Essa Autosport, located in Anaheim, California, is owned and operated by Michael Essa. He does a lot of custom work for many different types of cars, but mainly focusing on Porsche road race cars, whether it’s a bone stock streetcar that the customer has been driving for a few years and wants to get into racing or a full blown race car from the factory like a Porsche RSR. Essa Auto Sport can handle all the maintenance from prepping the car and assisting the driver with suspension setup, tuning at the track and works closely with their clients to take care of their car! Since everything is done in-house Essa can control how quickly everything gets done without worrying about outside shops to help get it done.
Some of the projects he’s working on include his personal E46 road race car that Michael is running the Formula Drift series, a 2001 boxter that started out as a streetcar and Essa converted it to a track car, 2009 Porsche Cayman that started out as an MSA pro race car and is being converted to a car to run in SCCA in a GT2 class. He also has his Championship winning formula drift car that was run from 2013 to 2017. Essa plans on eventually putting it back together for demos, possible overseas competition and other fun events.
Outside of the shop, Essa offers other services like driver coaching and car control training. Essa Autosport has a slightly modified E36 M3. They take drivers out, get them in the seat and explain to them how the balance of the car works and how it affects the car on the track when you lift the throttle, when you go full throttle and weight transfer so they get comfortable in the car so they can then apply what they’ve learned when they’re on the track in their own car.