The first PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 from Sacrilege Motors will break cover at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours.


Sacrilege Motors, a bespoke performance, restoration and electric-conversion studio, will reveal its first Porsche 911 commission on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 20, 2023. Sacrilege Motors is the premier restoration and electric-conversion company devoted to evolving the classic Porsche 911 by preserving its analog driving feel and precise handling, while updating its performance and reducing its environmental impact.

Nicknamed BLACKBIRD by its owner, in honor of the supersonic Lockheed SR-71 aircraft, this  triple-black commission, a ‘92 Porsche 911 America Roadster, is the first to be restored, performance-tuned, and converted to an electric powertrain at Sacrilege Motors’ headquarters in Lakeville, CT. Housed in a former Skip Barber facility, Sacrilege Motors chose the location for its proximity to  the historic Lime Rock Park racing circuit, where the BLACKBIRD PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 development testing took place. The Porsche 911 America Roadster is a limited-edition, U.S. version of the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-look, one of 250 made. Originally equipped with a Tiptronic  transmission, this car now has a single-gear, all-electric powertrain.


“Our passion for Porsche cars is paramount to this project,” said Bobby Singh, Sacrilege Motors’ president and technical lead. “We want to deliver an analog, air-cooled-era 911 with the reliability and instant power of an EV, while preserving an exhilarating driving experience that’s familiar to air-cooled 911 enthusiasts. Retaining the 911’s best handling characteristics, with added performance and up graded components, all while reducing its environmental impact, was our ultimate goal. We’ve kept  the same weight distribution, which is crucial to the car feeling like a Porsche 911 should.”

“Since 1997 I have owned a Porsche 911 993 Turbo…my dream car, maintained by Bobby for almost  30 years.” Sacrilege Motors CEO Phil Wagenheim said. “For this commission, we set out to maintain the soul of a Porsche 911 and familiarity of its driving experience, while adding a low-maintenance, high-performance powerplant. I’m not telling anyone to give up internal combustion…I’m not. What we are doing at Sacrilege is we’re just adding an electric power option to your analog quiver of fun.”

PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 Blackbird

Model: ‘92 Porsche 911 America Roadster (one of 250 Produced; 1992-1993) 0-60: Under 4 seconds

Power: 500 horsepower

Torque: 369 pound-feet (500 Nm)

Weight: 3,200 pounds

Motor: Tesla Model S (Custom)

Battery Pack: 62 kWh

Range: Approx. 200 miles

Differential: Limited slip

Charging: CCS rapid charging

Suspension Front: Two-way inverted custom Penske race shocks

Suspension Rear: Three-way adjustable remote-reservoir custom Penske race shocks

Brakes: Brembo performance, slotted rotors, front and rear

Wheels: Fiske three-piece custom forged

Tires Front: Michelin PS2 235/40ZR-18

Tires Rear: Michelin PS2 295/35ZR-18

PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911Sacrilege Motors was founded in 2020 by finance entrepreneur and corporate CEO Phil Wagenheim and Porsche expert driver and tuner Bobby Singh, who brings three decades of experience race-tuning and maintaining elite Porsche sports cars, including the 959, Carrera GT, 918 Spyder, and Cup cars.

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For the first time ever, you can view one of the world’s most recognized Porsche collectors, Magnus Walker’s URBAN OUTLAW PORSCHES @ PETERSEN MUSEUM.


Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Urban Outlaw, the award-winning documentary that detailed Magnus Walker’s journey from the tough streets of Sheffield, England, to lavish Los Angeles, the Petersen Automotive Museum is debuting a new exhibit in its Legends of the Vault Gallery surrounding Walker, his journey, and his cars.

Walker is one of the world’s most well-known Porsche builders and collectors. He found fame with his popular clothing brand, Serious, prior to building a career in real estate, cars and filmmaking. The exhibit will include 10 cars and a series of objects personally selected by Walker. Highlights include his iconic red, white, and blue Porsche “277,” his Porsche 993 Art Car, his co-designed Nike SB dunks, and other art and automotive items curated by Walker himself.

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Everrati Signature Edition ELECTRIC: PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 with Performance Pack showcases a 500-horsepower EV powertrain, is capable of sub-4-second 0 to 62-mph sprints with an up to 200-mile range.


Everrati today announces a new strategic partnership with the Aria Group, based in Irvine, CA, experts in low-volume specialist manufacturing and composites, to produce electrified classic sports cars. Aria group has experience creating vehicles for both Singer Vehicle Design, and Radford Motors (with its Type 62-2).

In addition to the electric Porsche 911, Everrati’s plug-in EV portfolio includes:

Land Rover Series IIA.

GT40 in partnership with Superformance, including officially licensed Gulf Edition.

Mercedes-Benz W113 SL Pagoda.

The 911 (964) redefined by Everrati range consists of Coupe, Targa & Cabriolet in narrow body, wide body and officially-licensed Gulf Editions. Its flagship Signature wide body features a 500-horsepower, 500Nm EV powertrain with a high-power state-of-the-art battery pack, capable of delivering an electric, emission-free driving range of up to 200 miles and sub-4-second 0-62-mph acceleration.

Centering on driver engagement and immersive experiences, each Everrati product features unparalleled engineering to OEM standards. Simultaneously, Everrati works meticulously to preserve the original ‘feel’ and character of its redefined icons with the transformation to electric power. Other areas of concentration include the optimization of weight distribution, chassis response and safety to enhance the performance of the original, reinvigorating its soul.

ELECTRIC: PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911According to Justin Lunny, Founder & CEO, Everrati Automotive Limited, “The build of our first car – ELECTRIC: PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 – in Irvine is already well underway and I cannot wait to deliver it to our Californian customer in the coming months.”

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Top 10 most searched-for classic cars

Gareth Herincx

1 week ago
Auto News

Ford Escort 1600i

The Ford Escort was the most searched-for car in 2021, according to Car & Classic – the classified and online auction website.

‘Dream cars’ such as the Porsche 911 and Jaguar E-Type, lead the search data during the pandemic, but 2021 saw classic car fans seeking more mainstream vehicles including the BMW 3 Series.

Across 2021, the Ford Escort toppled the Porsche 911, with the RS2000 the model most searched-for from the European Escort’s 34-year lifetime.

Recent Escort auction sales on Car & Classic include £25,500 for a Mk3 RS1600i (pictured) and £50,000 for a Mk1 Twin Cam.

Over the past 12 months, searches for the Triumph Stag more than doubled, securing third place.

It was closely followed by the 1980s’ E30 version of BMW 3 Series. More than a quarter of the specific searches for the compact saloon were for the iconic M3.

The rise in searches for the E30, up nearly 20% on 2020, follows sharp rises in the values for the M3 over the past five years. Published prices of the 24 road cars currently on Car & Classic span £40,000 to £189,000.

Other cars in the top 10 include the Ford Mustang and Jaguar E-Type, both growing by 10%. Slipping down the order, despite a similar number of searches in 2020, was the MGB GT.

Underlining rising demand for Japanese sports cars, the Toyota Supra and MR2, plus the Mazda RX-7 and Datsun 240Z all appeared in the top 20 searches of 2021.

Top 10 searches of 2021

  1. Ford Escort
  2. Porsche 911
  3. Triumph Stag
  4. E30 BMW 3 Series
  5. Ford Mustang
  6. Jaguar E-Type
  7. Ford Capri
  8. VW Beetle
  9. MGB GT
  10. MGB

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Win-Win campaign – PORSCHE 911: RALLY FOR TUSK –  supports funding for wildlife organizations in Kenya and beyond. Tusk is a UK-based organization that supports existing wildlife programs in Africa which have proven successful.


New Jersey-based Kim and Mitch McCullough, right, are currently running their ‘72 Porsche 911 in the legendary East African Safari Classic Rally, in an effort to raise funding for wildlife organizations in Kenya. Based on the collapse of tourism due to COVID-19, donations for conservation efforts have been severely impacted.  The 9-day rally has reached its halfway point and will cover a total of nearly 5,000 km, crossing borders between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The origins of the Safari Rally, hugely popular among Kenyans and worldwide off-road competitors, date back to 1953. Now restricted to cars manufactured before 1985, “the world’s toughest classic rally,” as its organizers are calling it, is celebrating its 10th year as an event for classic cars.

According to automotive journalist Mitch McCullough, who has spent his lifetime dreaming of the chance to compete in the grueling endurance event, he and his wife Kim created their own PORSCHE 911: RALLY FOR TUSK campaign to generate awareness and, more important, donations, which will be matched by the McCullough’s through their donation page @

“We want to support local conservation efforts through Tusk’s mission which has been formed to amplify the impact of conservation initiatives across Africa by supporting the most effective local organizations, investing in their in-depth knowledge and expertise. The conservation projects provide not just protection for Africa’s wildlife, but livelihoods and wellbeing for thousands of people across the continent,” said Mitch.

PORSCHE 911: RALLY FOR TUSKThe rally is 2,600 miles long, some of it over the roughest terrain imaginable. Unpaved special stages, where drivers go as fast as possible, make up more than 1,200 miles. The event is grueling, demanding complete concentration of driver and co-driver for long hours at a time. The McCulloughs are in a ‘72 Porsche 911 prepared by UK-based Tuthill Porsche for the Safari Rally.

“As we motor through Kenya, we want to contribute to successful conservation programs so the wildlife in Kenya is here for future generations,” said Kim McCullough, an automotive marketing executive. “There is a lot of great news for wildlife in Kenya thanks to the amazing work that has been done by organizations Tusk supports, such as the Big Life Foundation, Tsavo Trust, and the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary.”

Fences between vast government-owned wildlife parks and massive private conservation preserves have been removed, allowing large animals to roam freely around nearly boundless tracts of land.

PORSCHE 911: RALLY FOR TUSKThe Reteti Elephant Sanctuary adopts orphaned elephants then prepares them for a return to life with wild elephant herds. Reteti buys goats milk from Kenyan farmers, providing income for them. So, instead of killing the baby elephant, the farmer now calls Reteti to extract the elephant and eventually return it to the herd. And according to the McCullough’s, it’s a win for everyone.

The Big Life Foundation is stopping unscrupulous poachers in their tracks by hiring armed Maasai rangers who patrol in 14 vehicles, two aircraft, and at 30 permanent outposts to arrest poachers.

Tsavo Trust protects the “super tuskers,” the final gene pool of elephants whose tusks reach the ground, from poaching. Tsavo Trust oversees an area the size of Switzerland, giving these amazing elephants as well as endangered black rhinos a right to life in the wild.

“An American dollar goes a long way in Kenya, and no contribution is too small,” McCullough said. The McCulloughs are matching all donations to the “Rally for Tusk” program.

Just $275 buys enough goats milk to feed a baby elephant for three days; $215 Employs an armed anti-poaching ranger for a month. A donation automatically generates a letter from Tusk that can be used for tax deductions.

While the East African Safari Classic Rally origins trace back to the early 1950s, with its inaugural rally named “The Coronation Rally,” the event first gained global competitors in 1957 and became regarded by the FIA as an international motor sport.  In 1960, the name changed to the East African Safari Rally, crossing borders between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Re-invented again in 2003 as the East African Safari Classic Rally, the event became regional in nature but recreated the spirit of rallying from its heyday.  Today, with nearly 50 entrants in classic rallying cars ranging from Porsche 911s to Ford Escorts, Datsun Violet GTs and 240/280 Z’s, as well as VW Golf, Renault and Peugeots, the rally continues to entice adventurous competitors from all over the world.

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