Lanzante is building classic 911s with McLaren Formula 1 engines
So recently I've been posting about some crazy engine swaps, including a 2JZ Mustang and a rotary-powered Jaguar E-Type, but this beats them both by a long shot.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a Porsche 911 with an ex F1 engine from the McLaren MP4/2 which dominated the 1984 season winning 12 out of 16 races while driven by Alain Prost and Niki Lauda.
What's even better is that Lanzante – a British racing company known for making bespoke modification of hypercars such as the McLaren P1 longtail – got permission from McLaren to produce 11, 930-gen 911's each equipped with an ex F1 engine that was actually raced.
The TAG 1.5 litre twin-turbo V6 engine was capable of over a 1,000bhp in qualifying trim, with as much as 5 bar of boost prior to restrictions being placed on the turbo engines in the mid-80s.
The car was shown off by Lanzante at this year's Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca in the US at the end of September, in a series of Instagram posts the company confirmed production of further 11 cars.
It's unclear whether or not the car will be road legal, or what sort of power the car will make. It's likely that it will be nowhere near the 1,000hp mark, or even the race-spec 800bhp thanks to reliability concerns. However given a that the original car came with 330hp anything above the 600 marks will be huge, oh and the sound...
But what is a McLaren F1 engine doing in the back of a Porsche?
Well because it is actually a Porsche engine build for McLaren but funded by TAG (Techniques d'Avant Garde) a Swiss company that sponsored Williams and Later on McLaren F1 teams in the 80's. The company paid some 5 million dollars to fund the development of the engine thus buying itself naming rights, but design and development was carried out by Porsche.
But what the hell is it doing in the back of a 911? According to the stories a 930 911 was used as a test-bed during the development of the engines back in the early 80s. The story was confirmed back in 2012 when Martin Spain from 'Drive Cult' got invited to McLaren Technology Centre, where he snapped up a few images of said 930-911 with the F1 engine, previously the car was a bit of an urban legend being put away into storage by McLaren after testing was complete.
It's not possible to tell right now whether or not the car from McLaren Technology Centre and the one from Rennsport Reunion are one and the same. They share the same RUF 5-Spoke alloy wheels, however, the car from Rennsport features a different engine, intercoolers and is missing the front wing mounted indicators.