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This Is What An F1-Powered 1986 Porsche 930 Sounds Like

Understated but sporting a very special.

The elusive TAG V6-powered 930 has become stuff of legend—more myth than reality. Hearsay about a small batch of these development mules have circled around the internet, with only a few grainy photos as evidence to their existence. For fans of Porsche and F1, this wedding of greats is something truly special to finally see in action—like spotting an elusive white whale.

Fans of ’80s Formula 1 will no doubt recognize the trademark throaty burble of the TAG TT1 P01. The 80-degree, 1.5-liter V6, force-fed by two KKK turbochargers and soaring to 12,600 rpm, made as much as 1,100 horsepower in qualifying trim. While not the most powerful as the contemporary Honda, Renault, and BMW engines, the Porsche-TAG engine was one of the most successful.

In an era dogged by unreliability, this motor was one of the more robust. Rather than peak power, Porsche chased reliability and a seamless chassis-engine integration. This foresight resulted in this motor three drivers’ championships, two constructors’ championships, and an astounding 25 wins from its 68 races.

Though justifiably conservative with the 930, it’s still extremely quick down the front straight.

It was also extremely light at just 320 pounds without turbos, intercoolers, or exhaust. When thrown in the rear of the 930, it brought the total to 2,425 pounds. This car was used as a development mule to get the most out of the motor at the time, though this example was detuned slightly. Rather than running full boost and revs, they dropped both for a total of 510 horsepower at 9,000 rpm. Remember, these motors — sometimes referred to as « grenades » — were boosted at 50+ psi in race trim, so some changes were needed for reliability’s sake.

Lanzante will be building 11 of these at the price of $1.45 million a pop. Even with the restrained run and poor camera work, it still looks like it’s worth every dollar. Time to start searching through the couch for any misplaced coins.

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Honda Pulls Pin on Fernando Alonso’s Porsche Le Mans Drive

Honda has pulled the pin on Fernando Alonso’s hopes to race with Porsche at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Despite signing with Honda to race with McLaren during the 2015 Formula One season, Alonso was still in talks …

Honda Pulls Pin on Fernando Alonso’s Porsche Le Mans Drive

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Nico Hulkenberg to Race for Porsche in 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans

Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg has been confirmed a seat for one of two Porsche 919 Hybrids set to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year. Hulkenberg’s appointment into the Porsche team represents the first time a …

Nico Hulkenberg to Race for Porsche in 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Nico Hülkenberg to race for Porsche at Le Mans

Current Formula One racer, Nico Hülkenberg will race the third Porsche 919 Hybrid in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans after Weissach announced it has signed the services of the German racer for next June’s endurance classic.

Hülkenberg, who will again race for Sahara Force India in F1 next season, will take part in Porsche’s Le Mans warm-up race at the FIA WEC Spa Six Hours before a tilt at the French endurance race.

““Porsche and Le Mans – this combination probably attracts every race driver,” the 27-year-old German explained. “I’ve been a Porsche fan for a long time and have been watching their return to the LMP1 class closely.”

Porsche will return to Le Mans in 2015 with three Porsche 919 Hybrids as it looks for its 17th win at the French endurance race.

“The desire grew to drive that car at Le Mans. I am very pleased the 2015 Formula One calendar allows for it and I’m grateful to my Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s generosity to let me go for it,” Hülkenberg continued.

Hülkenberg will become the first driver to dovetail an F1 campaign with a 24 Hours of Le Mans outing since Sebastian Bourdais in 2009. The Frenchman drove for Toro Rosso and Peugeot respectively.

The signing is somewhat of a coup for Porsche, who will be gunning for a 17th overall victory at La Sarthe in 2015, with their last win coming in 1998 with a Porsche 911 GT1-98 driven by Allan McNish, Stéphan Ortelli and Laurent Aïello.

Andreas Seidl, LMP1 team boss, says the signing of Hülkenberg validates the hard work all involved in the 919 Hybrid project.

“Having caught the interest of another world class driver like Nico is validation for the job the entire Porsche LMP1 crew had done in our first WEC season,” explained LMP1 Team Principal, Andreas Seidl.

“Now we will prepare Nico for his new challenges such as dealing with the traffic of the slower GT cars and racing into the Le Mans night. We have got a road map in place which should enable him to exploit his driving abilities at his Le Mans debut.”

Porsche has yet to reveal the identity of the other two Porsche 919 Hybrid drivers set for a seat in the third Le Mans entry however, current GT drivers, Nick Tandy, Michael Christensen and Frédéric Makowiecki are all believed to be in contention.

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