bare monocoque chassis. All bodywork, powertrain and interior components were removed from the car.
“At Everrati, it is sacrosanct that all engineering is reversible, should current or future owners want to revert back to the car’s factory specification,” explains Nick Williams, Everrati™ Founder and COO, who previously held senior roles with Daimler and the Volkswagen Group. “If customers wish, the car’s original internal combustion engine and transmission can be refurbished and placed in storage, or even incorporated into a piece of art, such as a glass gable or Perspex box. Whatever the customer can imagine, we will do our utmost to make it a reality.”
A key part of the meticulous, sympathetic restoration and re-engineering process is the integration of the car’s new, sustainable-focussed heart – the electric propulsion system. “We install a state-of-the-art EV powertrain, which has its power delivery optimized specifically for the ‘Signature’ wide body and is coupled to a 53kWh battery pack and battery management system,” explains Everrati Director of Engineering, Mike Kerr, who previously held senior roles with Lotus and McLaren.
The car’s EV powertrain provides regenerative braking when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal. The driver can adjust the level of regenerative braking force available to enable one-pedal driving.
“One of the values that attracted me to Everrati was the obsessive level of detail the company goes to ensure that its EV technology is integrated sympathetically, and in a manner totally in keeping with the true spirit of the original car and its manufacturer,” continues Kerr. “But there’s more to it than that. The transformation to electric power also involves the optimization of weight distribution, chassis response and safety to enhance the performance of the original, reinvigorate its character and soul.”
Sending 500bhp to the rear wheels, the new Everrati ‘Signature’ wide body redefined Porsche 911 has more than double the power output of an original 1990’s Porsche 964. With 500 Nm delivered instantly, the car can accelerate to 62mph in less than four seconds.
The blistering acceleration is accompanied by a 150+ mile range, dependant on driving style. Using a DC fast charger, the battery can be replenished from 10% to 100% in less than an hour, at the cost of just £8.21.
Former British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) Champion and Porsche Carrera Cup Driver’s Champion, Tim Harvey, has supported much of the car’s development.
With 35 wins and more than 150 podiums at the wheel of a 911, Harvey is one of the most successful Porsche racers ever and relishes his role as Everrati test driver.
“The latest car is a fantastic project to be involved with. I have owned and raced many Porsches, and having the chance to be involved with the rebirth of this true icon is a privilege,” says Harvey. “The ‘Signature’ wide body has the essence of an iconic 911, in terms of its rear-biased weight distribution and the ‘feel’ of its controls, brought right up to date thanks to the incredible performance from its electric powertrain. In this way, it is great to think that future generations will still be able to enjoy the 964 in an era of zero-emission mobility.”
Over the coming months, the ‘Signature’ wide body will continue to undergo its full development program. A small number of Signature commissions are available to order now for delivery in late 2021. Prices for each commission begin at £250,000 plus relevant taxes, based on a customer-supplied donor car.