• Jun 3, 2010
TPC Racing Porsche Boxster Spyder – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Boxster Spyder may be one of the purest Porsches to date, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. However, unlike the majority of tuning firms, TPC Racing is different. They take a holistic approach to the project at hand and in the case of their white-on-black Spyder, they're not just looking to improve the Porsche's performance, they're out to build a supercar.

We've spent time with the company's Cayman S Turbo and there's no doubt they've got the skills to accomplish the task (20+ years of motorsports knowledge helps), but how do you improve on something that's damn-near perfect right out of the box? In this case, the answer (predictably for TPC) comes in the form of forced induction.

Although they've already increased the output of the flat-six to 321 horsepower with a few ECU tweaks, the planned turbo upgrade will boost the power to 470 hp... at the wheels. In a 2,811-pound roadster.

But if you only want the power upgrade, look elsewhere. TPC won't offer the engine work alone, opting instead for a comprehensive upgrade package that includes a round of suspension mods that won't just make the Spyder stick harder, but offer infinite adjustability through Porsche's two-mode shock system. The whole kit-and-caboodle will set you back around $16,000 ($10k for the engine mods and $6k for the suspension), but once it's completed, the $80,000 entry price should be enough to shame some of the world's most high-powered exotics.

Kilometer Magazine will be following the build, so expect more updates to come in the following weeks.



[Source: Kilometer Magazine]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That just sounds fun, made for racing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yes please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $80,000 for 470 hp... at the wheels + suspension to match + those looks = Epic Win

      This thing looks like a scaled down version of teh Carrera GT ina good way, in a very good way.

      Saw one of these bad boys a month ago and ot looked soooooooooooo much better than a regular boxster. Now with the extra ooomph the 80k price tag is justified.

      Convertibles are just not for me though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah I'm not big on convertables either, but seeing the 918 Spyder and now this, I'm being won over!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Speed12sil,

        The TPC kit is a light-pressure, quick-spooling turbo kit, probably 5-6 PSI, which the stock engine can handle, without being built for low compression, given the engine's shared design with other units that make much more power than the stock Boxster Spyder.

        If the engine were rebuilt for turbocharging with specific cams, pistons, and such, it would likely make nearly 500 horsepower, as the current Porsche Turbo 997.2 cars put out 500+ out of just slightly more displacement, from the factory.

        The Porsche boxer engine family is certainly no wall-flower, and is quite capable, if not hammered. Especially the new generation engines that have been updated.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know how the stock internals hold up with FI, as I think the engine was developed from the on-set for NA, not FI.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @speed12sil: Don't worry, the 997.2 Turbo is based off this engine architecture. It's basically the 3.8DFI with two VGTs slapped on. So I'm sure this thing can handle it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Knowing how Porsche actually sells their cars I guarantee you it's going to be quite a bit more than $80,000 since none of those cars leave the lot at the base MSRP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im a frugal man, but im cashing out part of my 401k to purchase this NOW!. I know an epic deal when i see one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sign me up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      pretty epic win...

      for $96,000, 470rwhp on a 2800LB car is freakin epic...lol

      so its a lil bit lighter than the S2K, and yet it has abt 3X's the power as a S2k do abt 160rwhp
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not to mention the inherently better balance of a flat, mid-engine, rather than front-mid vertical engine.

        Epic might indeed be applicable here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait...is this the same TPC Racing in Jessup Maryland on Route 1? Holy crap, that's literally ten minutes from my house. I live in Columbia/Ellicott City. Epic win x2!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very freaking cool. I've been in love with the new Boxster Spyder since it was introduced. I wish I could get my sticky hands on a finished TPC one. Not quite within my striking range for the whole thing.
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