• Nov 6, 2012
There are many custom jobs we've seen performed on a Porsche 911 that are unimaginably hideous, but this Centro 911 is not one of them. The Florida owner of the above 997 Carrera S Cabriolet tasked Trinity Motorsports Group of Lima, Ohio with transforming the car from its standard two-plus-two layout into a unique, single-center-seat driver.

In a phone interview, Shawn Bayliff, owner of Trinity Motorsports Group, told Autoblog that the car was built for a customer who wanted a McLaren F1 driving experience, and instead of chopping up his Lamborghini Gallardo, he decided to have this 911 modified. Creating this centralized driver's seat position meant not only shifting the seat, steering wheel, shifter and pedals over to the right, but also the gauge cluster, center stack and center console. As it turns out, keeping the dash looking as factory as possible proved to be the most challenging aspect of the build, but fortunately, the shop also does carbon composite work which made it a bit easier to custom fabricate many interior pieces. Like the McLaren F1, the Centro 911 features a center driving position but retains the 911's rear seats for a truly unique three-passenger interior which Bayliff says actually opens up added space for rear passengers (more so on the left).

Bayliff, who has a history driving Indy and Daytona Prototype cars, said driving the Centro 911 feels very similar to these racecars, and it also has what he calls a "motorcycle experience" as well. Overall, the cost to build the Centro 911 was around $85,000 – on top of what the donor car cost – and it took about nine months to complete.

A coupe version of the car with a manual transmission, the Centro Track Day 911, is under construction now and should be finished in the next 30 to 45 days, and one of the challenges of this car is getting the shifter in a more stock location since the Centro 911's PDK shifter is placed further back on the center console.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      The car looks the same on the outside, but is radically different on the inside. So what do we do? Provide 17 pictures of the outside of the car, and only 4 where you can see the interior. Makes sense.
      • 2 Years Ago
      20 photos of a stock 911, 3 or 4 photos of the subject of the article
      • 2 Years Ago
      One picture of the "Centro" seating position and 12 of the car looking like a normal 911. Brilliant. Would have been great to see some process pictures, or even some intricacies in the floor or dash. Could've had this to you in Photoshop in a few hours and a cup of coffee.
      King of Eldorado
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the idea of a center driver's seat, even though it's weird on this Porsche. I think it would be great for a tiny commuter car usually occupied by one person, but with two usable rear seats as well. It would allow more crush space for side impacts, and would minimize the A-pillar driver's side blind spot often found in small cars with aerodynamic shallow-angled windshields.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I saw this car in the Porsche Corral at Petit LeMans a few weeks ago. Here's a couple of pictures of the seating arrangement and under the dash, not the best pictures but different angles than provided at least. http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s45/CrazyCarlSVT/598738_3948948809861_1696605858_n.jpg http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s45/CrazyCarlSVT/224541_3948949649882_1913854543_n.jpg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Brian Rautio
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm definitely not a fan, but I have to respect the man for knowing what he wanted and going for it. Must've taken a lot of guts, and seems to have come out better than I would've expected.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The extra legroom for the rear seats doesn't make up for the fact that only headless people will fit. So he just got himself a single-seater.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should have used a cayman.
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      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure it feels exactly like a Go-Kart now.
      • 2 Years Ago
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