Just when we thought we’ve seen everything done to classic Porsches, famous McLaren specialist Lanzante announces the production of a Porsche 930 Turbo fitted with real TAG F1 V6 engines. And we mean real ex-F1 race engines.
For years, there was this legend talking about McLaren fitting a Porsche 911 with the TAG Turbo F1 engine that later powered its F1 cars between 1984 and 1987. McLaren eventually showcased that car at its factory a few years ago, confirming the legend.
Fast forward to today, when Lanzante announced in an Instagram post that they got permission from McLaren Racing to build a further 11 cars, each with a TAG F1 engine that has actually raced in F1. Now imagine being able to say that your car is powered by an engine that has won an F1 race. It is simply insane.
The first of the “new” F1-powered Porsche 930s was showcased at the Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca but somehow it went unnoticed, until now. Wearing just a set of RUF wheels, this really special Porsche 911 adopts a rather understated look. The interior hosts a pair of lovely bucket seats and that’s it, well, until you take a look at the rev-counter that has ‘TAG Turbo’ written on it and features a redline at 9,000rpm. Oh, an a water temperature gauge as well.
TAG’s twin-turbo TTE P01 1.5-liter V6 engine was able to deliver over 1,000hp in qualifying spec according to some reports, but we still don’t know what kind of power it will make when nestled into the 911’s bottom or if the cars are going to be legal for road use. We reached out to Lanzante and we’ll update once we hear from them.
Lanzante Motorsport are the same people responsible for the McLaren P1 GT and the P1 LM, which is the road-legal version of the P1 GTR. Their relationship with McLaren goes years back and includes a Le Mans win in 1995 with the Lanzante- prepped Veno Clinic F1 GTR.
Sorry Singer, but an F1-powered Porsche 930 will always be the king of the classic 911 family in our books.
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26 Formula One wins from 68 Grand Prix between 1984-1987. The Tag Turbo engine was also fitted to a single Porsche 930 as a test mule. We are now making a further 11 cars with permission from McLaren Racing. Seen here for the first time @rennsportreunion 📸 @gilesrozier17 & @a3.rud Thanks also to @iamchrisvassilopoulos #porsche #930turbo #mclarenf1 #nikilauda #alainprost #lanzante #rennsport