With a metaphorical bolt of lightning and a cackle of evil laughter, Rod Emory and his team at Emory Motorsports have meticulously stitched together another brilliant monster mash-up Porsche. Starting with a concept sketch from Greg Macey and realized over nearly four years of build time, this 1960 Porsche 356 RSR has finally sprung from its cage and is now terrorizing the streets of Los Angeles.
Like most Emory Motorsports creations, the 356 RSR had to start with the right donor car—or rather, in this case, cars. The two cadavers necessary to make Emory’s dream build were a mostly-mangled 1960 Porsche 356B T5 and a 1990 Porsche 964 C2. Combining two unibody cars would be difficult enough if they were of similar time periods or wheelbases, but these two were separated by 30 years and 3.35 inches, respectively, making this union a particularly tough task.
The amount of delicate and precise craftsmanship required to pull off a project like this seems immeasurable, but Emory and his team were clearly up for it. The nose and tail bodywork — which is now completely removable — were hand-formed from aluminum. The deck lid and one-piece hood are also beautifully crafted from aluminum, fastened with stainless steel hinges. In efforts to relieve wheel well air pressure, louvers and front fender stand-offs were fitted. Steel mesh grilles were also built for the cooling ducts and intercooler air inlets in the steel section of the rear fenders.
Speaking of intercoolers, the 393-horsepower beating heart that powers this modern Frankenstein’s monster is a proprietary block designed by a collaboration between Emory Motorsports and Rothsport racing called the Emory-Rothsport twin-turbo Outlaw-four engine. If 393 hp doesn’t read as extreme enough, think about this: the monster rod only weighs 1,950 pounds, so the power-to-weight ratio is nothing to shake a stick — or pitchfork — at.
This chimera also benefited from a little bit of corporate sponsorship, after a fact. The 356 RSR is positively dripping in Momo products; as it turns out, the CEO of Momo was so interested in the original sketches of the RSR, he asked what it would take to make it a reality. The resulting contributions from Momo include the steering wheel, pedals, wheels, shifter and seats.
With the 356 RSR, Emory Motorsports has managed yet again to build an asphalt-eater as beautiful and precise as it is feral and unnatural. And like any respectable monster, you’ll probably hear this one coming just before it gets you.
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