LeMons racing is a wonderful example that setting limits can actually breed creativity. The series mandates that all entries must cost $500, not counting safety equipment, and that cap forces teams to be ingenious in how they build a racecar. Take for example this diesel-powered Porsche 911, which its creators have dubbed Ferkel the Nein-11, that will be racing in the Sears Pointless race this weekend in Sonoma, California.

This Frankenstein combines a 911 chassis that was originally bought just for its European powertrain and a Volkswagen TDI diesel engine mounted in the rear. After deciding the shell could still be of some use, the team decided to go racing. "We began brainstorming what replacement drivetrain to use for maximum offense and there was really only one answer: a diesel," said Philipp von Weitershausen, one of the team captains, to Jalopnik. They bought a 1998 Jetta TDI on the cheap and started figuring out a way to hack the engine into the bay. To pay respect to the donor, the VW's trunk was highly modified (and drilled) and grafted onto the back of Ferkel.

This team isn't a newcomer to LeMons. Its last car was a classic VW Beetle with a Subaru engine and dual controls, named Ferdinand the Bug, which could be driven from the left or right side. It's quite a sight.

As Ferkel shows, LeMons offers a way for amateurs a relatively cheap way to go endurance racing. The restrictions force builders to do things far out of the norm and use what's around them to get things done. The team has chronicled the entire build with videos on Facebook. Bravo to the turbodiesel 911.


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      SquareFour
      • 9 Months Ago
      "They bought a 1998 Jetta TDI on the cheap..." You know you're getting old when you read that and think, "1998 wasn't that long ago. How'd they get one for under $5-hundo?" And then it dawns on you 1998 was 15 years ago...
      Krazeecain
      • 9 Months Ago
      If I ever win one of those contests where you can win a car, I'll totally try entering it into LeMons. It'd be funny, because most of the guys there are trying to be funny or offensive (in a silly way) with their cars, but ultimately the most offensive thing would be a brand new mustang or something...
      auton
      • 9 Months Ago
      I like the idea of the cost cap. They should consider using that instead of fuel restrictions for some of the major races. Might make for some interesting designs. Don't know if I could find the parts they did for under $500, but, it would be interesting to try. I did see a running 928 advertised a while back for $4000.
      auton
      • 9 Months Ago
      I like the idea of the cost cap. They should consider using that instead of fuel restrictions for some of the major races. Might make for some interesting designs. Don't know if I could find the parts they did for under $500, but, it would be interesting to try. I did see a running 928 advertised a while back for $4000.