Eneos oils continue its controversial engine swap series.
Pretty much the only thing that Porsche and Subaru have in common is the fact that they are both dedicated boxer engine loyalists, even though they cater to almost completely different markets. The two manufacturers have worked with other brands in several instances, but they have never partnered up to create something officially, and we have a feeling that this will never change.
The folks over at Eneos Oils have decided to change this by building a special 997 Porsche 911 GT3 kitted out with Subaru's EJ25 turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four originally used by the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX. Sacrilege? Some may argue that it is, but the grease monkey tasked with putting this car together, who previously K-swapped an E30 BMW 3 Series for Eneos, is just interested in creating something unique and special.
Engine-swap expert Faruk Kugay of DevSpeed has now taken this formerly crashed Porsche 911 GT3 and given it a new lease of life for the 2022 SEMA Show that opened its doors today. This isn't just a fancy show car, but rather a purpose-built track machine that employs the EJ25 for its weight-saving characteristics. Of course, it is less powerful than the GT3's high-revving naturally aspirated flat-six in standard guise, but through some good old modifying, Kugay was able to best Porsche's 415 horsepower output.
The flat-four engine is fitted with a BorgWarner EFR 7064-C turbocharger and an upsized Vibrant Vertical Flow intercooler. This is joined by fuel injectors, rails, and pumps sourced from Deatschwerks and a Nuke Performance fuel cell and fuel system. No official power output is confirmed, but a 550 hp figure is hinted at.
The exhaust system is completely custom while the transmission is almost standard if you excuse the reverse-cut ring gear and bell housing supplied by Subarugears in Australia and built by SubiWorks in California.
For the visuals, Kugay wanted the special GT3 to look like a race car, so VAD Design was approached to create a kit that resembles the GT3R track model. This consists of expanded wheel arches and is complemented by a set of 19-inch Rotiform 917 alloy wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes R888R tires. If you need to change these tires mid-race, the car also features a professional Nuke Performance Air Jack 90 Competition system that lifts the car on demand.
As for stopping power, the reworked Porsche 911 GT3 uses the stock braking system with Hawk competition pads. On the interior side, you'll find a pair of Tillett B6 Screamer carbon fiber seats with harnesses, a custom steering wheel designed by DevSpeed, and an Illumasthetic dashboard with Landmark Grafix 3M anti-glare wrap so that you can maintain focus on your racing lines while competing in bright light conditions.
The livery may appear to be unashamedly Subaru, but Kugay explains that there is also a mix of the Salzburg Porsche 917 livery in there as well. This unique display was penned by Sean Smith Design and applied by Landmark Grafix. The unique GT3 STI will take to Eneos's stage next to its radical Tesla Model 3 Pikes Peak build.