Porsche 961 Paris Dakar Rendered as the 911 Rally Car Porsche Never Built

Nowadays, Porsche-involving rallying efforts are limited to a few internal combustion lunatics who modify 911s and thrill the audience with rear-engined slides. However, things weren't always so.
Porsche 961 Paris Dakar Render 9 photos
Photo: Yasid Design
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For instance, the 80s were the Golden Era of Porsche rally efforts. Back in 1984, the German automotive producer came up with the 953, which was built to bring the Paris Dakar trophy to the carmaker and managed to hit its target.

The 953 was basically a reworked 911, featuring a 300+ flat-six, rugged terrain suspension and, of course, all-paw hardware, which earned it the 911 4x4 nickname.

The following seasons saw Porsche replacing the 953 with the rallying incarnation of the 959. Interestingly, this wasn't the only motorsport-destined version of the Carrera GT's predecessor, with the also-959-based 961 serving tarmac racing duties.

In fact, the 961 was born as a Group B proposal in 1986, but the demise of the dangerous class meant no more than a single unit was built. As such, it's not difficult to understand why Porschephiles were left wishing for more.

Well, we're here to quench that thirst with a version of the Porsche 961 that's more than ready to tackle any form of terrain.

The 961 Paris Dakar rendering we have here comes from Yasid Oozear, who has decided to take things way past the factory efforts we mentioned above. The digital artist had a simple message for us: "A rally version of Porsche was never enough right?"

As such, this Porscha is envisioned as a true offroader, with the uber-solid hardware underneath the car being enough to get one in a day-dreaming mood. And zooming in on the pixel play we have here only amplified the said effect.

Speaking of difficult driving conditions, we'll remind you that we recently discussed an autocross battle between a 991.1 Porsche 911 and a... Jeep Wrangler. The two duked it out through the snow and the result might surprise you.
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About the author: Andrei Tutu
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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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