The concept for this build was to create the most extreme Rally car Kelly-Moss had ever conceived and the public ever witnessed – our focus was performance first and show quality second. The donor car started life as a very ordinary 1991 Porsche 911 (964) C4. A rust free, low mileage west coast car, came with a very acid rain washed out paint job and a very “90’s” blue interior.
The exterior of the car has been fitted with 9” front and 11” rear wheel flares permanently bonded to the car. The chassis received a complete show car quality refinishing in its original Grand Prix White. The one of a kind custom bumpers feature a tubular steel and composite construction housing enough LED lighting to illuminate a small village.
The KMR custom carbon fiber hood mounted light pod is home to Hella spot and fog lamps. HID headlamps are retained by KMR custom carbon headlight rings. The trunk (front area of the car) had 14” removed to give additional ground clearance preventing ground strikes as the suspension compresses over obstacles. The power is supplied by a rebuilt Porsche engine focused on high performance and heat management. The upgraded fuel system benefits from an Eaton Supercharger. Meanwhile, the Fabspeed headers and GT3 exhaust help the engine breathe as it produces 70% more horsepower than it did in its original configuration. The front high mounted RSR inspired oil cooler keeps the engine running cool, while the air filter and ducting have been relocated into the cockpit of the car to ensure dust and mud free air is allowed to enter into the engine. The KMR custom engine cover ducts fresh air to the engine along with housing the water to air intercooler needed for the supercharger. Power is put to the ground by the Porsche All-wheel drive system and 5-speed manual transmission. The Braid Rally wheels use BF Goodrich All Terrain tires working well in any on-road or off-road environment. Brembo brakes are utilized all-around with the rear brakes featuring a hydraulic turning brake or “drift stick”
The suspension features triple adjustable long travel Reiger dampers. A KMR engineered lower roll-center in the front of the car helps the suspension geometry accommodate the higher than normal ride height for extra ground clearance, and to make room for the oversize wheels and tires. The rear suspension features fully adjustable spring plates and adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars allow fine tuning on any terrain.
The interior features fresh carpet with a rear seat delete. The roll hoop sits clear of the dual batteries mounted on the inside of the cockpit. An Extreme Outback supplied Intelligent Battery System has been integrated into the electronics isolating the cars starting battery to ensure the accessories and lights do not drain the main starting battery. To lighten the load a bit the radio has been deleted in favor of a switch panel for the cars accessories. The RS inspired door panels feature a tasteful Tartan pattern, power window switches and leather door pulls. The Momo racing steering wheel completes the look and feel of a performance automobile. New body seals help with noise and dirt suppression inside the cockpit while new window glass gives the driver the best opportunity to navigate obstructions in his path.
Safety features added include a roll hoop that boasts Schroth racing driver and passenger restraint harnesses. Leather Recaro racing seats feature the same Tartan themed upholstery as used on the custom door panels. Completing the safety upgrades is an electronic on-board fire system in case of any unforeseen mishaps. An under hood and wheel well lighting component was added for ease of maintenance and repairs. The remainder of the exterior lighting has been upgraded to high intensity LED’s.
Additional added features for successful navigation of most terrain includes an Extreme Outback Custom Extreme Aire 12-volt high volume air compressor and air tank, permanently affixed into the trunk area of the car. Extreme Outback’s Snatch straps, shackles and a composite collapsible shovel allow you the opportunity to dig and pull yourself out of most difficult situations. Tire repair and a basic tool kit afford you the opportunity to be largely independent and self-sufficient in the middle of nowhere.
The latest Kelly-Moss creation is a collaboration of 30+ years of championship road racing and off-road racing, infused with decades of custom car building.
We pay tribute to one of the most storied marques in all Motorsports and luxury performance cars. Porsche Rally cars are not a new concept, but the VICCI Safari car blazes a new path for others to follow.
I’d like to offer a very special thanks to the many participants involved in this build.
George Carousos from Extreme Outback Products, for providing some very cool Rally accessories and giving us the opportunity to showcase our creation at SEMA 2017. Jeff Stone, President of Kelly-Moss Road and Race, for being a great employer, empowering me and giving me the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the business. A brilliant designer and sounding board as there is very little that he hasn’t seen or done if it has wheels and an engine. Jim Hagan from Sign Edge for being patient with my countless text messages and emails. His designs are first class and I couldn’t be happier with the design gracing the exterior of this car. Nick “Bear” Skrade from Kelly-Moss, who worked nearly around the clock seven days a week for months as the deadline for completion grew closer. His vision, fabrication and composite skills touched this car from the beginning to the end. Jamison Blizard from Kelly-Moss, who like Nick, worked countless hours days and night on this project. A two-decade co-worker and friend, did the majority of the mechanical work and assembly on the project, including all of the electrical system upgrades and custom harnesses. Tim “Dog” Homburg from Kelly-Moss, the best damn fabricator and welder I’ve ever met. A guy that doesn’t have “good enough” in his vocabulary. Michael Medearis from Kelly-Moss, for doing the show quality paint job, doing the custom carpet install and custom inner fender liners while helping me shape the vision and timeline. Derek Schroeder from Kelly-Moss, for aiding in the mechanical assembly and tuning of this animal. Brandon Hurda, Jason Disch, Jeff Ferguson, David Janquart, Steve and Ken for putting significant time and effort (days, nights and weekends) into building, shaping, locating and creating significant aspects of this build. Last and certainly not the least, Victoria Thomas from Kelly-Moss, the glue that holds us all together. The very reason that I’m employed at Kelly-Moss. A brilliant minded co-worker, friend and boss. Instrumental in the design and support of me and this project. My partner in life and my partner in VICCI.
Kelly-Moss Road and Race – Director of Operations