We begin today one of the new sections that we have prepared for the coming months, “Secret Garage”, which is dedicated to those cars that were so special for its rarity, follies that came in very limited production, and those models that for certain issues never saw the streets. And the first car to debut in this section will be the ultra rare Porsche 911 (964) Carrera 4 Leichtbau.
By 1990, Porsche decided to build taking advantage of the platform Carrera 4, a ultra rare model intended to customers really wealthy, the Carrera 4 Lightweight – Leichtbau in german -. The Carrera 4 Lightweight was extremely exclusive production car, just 20 vehicles were builded, and the car was hand-built in Weissach, in the Customer Sports department. Never officially announced or put into a catalogue by Porsche, chassis numbers 964001 to 964020 were supplied to a few factory-preferred customers and collectors only.
In 1990, Porsche engineers at Weissach put onto a project client racing manager, Jurgen Baarth, to design and build the Carrera 4 Leichtbau. It was built utilising some stock items as well as other special parts, originally from the Paris-Dakar 953 project. The result: the lightest 964 ever – 1090kg, 300kg lighter than a regular Carrera 4 – a stripped-out racer with manually adjustable four-wheel drive, a short-ratio gearbox and the new RS engine (with power upgrade to 280bhp). The car never had the homologation to be road legal.
Which was the bad side of the car? Well basically it was very expensive, more than twice the price of a 964 Carrera Cup, which backed down to most buyers, although it was probably more effective. A ultra rare-Porsche with a great performance.
Take a look at the video of the review that Total911 have made to this exclusive Porsche model.