Custom Porsche 911 is a Perfect Tribute to Paul Walker
Last year was memorable one for Fast and Furious fans and gearheads alike — but not in a good way. Longtime actor and Porsche aficionado Paul Walker died in a car crash just outside of LA. Charles Carlino — owner and senior designer at Cars As ART located in Delray Beach, Florida – felt the pain of fans all too well. So much so, in fact, that Carlino wanted to pay tribute to one of the industry's most beloved actors with a custom vehicle. In honor of Walker, he built this Paul Walker Tribute Car off a donor 2005 911 (997) Carrera GTS. It features a 3.8 liter flat-six engine and a automatic six-speed transmission. PHOTOS: See More of the 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Paul Walker Tribute
“Paul Walker was an inspiration to all auto enthusiasts around the world, by way of his starring roles in the movie series," Carlino told us. "Paul was a brother to all of us in the Car world and a key representative of the charity ‘Reach Out World Wide’ (ROWW). Unfortunately, we lost Mr. Walker in a horrific accident — the car world and the human race have lost a great son.”
The 997 GTS Tribute Car is a truly unique Porsche. It has custom modifications to the exterior styling, engine, and suspension. These engine mods include a K&N 57-7001 air handler intake system, an agency ‘stainless’ power sports headers, Carrera dual mode sports exhaust with black dual exhaust pipes, and a Carrera 3.8 engine management chip by Haltec. As you can see, it doesn't skimp on power.
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Modifications to the suspension include a set of H&R lowering Sport Springs and Bilstein race shocks for added stability and more control. New custom wheels and tires were called for next to match the increase in power and handling, so Cars As ART shod the car with Avant Garde M550, 5-spoke wheels in matte black. Up front are 19X8.5 inch wheels and 19X11 inch wheels in the rear. These stunning wheels are wrapped with Michelin 235/35ZR19 inch Pilot Sport N2 tires up front, and Michelin 245/30ZR19 Pilot N2 Sport tires in the rear.
Performance aside, Carlino made sure to add some enhancements to the overall look of the vehicle. A new GT3 Aero Kit was fitted — a complete ground effects kit with a GT3 rear wing spoiler, GT3 front and rear bumpers and side rocker panels. He also put in a screw-in tow hook, a rear light conversion including an LED module and front LED parking lights. Heck, even carbon fiber side view mirror covers. But to top it all off, the car features GT3 graphics and Paul Walker fund tribute decals to the ‘Reach Out World Wide’ charity.
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Charles has taken his tribute Porsche to several car shows in South Florida and, of course, fans of Porsche and Paul Walker alike all stop and stare at this one-of-a-kind vehicle.
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