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Monday, November 9, 2015

Porsche 911 Not Scary Enough? This One Has a Corvette V8


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Whether it be a bigger engine, lighter body, or something craftier still, that quest for automotive supremacy is a tale as old as the car itself. And the pursuit of being the fastest on the block shows no sign of slowing down. That said, it’s creations like this that undoubtedly push those boundaries further and further.
Once upon a time, this 1995 Porsche 911 was a young, spry Carrera coupe. It had a calling card air-cooled 3.6-liter, the last of its kind, and if pushed hard it could rearrange your internal organs while you grin cheekily. But that wasn’t meant to be. Today it’s got a Corvette V8 stuffed in its rear, and it looks like it means business. Run and hide.


The Corvette V8 in question here is a 5.7-liter LS1 mill, the same you might find on a C5 ‘Vette. It’s been prodded with a stick (or two) and has been massaged into a 475-horsepower heavyweight, breathing through a high-flow intake and spitting out custom dual center exhaust. A heavy-duty clutch slots between it and the Porsche’s transmission, which impressively is still the same 993 six-speed manual.

In any other application—a resto-mod Nova or pro-touring Camaro, for instance—that engine might warrant the “needs more power” response from the peanut gallery. In this instance, we would imagine it offers more than enough grunt. Much more. In fact, the 270-hp flat-six it replaced was a hot foot on its own, clocking zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. It isn’t a motor for the faint of heart, nor does it look it.


According to the owner, the Porsche dresses in a Vogue Auto Design widebody kit and slips on an adjustable front splitter. Fans of the rarified 993 GT2, rejoice. The 911 also slaps on a GT2 “banana” wing, because you can never have enough downforce.
Crucially, the widebody 911 adopts a techy AccuAir self-leveling coilover suspension, which ought to help keep this car’s nose pointing where you want it. The sticky Toyo Proxes tires aren’t a bad addition in that respect either.

Thinking of building something similar for your weekend pops to the grocery? Raid the piggy bank. This car is said to have tallied up a $90,000 build price. Now it’s listed on eBay, reserve unmet.