Horatio Alger, Jr. was a nineteenth century novelist famous for stories charting the rise of those who emerged from humble origins and succeeded in life through dedication, hard work, and moral fortitude. These "Rags to Riches" narratives were quite popular and gave people hope that anyone could achieve success in life.
Fast forward to today and that narrative is alive and well in the shape of a 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo courtesy of Nigerian immigrant, entrepreneur, engineer, Ph.D., and dreamer, Ndubisi Ezerioha, or Bisi as he is known. He's also the principal of the eponymously named Bisimoto Engineering, the Ontario, California-based car fabrication and design studio that's been cranking out some of the wildest creations on the street today. He recently appeared on Jay Leno's Garage showing off one of his latest builds - a custom 1975 Porsche 911 Turbo IROC 930.
Bisi started in Nigeria with a curious disposition, restless spirit, and tinkering with small motors. He holds several advanced degrees working in varied occupations before journeying to the shores America infused with a Alger-ian can-do spirit. And succeed he did!
Starting with a 1975 Porsche 911 as a blank canvas, Bisi reimagined the car from top to bottom, under the hood, and within the cabin. And if this sounds like what Singer and Guntherwerks are doing too, you're not far off. Bisi's 911, however, has a bit more raw grunt and racer in the DNA and less of the polish of those other brands. And this is not to detract from Bisi's creation but is a testament to the engineer and showman that he is.
But what's most impressive about Bisi's 911 is that he seems to singlehandedly design and build every element of the car himself. His engineering chops and experience combined with book smarts make him quite a formidable fellow. I was shocked by his confession that this was the first Porsche engine that he ever built! And it generates in excess of 800 hp! How's that for success the first time out of the gate?!
While I have some quibbles over his design choices - that rectangular lower grille opening just doesn't gel with the voluptuous curves of the 911 body kit - the car is a beast. Jay seems to be having a ball ripping through the gears on the test drive. Check it out below. Buckle up.