mcchip-dkr Porsche 911 GT2 993 is an Air-Cooled Jewel
Some of the hottest – if not the hottest – tuner cars in the world of late have been the air-cooled Porsche 911s that have been thoroughly hot rodded by Japan’s RAUH-Welt Begriff. Colossal fender flares, towering rear wings and loud paint and graphics aren’t extraordinary by themselves, but when applied together to a 993-or-earlier 911, they just…work. Some people think they’re played out, but we don’t think that’s the case (yet).
And German tuner mcchip-dkr seems to think the widebody, endurance racer RWB look still has some life left in it, too. How else would you explain the company’s decision to hop up a 993 generation GT2? And even though this GT racing homologation model is plenty potent already, mcchip-dkr couldn’t leave well enough alone under the hood, er, trunk.
Speaking of that, uh, engine cover, it’s topped by a GT2 Evo style spoiler, which is wider and mounted higher than the one that was installed on early 993 GT2s. The front and rear bumpers are replaced with more aggressive looking units, and there are mcchip-dkr stickers on the rocker panels and along the top of the windshield. The stock wheels are replaced with black-centered 18” alloys (10” wide in front, 13” wide in back) and the ride height is lowered by way of a Competition Variant 3 suspension kit from KW.
Inside, the interior has been gutted, a Stack analog tachometer and digital display and data logging system fitted to the carbon fiber trimmed dashboard, and a full roll cage has been installed. A quick release steering wheel has also been fitted, as has a fire-suppression system and a pair of booty-clutching Recaro bucket seats.
But let’s get back to that engine room, shall we? The air-cooled 3.6L twin-turbo flat-six was rated at 450hp in the stock 993 GT2 street version, but mcchip-dkr has done away with the factory Porsche powerplant, lock, stock and, well, block. Yes, the engine block has been replaced, and the two K26 turbochargers have been rebuilt by PUTZ Motorsports. The ECU has also been reprogrammed, and a complete Cargraphic custom exhaust system – complete with high-flow catalytic converters – has been fitted. The result is 596hp and 625 lb.-ft of torque, most of which makes its way to the tires through a 6-speed manual transmission and a DREXLER limited slip differential.
Oh yes, this thing is a beast. And the price is beastly, too: mcchip-dkr spent 800 man-hours putting this car together, at a cost of roughly $265,000. But when you’re exploring the edge of its performance envelope during an open track day, or listening to the wastegates chirping away like angry squirrels, are you thinking about the money you spent? No, you’re thinking about all the fun you’re having, bub. And isn’t fun what contraptions like this are all about?