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Old 02-27-2007, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default Renegade Hybridís Subaru WRX-Powered Porsche 914

Renegade Hybridís Subaru WRX-Powered Porsche 914

http://news.windingroad.com/aftermar...d-porsche-914/



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The folks over at Renegade Hybrids have apparently tired of stuffing Porscheís 914 with small-block Chevrolet engines, a popular age-old shoe-in for Stuttgartís angular love/hate midship runabout.

Instead, the Las Vegas tuner has figured out how to fold-in the 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four from Subaruís WRX. The boxer layout of the engine is said to require no chassis modifications (though the turbocharger and intercooler will likely require relocation). The company has already fitted the WRX STI engine, giving the flyweight 914 what must be a heroic power-to-weight ratio, as it delivers around 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torqueÖ before modifications. Renegade Hybrids reports that so-equipped, the 914 is not only very reliable and absurdly quick, it is capable of over 25 miles-per-gallon.

The vehicle pictured is Ed Hunzikerís 914, which has a host of additional modifications, including a Beck 934 widebody kit, a comprehensively reworked suspension with Bilstein coilovers, brakes cribbed from a 911 SC, and massive 18-inch Victor Equipment alloys wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R tires. Some of us might pass on the widebody kit (which only looks necessary to accommodate those steamroller wheels), but otherwise, it looks delish.

For more on Hunzikerís 914, seek out the April issue of Sport Compact Car.






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Old 02-27-2007, 03:45 PM   #2
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Oh, this is sick. As a former 914 owner, I have considered this project many times.

What transmission is that?
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:02 PM   #3
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:31 PM   #4
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Finally, a 914 that won't sound like a lion getting castrated underwater!
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:35 PM   #5
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Awesome swap. But as far as the body kit, I just threw up in my mouth a little. That is not a sexy 914.

Ill take the swap with Minilite knockoffs and a 914/6 spolier for 200 please, Alex.
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:55 PM   #6
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Ed posts here. There have been a couple threads about this, but its nice to see the pics from the magazine.
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:59 PM   #7
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Oh, this is sick. As a former 914 owner, I have considered this project many times.

What transmission is that?
according to the article in SCC it's a stock 914. I have heard that they can also use an upsidedown 911 one.

they had a wicked conversion with a 2.0 STi motor in it on their website a while ago.

I would rather it looked like a stock 914 though
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:23 PM   #8
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I agree, the body kit is hideous. I'd personally do a 914-6 / 916 body kit (for the rear fenders).
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:12 PM   #9
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So sweet!
I was piecing together a 914 for a 2.5 swap before, but more pressing financial matters came along
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:24 PM   #10
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Those wheels look ridiculous; they are way too big--its stance reminds me of something like I'd see on an Escalade.
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Old 02-28-2007, 02:47 PM   #11
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In college I had a friend with a turbo rotary swapped into his 914. That was pretty cool. This is also cool. Kudos.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:07 PM   #12
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:25 AM   #13
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Cool 914 WRX in current Excellence Magazine!

I had viewed this post before, and decided that I didn't like the look of the white 914 posted here.

I happen to be a Porsche nut, as well, and when I saw the article in the current edition of Excellence, I was impressed. The article is entitled Flat Fantastic in the June 2007 edition of Excellence, but you can't view the article or pics from the article online-bummer.

The same company, Renegade Hybrid, assisted in building a sweet looking smoke-grey 914 with a 2004 2.0 turbo wrx motor, mated to a 901 transmission (an older porsche transmission, not known for its finesse and feel, but very durable). Evidently the torque is huge in this car, to the point that they permanently blocked the use of first gear to prevent it from being damaged. The article went on to say that the car was very fast, although the suspension in this particular car still needed adjustment at the time of the writing (old 914 suspensions being sloppy, the guy had installed an entire front end from a 1988 911 Carrerra-nice!).

I don't have a pic to add here, but it sure was much prettier, to my eye, than the white one pictured above. The car still had the flared fenders, but they were much more subtle than this white car. The car looked closer to something the Porsche factory would have put into production.

Personally, I love the idea of taking an older 914 and mating a recent subbie turbo motor. I don't like the idea of the 901 tranny-the later 915 tranny proved to be even better, and probably would work with the subbie motor. Perhaps a subbie tranny could be adapted for the 914, or even make the 914 AWD! Ok, so maybe I'm getting a lil too far from reality....if you want a subbie, just buy a subbie.

No idea what a project like this costs, but from the looks of it, it was more than a new WRX. I guess if money is no object, you could put a Porsche 997 S motor in a WRX, too.

The afterthought is, congrats to Renegade, and all those in the business of creating hybrid cars! Some of these creations are very appealing, make sense, and transcend time for the benefit of more current engineering.

Anyways, thought you guys would be interested! Looks like fun to me.

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Old 04-27-2007, 09:14 AM   #14
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The only new thing here is that this is the ugliest body kit to surround a Subaru engine.. and that's saying a lot.

People have been swapping Subaru engines into VWs and Porsches for a very long time.
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