By Chloe Sweet
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Videographer / director: Rafael Roy
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For 15 years, BBI Autosport have been the experts in high-end, off-the-market tuning. But one of their most recent projects on a Porsche 911 GT2 RS seems to have stood out from the rest.
Although this model is already Porsche’s most powerful car, BBI has expanded its capability even further by transforming one from a sleek sports car into a swift supercar.
With specialist customisation, they pushed the car to reach speeds of 227mph.
Owner of BBI Betim Berisha told Barcroft TV: “We take this beautiful canvas that Porsche gives us and we tailor it to a client’s need or specific goal that we’re after.
“I don’t think we have ever built a car that made you actually feel this comfortable doing something so wrong.
“If I had to describe this Porsche in three words, I would say it’s visceral, raw and powerful.”
Starting with the factory model, BBI upgraded the classic 911 with a custom engine, larger turbos and an advanced cooling system.
Dmitriy Orlov, who works at the company said: “From first glance, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s any different from a car at the showroom floor.
“This car has bigger turbochargers, more intercooler, better calibration, a water-methanol injection system, better chassis to handle the high speed – and of course on Michelin tyres because they are just proven to be phenomenal at any speed and power level.
“There is also a lot of work on the interior. There are raised seats and harnesses to ensure that the car is safe.
“It’s deadly, but fast. Unassuming - actually you could go and get your groceries in it.”
The car was originally built for a high-speed event in Idaho, where it was able to hit 227mph over a two mile stretch. However Betim thinks that the car could potentially go even faster.
Betim said: “It’s geared to 242mph and we can raise the limiter a little bit - maybe with a long enough road we could go 245.
“The hardest part about going that fast is keeping your right foot on the accelerator. Everything in your body tells you ‘Okay, this is enough’.
“After about 200mph, the car will start to pick a lane and you can just sit there and the car settles into itself really well. It’s hard to describe that feeling, it’s just incredible.”
Modifying cars at this level takes years of experience and the latest technology.
BBI use reverse engineering and 3D printing to create the strongest, most efficient components.
But a car like this does not come cheap.
To buy from the showroom, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS typically sells for around $350,000 – but with this level of modification, this car would cost closer to half a million dollars.
Dmitriy said: “There's a lot of development engineering there, the hardware that goes into it and invoking all of our partners resources to help us get there.
“In our mind, the value goes much higher than that.”