Friday, 3 September 2010
Porsche 914 - twin-supercharged V8
The Porsche 914 is often sidelined by its more ostentatious brethren, but it's a marvellously well-rounded little poppet. Built collaboratively between Porsche and Volkswagen in the early seventies, it has the ideal layout for a proper sports car: mid-engined, two-seater.
But what if the 1700cc flat-four (or even the later 2.0 flat-six, borrowed from the 911T) doesn't quite do it for you thrust-wise? Well, you could do what this chap has done and bung a small-block Chevy V8 in it.
...and not just a V8. In addition to the fury brought forth by 350 cubic inches, he's strapped on a pair of superchargers for good measure. Well, why not eh?
Engineering on this scale is a joy to behold when it's happening in someone's garage. The skill involved in crafting the 10-point rollcage, the bespoke Kevlar body (based around 935/916/930 cues), the traction control system, the 911 Turbo suspension, the carbon-fibre dash, the fuel cell, the inverted transaxle and the myriad other innovations is gobsmacking. Click here to see the full extraordinary details of the build.
Posted by juice at 14:45