LS power baby!
Think crazy engine swaps, and there's only one engine that you know will always bring big power and loads of debate to the scene. Chevrolet's LS V8 is the answer to all the crazy engine swap questions ever asked, it seems, and, in stock form, it's been used in everything from the Chevrolet Silverado to the Chevrolet Corvette. There have been cross-brand swaps, too, but it becomes a touchy subject when you talk about dropping an LS motor into something like a Porsche Cayman. But that's exactly what Jordon Musser, a race car driver and engineer, did to a previous-generation version of Porsche's mid-engine sports car, and the result is something incredible.
At first glance, it looks like a run-of-the-mill modified Cayman from 2007; with a luminous green livery and a giant spoiler, you would think it's Musser's weekend track toy. But under the lid at the back, it houses a dirty secret, as it's been equipped with a twin-turbocharged version of Chevy's 6.2-liter LSA V8 developing 1,210 horsepower and 959 lb-ft of torque. Yes, you read that right, the LS-swapped Cayman has nearly three times more power than a stock 718 Cayman GT4.
What's more impressive still is how clean the swap is. He fabricated the entire thing so that the engine could be simply installed and uninstalled for general maintenance as well as further upgrades.
Musser originally wanted to build an LS-swapped Porsche 911, since he has previous experience building a 911 Turbo, but he figured everyone builds 911s these days, so it was just too common. But the Cayman proved to be a more intriguing challenge with the rear suspension setup being a strut and not a multi-link setup. He also had to move the driver forward, and the gearing of the gearbox was completely incompatible for use with the LS engine. But being an engineer he reveled in the challenge, swapping out the gearbox for a six-speed manual from a Lamborghini Gallardo. Lamborghini also inspired the paint, which is the same Verde Ithaca you can spec on a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.