After what seems like the longest few days of my life we have finished our latest Subaru swap. This time it was a JDM Spec C motor with a Porsche transaxle into a Radical SR3. This car started out powered by a stock Hayabusa motor with a final drive, and a sequential gear box. The whole thing weighed in at about 1300 lbs. The service life on the motor was very short (roughly 30 hours) and service costs were very high. Earlier in the year at Inde Motorsports Park the motor kicked a rod out of the block and the owner was at a cross roads. Seeing what PCW has done with our Boxster and Suby motor he was intrigued with the idea of Suby power in the Radical. It would be cheaper to maintain, far more reliable, and best of all much faster.
The project was cruising along a good pace until the owner decided he wanted to take the car to NASA Nationals in OH. At that point the project had to be kicked into high gear and the last few days have been a mad dash to finish the project but still keep a high level of quality. On Thur is didn’t look like it was gonna happen but we kept on pushing through the set backs (and there were a lot of them) until we got it to fire up for the first time. Even though that seemed like a huge step we still had a long way to go from a running engine to a fully functioning race car. This morning at about 11 AM after the longest 3 days of my life with only 5 hours of sleep Kent backed the Radical out under it’s own power. We put it on a trailer and set it off to get tuned. About an hour ago I got a text saying the car made 328/283 at the wheels. Keep in mind this car will only weight about 1500 lbs. To say it will be fast is an under statement.
The car was loaded on a trailer right after the dyno session and is on it’s way to OH for nationals.
Here are a few pics and videos I took with my phone in the last few days. I’ll see if Kent has anymore from the earlier stages of the car.
Yep, it’s a Cajun, it’s confirmed for 2014, and it’s Porsche’s attempt at an entry level SUV:
I know what you’re thinking: “That’s just a photo of a Cayenne.”
Well it may be (We have yet to see a 2 door photo), and it’s official: Porsche is entering the small SUV market.
Truth be told, I like it.
Billed as an ‘Entry Level, Sporty and Economical SUV’, Porsche has opted to build on the success of the Cayenne. There are not a whole lot of details floating around about specs at this time, but one thing seems clear: It’ll be a 2 door SUV. VW big wigs don’t want to take sales from the current Audi Q5. The Cajun is aimed at the Smaller BMW SUV (X3 – which is a 5 door) and RAnge Rover Evoque ( 2 door SUV)….Not sure that is the best approach.
I know, the Panamera Turbo has been growing on you, it’s ok. I know you keep thinking “But I could buy a Rapide, or an AMG S class.”. I know you keep thinking that the Panamera Turbo is borderline scary fast for a Saloon, but what if it was just a bit faster?
Can the speed outrun that body? Can you look past the Polarized exterior and see yourself sitting in butt-hauling luxury and overwhelming saloon car performance?
Need a boost? TECHART has you covered with the new GRAND GT. Based on the (obviously) Panamera, TECHART has made some serious changes to woo the Aston crowd.
How about another 80hp or so? Does over 600lb/ft of torque make you think again? Well it should, because this one definitely goes to 11.
Since its introduction in October of 2009 in the United States, the Porsche Panamera has surpassed expectations with 22,518 sold world-wide. The successful recent introduction of a V6 Panamera has been instrumental in widening this luxury four door sportscar’s appeal, consisting of about 10% of sales.
“Our corporate strategy of value-oriented growth has proven itself to be a successful model: With the Panamera, Porsche has clearly positioned itself with the sportiest automobile in the high-end and luxury-class market and achieves already a 13 percent share of its segment today,” summarized Bernhard Maier, Member of the Management Board for Sales and Marketing of Porsche AG.
There are five models available in the new Gran Turismo series: Panamera and Panamera 4 with 300 HP and a six-cylinder engine, Panamera S and Panamera 4S (400 HP and an eight-cylinder engine), as well as the Panamera Turbo (500 HP and an eight-cylinder engine).
With 9,394 vehicles delivered worldwide, the Panamera 4S is at the head of the charts, followed by the performance-leader, Panamera Turbo (6,171 vehicles) and the Panamera S (4,563 vehicles).
The six-cylinder-model Panamera, introduced only a few weeks ago, has already been delivered to 2,390 customers.