Modified 911 gets central driving seat

Last updated 07:10 11/11/2012
A Porsche 911 modified to have a central driver's seat.

IN THE MIDDLE: A Porsche 911 modified to have a central driver's seat.

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A Porsche owner in the US wanted a McLaren F1 driving experience, so he commissioned a revamp of his 911 cabriolet with the big mac's central driving position.

The resulting car is a three-seater of sorts featuring a 1+2 seating arrangement with the driver in the front-centre, and passengers either side in the rear.

The creation is named the ''Centro 911'' and it was built by Trinity Motorsports in Lima, Ohio.

Shawn Bayliff, owner of Trinity Motorsports Group, told Autoblog their customer decided to modify his 911 - in the hope of creating the McLaren F1 experience - instead of his Lamborghini Gallardo.

Creating the centralised driver's seat position meant not only shifting the seat, steering wheel, shifter and pedals over to the right, but also the gauge cluster, centre stack and centre console.

Bayliff said keeping the dash looking as factory as possible proved to be the most challenging aspect of the build, but they able to custom fabricate many interior pieces because the shop also does carbon composite work.

While the Centro 911 features a centre driving position it retains the 911's rear seats for a truly unique three-passenger interior which Bayliff says actually opens up added space for rear passengers.

The project cost NZ$104,500 plus the cost of the car which is significantly cheaper than buying a McLaren F1 after one sold in the UK recently for a whopping NZ$6.8 million.

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