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Porsche specialist Paul Stephens debuts the lightweight 911 993R

Paul Stephens Autoart’s latest creation takes the Porsche 911 from the 993 series and turns it into the 993R. Paul Stephens began with a summary of the client requesting the 993 with each area improved by 25 percent. The build took five years to complete, during which time the coronavirus pandemic extended life, and includes genuine Porsche Motorsport components and parts of Paul Stephens’ own design.

The 993R is lighter and more capable than the original. The modified Porsche 911 includes an enlarged 3.8-liter flat-six engine, instead of the 3.6-liter. Peak power reaches 330 horsepower (246 kilowatts), which is a big jump over the original 272-hp (202-kW) engine. Paul Stephens offers a more powerful power upgrade, bringing the Porsche to 360 hp (268 kW) and increasing redline from 7,400 to 8,500 rpm.

The engine is paired with a six-speed gearbox, which features a lightweight flywheel and clutch. Upgrades to the engine include a 997 GT3 crankshaft and bearings, 993 RSR pistons and cylinders, and a 997 GT3 oil pump. The camshafts come from Paul Stephens, which feature solid lifters and adjustable rocker arms from Porsche Motorsport. Paul Stephens also adapted the throttle bodies.

Inside, Paul Stephen installs an integrated roll cage, carbon-fiber Recaro seats, and a strict diet. Autoart removed all non-essential electronics to “reduce weight and improve engagement,” including power windows, radio, and air conditioning. The glove box, door handles, and center console were also thrown out.

The 993R also features composite materials to help further reduce the weight of the car. The 993R weighs 2,645 pounds (1,200 kilograms) legally, less than the base 993 Carrera 2 which tipped the scales at 3,040 pounds. (1,379kg).

According to Paul Stephens, the 993R embodies the company’s “less is more” ethos. The tuner is receiving inquiries for the 993R and other Autoart commissions. “The 993R is not a swan song, but I wanted it to be the best Autoart could do, to meet or improve on customer needs,” Stephens said.

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