Sacrilege Motors will unveil its first Porsche 911 commissioned conversion at the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 20, 2023. Sacrilege is a restoration and electric conversion company based in Connecticut.
Nicknamed BLACKBIRD by its owner, the 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster is named in honor of the supersonic Lockheed SR-17 aircraft. Sacrilege restored and converted the car after performance tuning at its headquarters in Lakeville, CT. The conversion underwent road testing at the Lime Rock Park racing circuit during development.
The Porsche 911 America Roadster is a limited-edition Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo and is one of only 250 made for the North American market. The engine and Triptronic transmission were replaced with a single-gear, all-electric powertrain.
“Our passion for Porsche cars is paramount to this project. 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 upgraded 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.” –Booby Singh, Sacrilege Motors president and technical lead.
The BLACKBIRD Commission
Model: 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster (one of 250 Produced; 1992-1993)
0-60: Under 4 seconds
Horsepower: 500 hp
Torque: 369 lb-ft (500 Nm)
Weight: 3,200 lbs
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
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