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2007 Porsche Cayman S with LS3 Engine Swap

This current home garage build-in-progress involves what most would consider to be a sacrilegious engine swap, but before casting any judgement on the project it should be noted that the owner of this 2007 Porsche Cayman S, Joshua Murray, bought the car with a blown engine. A new 6.2 liter GM LS3 crate engine is in the process of being fitted to the standard factory Porsche transmission with use of a Kennedy LS adapter mount and a lot of custom fabrication. Future plans include a Quaife sequential transmission for full throttle clutchless up shifts, as well as the installation of a dry sump oil system. With what started last November is left most currently updated just last week with a post test fitting the rear swaybar and undertray support, while the engine is already in the process of being made to fit. It will be interesting to see this monster hybrid when it is completed, but in the mean time check out the following page for build pictures and a short time lapse video of the impressive project so far. “After test fitting the LS3 a dozen times I decided the ‘normal’ install position that most folks use is just not that great.” […]

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2002 Porsche 996 GT2 “RSR” by 911Design

This 2002 Porsche 996 GT2 “RSR” is the subject of an on-going, 4 year active project by 911Design in an effort to build one of the most extreme street/track 911 GT2’s, possibly of all time. The custom fabrication craftsmanship and attention to detail in the suspension, engine and brakes, and all of it’s associated hardware is just absolute art. No posing here. In it’s final iteration, the 3.8 Twin Turbo engine was dynoed at 843 rwhp at 1.1 bar while running 100 octane race fuel. The transmission of choice to handle all of that power was a sequential gearbox from Cartonics in Germany, with steel synchros and revised ratios. Since engine rebuilds are not cheap at an estimated $40k-$50k, the redline was set to “only” 8600 rpm. Loren Beggs, of 911 Design (www.nine11design.com) in Los Angeles, California and suspension guru Cary Eisenlohr of ERP are legends in the Porsche 911 race car world who can be given credit for creating this particular beast for car owner and 6speenonline.com member “1badGT2”. Over the course of approximately 4 years, the discussion of this monster has grown to 55 pages, and counting. With a street car build as wild as this it can be expected to ask why he […]

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1990 Porsche 964 Cup Car Bare Shell Repaint

This 1990 Porsche 964 series Carrera Cup car (chassis #9007) was the subject of a bare shell repaint thread back to it’s original Viper Green color on http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/, by forum member “NineMeister”. The shop who did the work, 9M in the UK, bought the race car in an estate sale unfortunately without any documentation to verify, but it is thought to have been the championship winning Trophy Cup car from that year. Their plan was to sympathetically restore it back to the factory specification and livery that it wore when raced during that successful season. Continue with us on the next page as we follow “Kermit” through it’s strip and respray… To start, there was a fair amount of body repair work that had previously been repaired fairly poorly, which is understandable for a race car, but 9M wanted to set about correcting it back to the original factory standard that it had when new. Looking at their quality rear quarter panel replacement work, there’s now nothing to indicate that it had ever been banged up before. The original idea of the project was to keep as much patina as possible, including it’s worn through paint next to the clutch pedal, but that […]

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Bruce Canepa Offers Porsche 959 Upgrades

Since Porsche 959’s are now legal to be roaming freely on our open American highways, Bruce Canepa of Canepa Design in Scotts Valley, California offers a conversion available in 2 phases to really bring them up to their full potential. To most die hard automotive enthusiasts, Bruce needs no introduction, but in case you still aren’t sure of who he is, maybe the video of his shakedown of a Porsche 917 on a public highway embedded in our previous 917 restoration feature here will help the comprehension process: http://www.carbuildindex.com/19504/1972-porsche-91710-008-restoration/. To say that this guy knows his Porsches would be a gargantuan understatement. Continue on the following page for more details on the warmed-over 959… He starts with extremely well cared for examples from his search all around the world. Since the cars are all wheel drive, a lot of them have been driven throughout the year in all sorts of weather conditions, so it is important for him to find clean, low mileage examples with 6,000 miles or less. The conversion costs between $100,000 and $140,000 with Phase 1 producing 575 hp and Phase 2 is said to make north of 640 hp. He installs a new Motec-based engine management system, new […]

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1972 Porsche 917/10-008 Restoration

This 1972 Porsche 917/10-008 was the subject of a restoration by Freisinger Motorsport in Germany. You may remember the shop from our recent previous feature of their “Moby Dick” 935 renovation, which can be found linked in “Related posts” at the bottom of the following page. The shop is involved with restorations of a number of historic Porsche race cars and this particular 917 is no exception. It is an ex Vasek Polak Can Am racer formally driven by Milt Minter and said to have crashed in 1972 during “training”, which we assume translates to “practice”. The pictures of the project are fascinating, as are the performance numbers that these brutal animals produced… Weighing in at just a scant 1,700 pounds, these twin turbocharged flat 12’s are said to generate almost 1,000 horsepower and 900 ft. lb. of torque. That translates to 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds, 0-100 mph in 3.9 and 0-200 in just 13.4. Yeah, hold on to your bloomers. While those figures are absolutely astonishing, what’s even more mind blowing is that the following year’s 917/30 models made 1,600 horsepower in qualifying trim. The engine and transmission in the car featured here are said to have been […]

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