A beat-up, burnt Porsche 996 is a sight for sore eyes. To put it plainly, the finest in German engineering doesn’t deserve to be treated like this by an engine fire that rendered it virtually catatonic.

Fortunately, LS1tech forum member "1dirtyZ" has come to save this particular 996 from the jaws of a junk shop incinerator. Taking the completely destroyed 996, 1dirtyZ bought the Porsche sports car to give it a complete make-over, one that specifically involved changing the powertrain and putting in a General Motors LS1 V8 engine to replace the 996’s old 3.6-liter H6 engine that produced 316 horsepower. With the LS1 V8 engine, the Porsche 996 is looking at a new output of around 345 horsepower and 350 lb/ft of torque.

The project is far from a finished product - as you can see, there’s still plenty of work left to be done - but from the looks of things, it should be done sooner than later. In the meantime, there are a couple of videos you can watch of the GM-powered Porsche 996 - how often do you hear that? - hitting the road for some test runs after the jump.

Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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  (569) posted on 08.26.2011

I have to say that I’m not impressed with the speed performance of the car. Its deliver power output can be deliver by a v6 engine. This is just a waste of money.

  (594) posted on 08.26.2011

IMO, I don’t like the styling of its headlights. It looks like a vintage vehicle. And I think the figure performance of the car is less powerful for a v8 technolog

  (613) posted on 08.2.2011

Agreed. The engine performance of the car is quite dangerous and deadly! It seems that the owner wants a speed that is similar with the 911! BTW, I think it would be better if they have modified the exterior as well.

  (502) posted on 08.2.2011

Well, its nice to hear that they have replaced successfully the engine of the car. The figure performance of the car is kind of impressive. I guess its now equivalent to the power output of the Porsche 911.

  (502) posted on 08.2.2011

Well, its nice to hear that they have replaced successfully the engine of the car. The figure performance of the car is kind of impressive. I guess its now equivalent to the power output of the Porsche 911.

  (397) posted on 07.6.2011

Wow, the work on this one is actually pretty impressive. I like how they were able to squeeze that engine in without making a lot of modifications to the car.

  (441) posted on 07.6.2011

Well, that’s pretty impressive for those who built and saved this Porsche 996 from the devastating hands of Junk shop. The power is extremely powerful. I can’t to see the final rendition of this one.

  (399) posted on 07.5.2011

Hahaha! Franken-Porsche, I definitely love that one. But I would say that you either need to be a brilliant mechanic or a crazy nutcase to pull this one off, just imagine the amount of power in the car now.

  (448) posted on 07.4.2011

Yup, Franken-Porsche would really suit this one. I just wonder if this is the only mod that they would be doing to this baby. Love to see this one in action.

  (858) posted on 07.4.2011

Yes, that’s quite nice! However, it seems that the driver is also the cameraman of this video. There’s a lot of seconds wasted on dead air rather than actual footage of the test drive of the car ..Please, I want to see a full video of the test driving.

  (474) posted on 07.4.2011

Yeah, that’s quite a Wow! Its impressive on how this guy replaced the rear-wheel-drive to old engine of the 996. I just wonder if there’s a compatibility issue or something. I guess it still need a tons of work to furnish the whole thing. I can’t wait to see the final test drive of this car. Please keep us posted. Thanks smiley

  (276) posted on 07.4.2011

What the, a Frankenstein Porsche? I would say that this one is definitely something. But I really like the idea that they have for this, would really love to see it perform.

  (488) posted on 07.4.2011

Well, I probably need not to say that that’s one heck of a dangerous stunt. But I would also agree that it is quite awesome, one wrong move and they would definitely be done for.

  (16) posted on 07.2.2011

WoW.. I’m pretty amazed that this guy is from SaudiArabia. Finally, the motorsport became known and the realization of it became much better than before. viva KSA

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