Buy this 1,060 HP Porsche F1 engine for your holy grail trade-in project

Swapped-engine builds are some of the coolest project cars, with a new engine often completely changing the character of a car. Of course, they can also become outdated, because everyone is sick of seeing LS engines being swapped in everything these days. If you want to impress now, you have to go exotic, and a Porsche-built F1 engine may be the best way to do it, as reports Road and Track.

At auction at collect cars, the engine in question is the 1984 Porsche-TAG TTE P01 Formula 1 engine, and was previously used in the McLaren MP4/2 racing car. In the qualification version, the engine could develop a high output of 1,060 horsepower at a then stratospheric speed of 12,600 rpm. The engine is numbered 29 out of a total of 40 that were built and operated from 1984 to 1987.

It is not known exactly in which cars and in which races it was used, but the engine was used at a time when McLaren employed the services of names like Niki Lauda, ​​Alain Prost and Keke Rosberg. TAG-Porsche engines helped McLaren win drivers’ titles from 1984 to 1986, as well as the constructors’ championship in 1984 and 1985.

The 1.5 liter engine comes with internal components intact, as well as its original intake manifolds and turbochargers. The listing claims that the engine “could eventually be rebuilt” with the engine block and cylinder heads in “excellent condition”. Obviously, rebuilding a Formula 1 engine is no small feat, and it would be wise to entrust the job to a specialist who can work with the fine tolerances of a very tight racing engine.

Obviously, swapping such an engine in a car would be an even more difficult task. It would also be a poor choice for anything heavy and registered on the road. After all, the engine’s design is meant to go full throttle on a racetrack for two hours straight, powering a lightweight minivan. Idling it at the lights on the way to Walmart might see it fail in a short time.

However, if you have a feather-light Time Attack build that is too cheap and reliable, maybe a vintage Porsche F1 engine is just what you need. At the time of this writing, bidding is already at £6,000, or over $8,000, so this motor is sure to set you back a pretty penny.

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