Porsche fans were left reeling after Singer Vehicle Design recently unveiled the Turbo Study 964 cabriolet. Unfortunately, it was just a one-off commissioned by a client and it’s not clear if more will follow. Meanwhile, Gunther Werks hypes up the scene once more with the announcement of Project Tornado. This is a 993-generation 911 reworked for performance.
As we noted earlier, this is another awesome announcement during the 2022 Monterey Car Week. There’s a lot more to follow, but let’s get up close and personal with what the California-based aftermarket customization outfit brings to the table first. From what we could tell, Project Tornado will appeal to Porsche enthusiasts, especially motoring purists.
Starting with the powertrain, we have a 4.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six from Rothsport Racing. The mill is capable of 600 horsepower, but at the flip of a switch, that goes up to 700 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. The mill is then mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and retains the rear-wheel-drive configuration of the donor vehicle.
Gunther Werks notes that the engine also uses a liquid cooling setup with a flat fan like that of motorsport platforms. The MoTeC ECU should keep everything in check so owners can enjoy the Project Tornado’s capabilities to their fullest extent. As is, the Porsche 911 should already be a beast on the street and tracks, but there’s more.
The donor vehicle’s original body panels receive carbon fiber replacements with aerodynamic optimizations. The composite shaves off 500 lbs. from the original weight of the sports car. However, we don’t have any details about the total downforce for now. Gunther Werks plans to offer only 25 examples of the Project Tornado.Learn More
Images courtesy of Gunther Werks