This Porsche 911 Turbo Makes 1200 HP Thanks to a VR6 Engine Swap

Brian Silvestro
Photo credit: Speed Density Motorsports

From Road & Track

As far as engine-swapped cars go, this is a strange one. It's a 996-generation 911 Turbo that's had its flat-six swapped out for a Volkswagen VR6 engine tuned to 1200 horsepower. The car is now a runway racer, and sounds unlike any 911 we've heard before.

According to Engine Swap Depot, the car was built by Jay Lawlor of Speed Density Motorsports, a shop in Lewisburg, Tennessee. The car is all stock from the outside, down to the factory five-spoke wheels. Things only get interesting when you crack open the rear bonnet.

Photo credit: Speed Density Motorsports

Sitting in place of the stock powerplant is a 3.2-liter VR6 engine sourced from a 2004 Touareg SUV. It's packed with a Golf R32 crankshaft, JE forged pistons, Pauter X-beam rods, and a stock ported head. Forced induction comes thanks to a Precision 8385 turbocharger pushing air through a custom manifold. Handling fuel duties are three Walbro pumps and twelve 1700-cc injectors—two for each cylinder. It runs on E85 thanks to a standalone Syvecs ECU, making a total of 1202 horsepower.

Photo credit: Speed Density Motorsports

This summer Lawlor was able to achieve a maximum speed of 179 mph at the Pikes Peak half-mile Shift Sector event this summer, but back then, the car was making "just" 900 horsepower to the wheels.

Engine Swap Depot says Lawlor plans to upgrade the engine with a CNC ported head, and swap out the manual transmission with a PDK dual-clutch unit out of a 991-generation 911 Turbo. That sounds like a hell of a project to take on, but considering how far he's come so far, we bet he'll be able to pull it off. We can't wait to find out.

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