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Paul Stephens Le Mans Classic Clubsport revealed in London

Published: 04 July 2018

► Limited version of Clubsport model
► Just ten being made
► Lightweight or touring configurations

Just like Singer, Paul Stephens is known for renovating and modernising Porsche 911s, and at event in London last night, he revealed his most bespoke creation yet. Designed to commemorate the annual Le Mans Classic race, the new car will be launched officially at this year’s event at the Circuit de la Sarthe, and is based on his existing Clubsport model.

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Featuring a tweaked interior and exterior, the Le Mans Classic Clubsport won’t be mistaken for the standard model, and will cost around £250,000 depending on how you spec it.

Wait, what actually is this?

Paul Stephens modernises classic Porsches, reengineering them with bulletproof performance and contemporary parts – but keeping their classic style and driving feel. The Clubsport model – on which this limited Le Mans Classic version is based – begins with an original 911 shell, and is then rebuilt to as-new condition.

A lightweight roof panel, composite bumpers, engine cover and bonnet are also fitted, and lightweight soundproofing is also used. The overall effect is a renovation, but also general improvement.

How fast is it?

Like the ‘standard’ Clubsport, the Le Mans Classic Clubsport is powered by a 300bhp, 3.4-litre air-cooled flat six, but there are some some extra additions. There’s a new cross shaft-less injection system with a plenum from a GT3 RS – and the ECU has been mapped in-house, too.

Further down the drivetrain you’ll find a lightened, balanced crankshaft, lightweight conrods, a lightweight flywheel mated with a Getrag G50 ‘box, and a limited slip diff.

You’ll get the most out of that power, too, because the Clubsport tips the scales at 1075kg – and even less if you opt for the 970kg Lightweight version. Those very high and very low numbers mean the car will hit 60 from a standstill in 4.4 seconds, and max out at 175mph.

How many are being made?

If you can afford the £250,000, you’ll need to be quick. Only ten of the Le Mans Classic cars will be made, but you’ll be able to specify between a softer touring version with space for luggage, or an even more hardcore lightweight version. The latter forgoes carpet and soundproofing, and even cuts down to one sun-visor.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's Digital Editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes