Can This LS-Powered Porsche 911 Rocket Past the Competition? | #FastFriday

By Colin Wood
May 14, 2021 | #FastFriday

Even though Justin Mangnall’s replica 911 GT3R looks like a fairly standard Porsche track machine, looks can be deceiving as the car actually features an LS V8 powerplant.

This engine-swapped Porsche is one of the latest cars to be chosen for this year's Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge.

What is the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge? It’s is our annual no-holds-barred track competition. The rules are simple: Car and driver must pass a NASA safety inspection. Period.

Here’s a closer look at look at this week’s selection:

Is the 498 horsepower of Justin Mangnall’s LS7-powered 911 enough to rocket it past the rest of the field, or is that big V8 sitting over the rear wheels do more harm than good?

Tom Hahn’s 2017 Elan HP1 is a dedicated track racer with roughly 600 horsepower on tap, but will that be enough to get ahead of the competition?

For his first UTCC, Brian Collins is bringing a modified Shelby Mustang GT350. Sure, it’s a powerful enough machine stock, but will all those mods be able to get the Mustang to the head of the pack?

View these cars, along with the rest of the field, on the UTCC website. If you think you have what it takes to win, enter your car here.

The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Tire Rack in association with Wilwood EngineeringHP TunersSPA TechniqueXClutch and KW Suspensions, with trophies from BimmerWorldFalken TireHoosier Tire, and Mach V Motorsports.

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GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/14/21 3:24 p.m.

"Elan HP1" doesn't seem to be an original model code, looks like an NP01 with something making over 3x the normal amount of power in it.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/14/21 4:03 p.m.

In reply to GameboyRMH :

Good eye. It is a NP01, but we went with HP1 since that's what it was entered as. At any rate, it'll be exciting to see how it does with all that power.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
5/14/21 5:35 p.m.

I suspect the HP01 is a joke from the owner that it went from No Power to Horse Power. I can appreciate it. 

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