1,600 PS Porsche 997 Turbo By 9ff Gets Cooled By Ice Cubes Before Runs

9ff-tuned Porsches are the bomb. We already know that the tuner’s 997 Turbo, which puts out 1,200 PS (1,183 hp / 883 kW), can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds and max out at a dizzying 400 km/h (249 mph).

This one, however, boasts 400 PS (394 hp / 294 kW) more, bringing total output to an insane 1,600 PS (1,577 hp / 1,176 kW). And since, on paper, it should be able to mix it with high-end hypercars, it was taken to a drag racing event in Germany in order to prove its mettle.

Also Watch: Bugatti Chiron Goes Drag Racing Against Tuned 1,300 HP Audi S4

The thing is, when it lined up at the start line, something unusual happened. Right before it was ready to take off, the crew had to cool that beast of an engine – and did so by throwing ice cubes into the side air intakes, something that we do not see that often. We don’t know whether that trick paid off, but the highly tuned 997 Turbo managed to hit 351.77 km/h (218.58 mph) in a solo run.

If, like us, you were waiting to find out the result of the drag race between the Porsche and the stock Chiron, you’ll be disappointed. That’s because the driver of the Bugatti took it easy, while the one in the 911 floored the gas – so, regardless of the video’s title, this is definitely not a race. Seeing the tuned 997 Turbo take to the drag strip again and again and hearing that flat-six crackle, though, is quite a spectacle on its own.


  • Mr. EP9

    Well, wouldn’t be the first time I’ve seen bags of ice used to keep a car cool in a racing situation.

  • MikeofLA

    I wonder if this does more harm than good, considering that ice isn’t just cooling the air, it’s also restricting it.

    • Bo Hanan

      Those opening are for the intercoolers too. I would think the temperature in the engine bay, the speed and the air coming in should all balance out. I would also bet the melting of the ice becomes a sort of water-spray to the intercoolers.

  • Blade t

    It’s obvious they’re trying to cool the intercoolers, but with 1600hp you better hope that water isn’t dripping on the tires..

  • Vassilis

    Haven’t they heard of dry ice?

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