While covered here on Stuttcars several times before, it never gets old hearing a car’s owner and visionary discuss a project like the Nardone Automotive 928. Founder Thierry Nardone, 39, is a great car enthusiast and has always cultivated a deep passion for the so-called “transaxle” Porsche, which he is serenely obsessed with. Join us as we merge previously released information with comments from Nardone himself from a recent interview on 9Werks TV.
Thierry Nardone sought something unique to put in his driveway. A restomod enthusiast, he considered a custom-built Porsche 911, but eventually changed his direction due to a somewhat flooded “re-imagined” market. Then he thought, why not build something using the car he already owned, a Porsche 928? Impressed by the Lancia Delta Futurista, Nardone contacted its designers at Borromeo de Silva, a design house in Milan, Italy. What you see here is the result of that collaboration.
All of the body panels have been reshaped and replaced with custom carbon-fiber pieces, thereby offering enhanced styling with a weight reduction. The front and rear lights are all custom designed and built at a great cost, as are the forged 18-inch wheels now wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 5 tires. Keeping a comfortable ride a priority, Nardone didn’t not use ultra-low profile tires. A custom shade of gold paint was used which yields a gesture of respect towards the era in which this car was originally born.
As explained by Nardone, he wanted to remove most of the plastic on the dash, including buttons and gauges. Hence, the interior has been streamlined with Foglizzo leather and Alcantara replacing the original surfaces. The infotainment now incorporates the Porsche Classic Management system (PCCM) combined with a luxury Hi-Fi system and Apple CarPlay. As shown in the photos, this was no light “makeover” but instead, a substantive redesign that allows the driver to focus on the road and hence a purer driving experience.
The Nardone 928 uses an upgraded Porsche V8 engine producing 400+ bhp. The original 5-speed manual transaxle that Porsche placed at the car’s rear (for weight distribution), keeps its external case but has been internally modified to offer an additional 6th gear. Longer axles are substituted to allow for a wider rear track.
Using the most current information, the first production run will occur this year, producing 8 units, each priced around €.5M.
Fully upgraded with target 400 bhp engine with modern ECU
Gearbox converted from 5 to 6 speeds with limited-slip differential
Redesigned front and rear axle and spindle
Active controlled electronic suspension
Electric power steering with variable action according to speed
New 18-inch forged wheels
Upgraded braking system
Carbon fiber bodywork
Completely redesigned interior
Luxury Audio Hi-Fi system with Porsche Classic Management System (PCCM) and Apple CarPlay
Nardone Automotive, a French company based in Aix-En-Provence, is currently taking orders for the Nardone 928.