Gunther Werks launches “Project Tornado”


Even in a busy part of the restaurant world, what Gunther Werks has done with the Porsche 911 has already earned him a great reputation. “Pretty much about it…brilliantly sums up everything I want in a car” was PH’s verdict on the sold-out Speedster earlier this year. They already make very good cars. And here is the fastest…

The cars were already fast, with more than 400 hp for only around 1,200 kg. For this Project Tornado – or, to give the car its full name and keep everyone happy, the Gunther Werks Project Tornado Remastered Porsche 911 – the 4.0-litre has been twin-turbocharged and more of the bodywork is in carbon. Combined, Gunther Werks says you’re looking at something vaguely resembling a 993 that now has 700bhp in track mode and weighs 500lbs (226kg) less than the “original platform” – 1,225kg is the number that goes around. Yeah.

New carbon panels – including but not limited to the twin-bubble roof, wider side skirts, vented bonnet and huge diffuser – are designed to improve cooling and downforce as well only to reduce weight. It really is an extraordinary looking car, the Project Tornado, wide and butch like old fashioned 911s rarely are – even restomods. Look how pumped the front arches (also made of carbon) are. It could hardly be more different from the Tuthill project which is also featured at The Quail, showing just how vast the cult of 911 really is.

At least it has the power to match the aesthetic. Gunther Werks says the Rothsport Racing-built 4.0-litre has a race-inspired flat fan, liquid-charged cooling platform and Motec ECU, with 600hp as standard and 700hp on offer for the bravest. Interestingly, Gunther Werks will be offering Tornado customers a touring package – if it’s good enough for Porsche, it’s good enough for Porsche modifiers – which tames the flat six a bit “for a quieter driving style” as well than adding a different seat, ducktail spoiler instead of that big tea tray and some storage solutions as well. As has become tradition for GW cars, the Tornado’s interior is handsome but quite bare – you can pair your phone (with an inductive magnetic charging base, no less), select track driving mode and use the elevator nose. That’s really about it, but then again, what more do you need? 700 hp, 8,000 rpm and a six-speed manual should keep you busy.

Gunther Werks has not released any official performance, pricing, or availability details for Project Tornado. Build a 911 that looks like this, unveil it in Monterey and they will come, right? If it follows the naturally aspirated models, expect around 25 cars to be made and priced at a million pounds. Perhaps more, in fact; with all these wild restomods going on, the world will soon run out of donor cars…

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