Update 2/4/2019: This article, originally published July 13th, 2016, has been updated with a video interview with an engineer from Elmer Racing, the Finnish shop that designed the car's engine.
The 968 is an often forgotten model within the Porsche lineage. Replacing the more popular 944, the 968 was produced in much lower numbers, and faded into the background as Porsche became the 21st-century company it is today. A Porsche 968 is one of the last cars you'd think to turn into a time-attack race car—unless you're the guys at , that is.
PR Technology is a racing shop in Australia that specializes in building Porsche race cars and supporting Porsche racing teams. While most people think of the 911 GT3, Spec 944, or the Cayman GT4 Clubsport as your typical track-ready P-Car, PR Tech thinks differently. As you can see by this Time Attack 968, the craziest track build we've seen in quite some time.
The car, dubbed "RP 968" after its lead builder, Rod Pobestek, was built to compete in the Open Class at the . Being in that class allows complete freedom in terms of aerodynamics, and Pobestek took full advantage.
As it sits, the 968 has almost nothing in common ascetically with the original car. It was first computer modeled to simulate the aerodynamics elements required to make the desired downforce. Every panel is carbon fiber, and the completed car is several feet wider and longer than before. It has a wing that nearly doubles the height of the car, and a splitter big enough to double as a snow plow. The inside edges of the front wheels stand wider than the doors, and require massive arches to accommodate their reach. The rear diffuser looks like something taken straight out of a Transformers movie, the car's original taillights nearly buried behind huge carbon elements.
The body isn't the only thing that's been tweaked to the extreme. Elmer Racing, the Finnish company behind the engine, took the original Porsche four cylinder design, created a billet aluminum block, and filled it with forged internals. They then slapped on a huge Borg Warner turbo to create enough power to back up the looks—somewhere between 600 and 900 horsepower, depending on what the driver requests. Everything, from boost pressure to ABS, is controlled on the steering wheel. At the back end of the car, PR has replaced the original gearbox with a six-speed Albins transaxle. The YouTube channel interviewed Oskar, an engineer from Elmer Racing, to discuss how his team developed the engine, and all of the difficulties that came along with it.
It's clear that this car was built for one thing, and one thing only: To be the fastest, wildest Porsche 968 you've ever seen at a track day. Not that they had a whole lot of other 968s to compete with.