THE 860BHP PORSCHE

SPORTEC SPR1 T80 – THE 860BHP PORSCHE

Insane Swiss supercar is anything but neutral

For those who think a GT2 isn't mad enough...
For those who think a GT2 isn’t mad enough…

Swiss tuning house Sportec has come up with a modified Porsche 997 Turbo packing a truly bonkers 858bhp.

The T80 will be revealed at the prestigious Salon Privé motor show in London later this month, and is among the most hardcore Porsche conversions you’re ever likely to see. With an increase of 373bhp over the standard 997 Turbo and a headline torque figure of 642lb ft, the twin-turbo T80 is claimed to hit 62mph (100kmh) in three seconds, and 186mph (300kmh) in just 18.9 seconds, before going on to a Veyron-bothering 236mph top speed.

This stunning performance is achieved through an extensive set of modifications to every aspect of the engine and drivetrain, including titanium connecting rods, forged alloy pistons and a dry sump lubrication system. There is also a hand-crafted exhaust system, twin throttle bodies and specially made hybrid turbochargers, and several electronic management systems able to control a vast number of parameters as well as the engine itself.

The shock absorbers and ride height are adjustable, and an unspecified ‘active suspension’ system should make some headway toward keeping that much power on the road. Should you wish to take the car off the road and onto a track (possibly a wise decision), Sportec can also equip customers with a custom-made motorsports exhaust, which should ensure a small additional power increase. The specially designed high-performance clutch should be able to withstand track abuse, as should the all-round cross-drilled and ventilated ceramic disks.

The body gets some carbon/kevlar composite panels to help get the weight down, and aerodynamics are given a helping hand with a flat carbonfibre underfloor and an adjustable rear spoiler. There are also some more subtle bulges and furrows to optimise airflow into the engine and intercooler.

Despite the hardcore track appeal of T80, it is being offered with more-or-less the full suite of 997 accessories, including sat-nav, air conditioning and a multifunction steering wheel. It even meets tough Euro IV emissions standards, though fuel economy figures are not mentioned in the press release and are probably quite amusing.