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Lanzante reveals 920kg Porsche 911 with 625bhp Formula 1 V6

Lanzante Tag Porsche 911 Turbo front quarter render
Lanzante Tag Porsche 911 Turbo front quarter render

Upgraded version of Porsche-Tag F1 powerplant can rev to 10,250rpm

Petersfield-based engineering firm Lanzante has announced it will unveil an upgraded version of its Formula 1-engined Porsche 911, dubbed the Tag Championship, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Based on the 930-generation 911 Turbo, it swaps the car’s original flat six for the Porsche-developed and Tag-branded powerplant that drove McLaren’s F1 cars to three consecutive championship wins between 1984 and 1986.

The 1.5-litre twin-turbo V6 has been upgraded by Cosworth for use on the road, with changes including revised internals – including new pistons, conrods and valves – improved cooling and lighter titanium turbochargers.

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The tweaks mean the engine now puts out 625bhp, up from 503bhp previously, and is capable of revving to 10,250rpm.

It is linked to a reworked version of the six-speed gearbox from the later 993 911, with a bespoke set of gear ratios that are claimed to allow for a top speed of 200mph.

As well as the exotic engine, the Tag Championship 911 receives a chassis overhaul which sees many of its body panels replaced with “Formula 1-grade” carbonfibre.

Its interior has been stripped of almost all its fripperies, including the electric mirrors and windows, and a rollcage has been fitted to boost rigidity and crash protection.

Lanzante Tag Porsche 911 rollcage
Lanzante Tag Porsche 911 rollcage

Recaro bucket seats replace the leather thrones originally fitted to the 911 and a Personal steering wheel – similar to that used in McLaren’s MP4/2 racer – completes the package.

The result of these changes is a weight saving of more than 400kg, with the Tag car tipping the scales at just 920kg (dry).

The car rides on a set of 18in Dymag alloy wheels, said to mirror the design of those fitted to the MP4/2. They are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 rubber measuring 235mm wide up front and 275mm wide at the rear.

Just three Tag Championship 911s will be built, referencing the MP4/2’s three titles. The first will wear a livery referencing Alain Prost’s 1985 helmet design.

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