You know how nobody ever said the 930 Porsche 911 Turbo was lacking in boost? Well, Lanzante is now building a 930 with possibly the boostiest engine ever produced: an F1 turbo motor from the mid-80s. Because it turns out that the 1.5 V6 TAG-Porsche engine PH saw in Cosworth’s engine room a couple of weeks ago is in fact headed to one of 11 customer 930s, each set to trade their original flat-sixes for the former McLaren single-seater motor, which – to remind our adolescent readers – hails from an era when cars could produce over 1,000hp in qualifying trim. These particular ones were used by Alain Prost and Niki Lauda.
Of course, the road-going F1-engined 930 model, which has been confirmed for production by Lanzante, will be detuned for reliability. But even a 750-800hp expected output sounds mental. Let us not forget that the original 930 Turbo was a handful in its factory-spec 330hp form. Ramp the boost up to F1 levels (can you believe they reportedly had more than five bar of boost before restrictions were implemented?) and you might think the original car’s tendency for snap oversteer would be multiplied tenfold. Mad.
But we’re very glad it’s happening. And that Lanzante is handling the project. If there’s a firm expert enough to make the most bonkers iteration of F1 engine work in an already bonkers road car, it’s Petersfield-based Lanzante. This company’s recent work includes the P1 LM, a road-going version of McLaren’s track-only P1 GTR. But it’s world renowned status comes from years of motorsport success, including that famous win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the original McLaren F1 GTR. So it knows how to make cars that drive and handle properly.
A demonstration of what’s to come was shown at the recent Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca, where the first F1-engined 930 displayed how Lanzante packaged the 1.5-litre V6 unit and its extensive cooling hardware under the whale tail spoiler-wearing engine cover. But no further details were released. More info is due out soon, however, so watch this space…