We’re usually open to all sorts of engine swaps, but understandably, stuffing a giant HEMI V8 into…the front end of a Porsche 911 is way too out there even for the most adventurous.
And yet this has happened, with Danton Arts Kustoms being behind the project. The images shared on Instagram reveal that the car is far from being completed, but the eight-cylinder powerhouse from Dodge has managed to find its way on top of the front axle. That’s right, folks, a front-engined, American-powered 997 Cabriolet.
Now, since there’s no need for the rear engine compartment that used to host a 6-cylinder boxer, the French tuner chopped it off to do something different with it. What’s that, you ask? The answer appears to come from YasidDesign, a rendering artist who has come up with a few digital interpretations of the special project, accompanied by the following caption.
“Many things underway from @danton_arts_kustoms and I. Meanwhile, I’m glad to share another mad creation that’s being brought to life. Yes, hold on to your seats, guys, this @porsche 997 is going to be a thing.”
If the custom builder follows through to a tee, then it will be graced with a ginormous wing at the back, with the rear light clusters mounted beneath together with prominent exhausts and a gigantic rear diffuser. The fenders will be widened on all four corners and new side sills will be added, along with a unique front bumper. The headlights will be modified to resemble those of newer Porsches and a roll cage will be present, along with many other parts, including a massive supercharger.
And those are the visible parts, as many other components will have to be fabricated from scratch or adapted to fit. That’s a lot to chew on, especially with such a big risk of ruining everything for the sake of trying something different.