2,000 HP Porsche 911 Turbo Races a GT-R and Loses, Sets a Record Anyway

The Porsche 911 Turbo is one of the most revered nameplates in supercar city. Not only does the Turbo build on the six-decades-old legacy of the Neunelfer, but the German is arguably the most usable machine in the segment. Of course, there will always be dreamers who prefer to focus on the velocity side of the Autobahn blitzer. And this is why, for instance, the 911 Turbo is one of drag racing’s top platforms, with this 2,000 HP 997 model being an example as good as any.

In factory form, a 997.2 Porsche 911 Turbo—the facelifted model built between 2010 and 2013—features a twin-turbo 3.8L flat-six producing 500 hp for the Turbo and 530 hp in Turbo S trim. So, how come this particular one packs around four times that power?

Well, the posterior of the machine now packs a fully built boxer done by Esmotor—this was put together by the UK branch of the Turkish-based developer, with this name being responsible for many of the 911 Turbo straight-line records out there.

In fact, the Neunelfer is no stranger to setting records, with the most recent feat of the sort having seen the machine hitting 229.95 mph (370 km/h) in the half-mile during an event held in Indiana last year.

The flat-six works with a pair of Precision Turbos and can rev all the way to 10,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed sequential, albeit with this featuring manual rather than pneumatic actuation.

And, as explained by New Jersey-based shop Aim Performance, the crew who runs the car, a recent dyno run saw the motor delivering 1,650 hp at all four wheels, but not on full boost, hence the 2,000 hp crankshaft output estimation.

The fastest Porsche at TX2K

The Porscha took part in the TX2K hostilities last month, which brought it to the Houston Raceway Park.

And, thanks to the clip below, which comes from Officially Gassed, we get to see a day in the life of somebody who races such an extreme road car—yes, the British license plate (this is a right-hand drive car) is still on.

The 911 Turbo entered the second higher tier of the 1/4-mile roll racing adventures at TX2K (this anti-wheelie, anti-lag twin-turbo Huracan is a taste of what the top class looks like).

The idea was to start at speeds of up to 65 mph (105 km/h), with the lane getting the best trap speed taking the win. Then there were the final elimination rounds, which meant the car that gets to the finish line first walks away with the big W.

And while the Porsche lost to an R35 Nissan GT-R (10:30 timestamp), its best top speed of the event was 205 mph (330 km/h), which made it the fastest Porsche at TX2K, at least as far as the 2022 edition is concerned.

Builds like this 911 Turbo usually keep evolving, which is why we might see more of the Esmotor-powered 997.2 in the future.



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