This Gorgeous Porsche 911 Packs a 1980s Formula 1 Engine

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This Porsche 911 Packs a 1980s Formula 1 EngineLanzante

The world of vintage Porsche 911 restoration, modification and collection is a saturated one, to say the least. Every once in a while, however, a remade 911 stands out as truly unique — and it appears that United Kingdom-based tuner Lanzante has delivered just that with its latest batch of truly staggering 930-generation cars.

The reason that Lanzante's latest creation is so captivating isn't for its bespoke interior or custom paint color (although those are amazing). Instead, it's what the mad geniuses in Petersfield were able to fit in the rear of a 911: a Porsche-developed and Tag-branded 5.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 from McLaren's MP4/2 Formula 1 cars.

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Collecting three consecutive F1 championships between 1984 and 1986, McLaren was a dominant force in that late '80s era of F1. Lanzante has turned up the boost on its compact powerplant. With help from the folks at Cosworth, the 1.5-liter engine received new pistons and valves, improved cooling, and lighter titanium turbochargers. The end result is 625 horsepower — in a car that weighs just over 2,000 pounds. Oh, and did we mention it has a 10,250-rpm red line?


To put all that power down to the rear wheels, Lanzante has retrofitted a six-speed manual transmission from a 993-generation 911 and included a customized set of gear ratios. This ratio change allows for a whopping 200-mph top speed. Underneath the sleek, majority-new carbon fiber bodywork, Lanzante has done a complete chassis overhaul, with the tuned 930 riding on 18-inch Dymag alloy wheels (mirroring the wheels fitted to the MP4/2) and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.

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The interior has also been stripped and replaced with a roll cage and Recaro bucket seats. Even the electronic mirror adjustment and windows have been removed in the name of weight reduction. All told, Lanzante is claiming it removed nearly 900 pounds from the 930 shell.

Want one? Well, good luck. Only three units will be built in honor of McLaren's consecutive championship titles from 1984, respectively won by Niki Lauda in '84 and Alain Prost in '85 and '86. The first of the three models will also wear a paint scheme reminiscent of Alain Prost's 1985 helmet design. For those wanting a closer look, Lanzante says that the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed is where the bonkers reincarnation of McLaren's F1 powerplant will be officially revealed.

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