A WWII aircraft on four wheels?
In a world where automobile enthusiasts are constantly chasing the next best upgrade, Matt Farah, our beloved host of The Smoking Tire, has just revealed his transformed Porsche 718 Spyder, and oh boy, it's more beast than car!
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For those in the Porsche community, the Caymans and Boxsters might evoke a tad bit of lament with their notably long gearing. Enter DeMan Motorsport, the Porsche wizards. Their surgical alterations to the Spyder's transmission and engine have turned Farah's sports car into what he dubs "an analog monster" that rips through canyons.
You'd think that after such an upgrade, Farah would be gunning the Spyder down highways right away. Nope! Demonstrating remarkable restraint and care for the machine, he undertook a 3,500-mile break-in, ensuring the car's optimal performance. This meticulous process involved two rigorous black-stone tests to assess the oil's purity at the 1,500 and 3,500-mile marks.
So, what magic did DeMan bring to this Porsche?
To start, they revamped the transmission, redefining the gears especially from two to five, making them more succinctly aligned to the car's prowess. And the engine! It's now a roaring 4.5-liter flat-six powertrain churning out a whooping 570 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. To put that in perspective, the stock 718 Spyder came with 414 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque.
With the gears and power tuned, Farah's Spyder now offers a driving experience that’s a class apart. The sensation isn't merely about speed. Farah equates the car’s throaty roar and forceful delivery to the power and charisma of a WWII aircraft - an analogy that's bound to ignite the imagination of motorheads everywhere!
Driving this DeMan-customized Spyder isn’t just about the rush of speed; it’s about the sheer joy of the drive. Both Farah and Zack Klapman attest to this exhilarating experience on TheSmokingTire YouTube channel. Klapman describes the sensation as an endless power band, making one feel the Spyder's might at every moment.
Navigating the sinuous canyon roads with this modified beast isn’t merely driving; it's an adrenaline-packed adventure, every gear shift echoing the raw, untamed power of the machine.
In essence, Matt Farah's DeMan 718 Spyder doesn't just fix the "glaring problem" of the sports car, it elevates it to a roaring legend on wheels!