• 1100 HP Porsche 911 Turbo Almost Takes Off During Drag Launch

That’s one badass wheelie right there

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Wheelies and drag racing go together like summer and June. Sure, they’re spectacular, but rather inefficient, because a wheelie is essentially wasted torque that lifts the car’s nose, instead of moving the entire vehicle forward. As a countermeasure, wheelie bars are usually fitted. The same can’t be said about this 1100-horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo that has no problem in pulling a huge wheelie on the drag strip.

From track-ready scalpel to wheelie-inducing monster

1100 HP Porsche 911 Turbo Almost Takes Off During Drag Launch
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You’d get a lot of menacing looks from Porsche fans and random petrolheads alike for claiming the standard Porsche 911 Turbo is underpowered.

In Turbo guise, the Neunelfer puts out 540 horsepower (the Turbo S is even more oomph-y, at 580 horsepower) and needs just 2.9 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.

Obviously, for some car nuts, that’s not enough. And we get it. Building a drag-race-focused car from a bone-stock 911 Turbo requires, first and foremost, a bump in power. But this 911 Turbo you’re about to see has more than double the grunt it offered when it left the factory.

1100 HP Porsche 911 Turbo Almost Takes Off During Drag Launch
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There’s not much we know about it other than what we’re told via the video’s description: this 911 makes 1,100 horsepower at the wheels, and just like our colleagues at Road&Track point out, the power rating at the crank should be of roughly at least 1,200 horsepower. That’s a huge amount of grunt extracted from the 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six that huffs and puffs behind the driver.

We imagine torque took a serious hike too, judging from the audacity of that wheelie pulled by the 911. The regular Turbo cranks out 486 pound-feet of twist (the Turbo S makes 516 pound-feet of torque), so this particular tweaked 911 is definitely a long way above those ratings.

Be advised, though. The video is rather dull except for that moment when the 911 looks like it’s ready to take off. So to avoid yawning and whatnot, make sure you jump straight to 7:04 for the juicy stuff. Of course, if you’re looking to kill time, then you could watch the entire video. It’s taken at a private track event, so other cool fast cars make an appearance too.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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