Gunther Werks Project Tornado is a classic 993 Turbo with carbon body


What is Gunther Werks doing after revealing the Porsche 993 Speedster last year? Well, it is now ready to take orders for the Project Tornado—based on the 993-gen Turbo coupe. The project is limited to 75 examples.

The classic Turbo coupe is remastered with carbon fibre body panels—which together are said to save over 227 kg (500 lbs) from the donor car. The new body panels offer revised aerodynamics, such as the vented hood and widened front fenders with vents to vent out turbulent air from the wheel wells. Notice that the rear fenders also have vents (or, inlets) to feed air to the engine bay.

You also got LED lighting all around; computer-controlled active coilover suspension; bespoke suspension arms with upgraded bushings and revised geometry; uprated anti-roll bars front & rear; a hydraulic nose lift system, and a front strut brace. The car rides on 18-inch forged aluminium wheels as standard. Forged magnesium and carbon fibre options are also available. Brake discs measure 355 mm x 32 mm at the front and 345 mm x 28 mm at the rear, gripped by Brembo GTR 6-piston and 4-piston calipers, respectively. Carbon ceramic discs are optionally available.

On the inside too, there’s a generous application of carbon fibre, of course. Wherever you lay your eyes, you see carbon fibre goodness, and as you also probably see, Alcantara has been given equal prominence. CNC-machined billet door handles; CNC-machined billet ignition cover; billet aluminum ignition key; forged aluminum pedals, and a Porsche Classic Radio are some of the other key highlights. The re-worked instrument cluster features rev counted re-calibrated to 9,000 rpm (the engine revs to 7,500 rpm though).


The Project Tornado is powered by Rothsport Racing-tuned 4.0-litre flat-six twin-turbo engine coupled with a Getrag 6-speed gearbox with custom gear ratios. Using a racing-derived flat fan and liquid-charged cooling, the engine is controlled by a sophisticated Bi mode Motec engine management system. The output figures are 447 kW (600 bhp/608 metric hp) and 759 Nm (560 lb-ft) in standard mode. But if you switch to track mode, you get up to 522 kW (700 bhp/710 metric hp).

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