Here’s a positively stupid build for none of the usual reasons; as LSX TV reports, a New Zealand man has swapped a turbocharged, LS1 V8 into his Porsche 914, because power.
Now, we here at GM Authority are abiding fans of almost any LS-swap. A GM V8 just seems to make everything better, and it’s certainly not the collectability of the Porsche 914 that has us cringing.
In fact, like everything un-911 that Porsche produced from the 60s through the 90s, the Porsche 914 is generally an undervalued car that can be had for cheap, and molested without upsetting even diehard purists.
But shoehorning a turbocharged LS motor into a delicate, petite Porsche 914 seems like a recipe for a twisted frame, or at least for making a car that’s prone to spin at the slightest touch of throttle. As you can see in the video below, the driver can’t even afford to open up the motor, lest he overpower the rear tires and wind up on the grass. His driving is indicative of the sort of practiced restraint of someone who has likely spun the car dozens of times already.
It’s kind of like hacking your 1987 IBM to run Windows 7; you’re not going to get the full experience.
To be fair, this Porsche 914 was purchased in a very rough state, and the owner made the call to LS-swap the car after finding out how much a replacement flat-6 would run. He put in a custom exhaust and 6-speed Subaru transmission, with Wilwood brakes to help haul the car to a shorter stop. Finally, a GT1 front clip was installed.
The car certainly looks the part, with the body, motor, and layout for a proper track star. But if it’s impossible to run at even nine-tenths without flying off-course, why not swap-in something a little less potent?