The contemporary Porsche is a strange animal. Its early incarnations were raw, minimalist machines reliant on highly skilled operators. Decades later, the Porsche has become a technological tour de force, a car capable of turning the average driver into a superman. Therein lies the quandary: has the modern Porsche become so good its driver is no longer an integral part of its performance equation? Some feel today's Porsche needs a sharper edge, a few extra serrations at the base of the blade. It needs to exceed factory-spec parameters. That's where Fabspeed can help.

The Fabspeed 997 TT is a good example of how to have the best of both worlds. Fabspeed Motorsports was started by Joe Fabiani, an enthusiast of Porsches and other exotics. It was in his hands that a customer placed this 911 Turbo to create a sort of Porsche hybrid, a car that would challenge the driver as much as the road itself.

To begin, the standard Turbo was outfitted with Fabspeed's standard performance package and Fabspeed/PES engine management upgrade. The performance package includes a turbo-back sport exhaust, intake, headers, and performance software calibration specifically designed to take advantage of the increased flow created by the bolt-on components. While these upgrades may seem basic, they go a long way in terms of performance increases. On 93-octane fuel, the standard performance package, combined with a pair of Evolution Motorsports boost recirculation valves (to prevent boost leaks), produces 521 lb-ft of torque at 3400 rpm, and 514 hp at 6000 rpm at the wheels on an AWD Dynojet.

No matter how fancy the technology, an engine is simply a big vacuum pump that needs to ingest and expel air as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is where properly designed intake and exhaust components come into play. The Maxflow intake gives each of the variable turbine geometry turbos its own 77mm carbon-fiber feeding tube and high velocity stack race air filter. In addition to the carbon tubes, the kit includes a dual-purpose carbon-fiber shield designed to direct cool air toward the filters while blocking radiant heat from the engine.

Getting the air into the system is as important as getting it out, and is especially critical on a turbocharged engine. Most companies focus on what happens after the turbo, forgetting that it is also critical to optimize exhaust gas flow from the engine to the turbo. Fabspeed saw the potential of replacing the stock turbo manifold and as such developed a set of equal-length headers that were designed to precisely match the cylinder head exhaust ports and the turbo inlets, increasing boost response and power across the entire rpm range. The Fabspeed headers feature 41.55mm mandrel-bent primaries that converge into a high-velocity cast stainless steel merge collector.

The worst thing you can do to any car is put on a sub-par exhaust. Imagine a runner not being able to breathe. A properly designed exhaust system is important to both vehicle performance and driveability.This is why Fabspeed invested extensive amounts of time and resources to develop the ultimate modular exhaust system designed to satisfy the most discerning consumers. The system features full T304 stainless steel Maxflow mufflers with 2.5-inch mandrel-bent piping. To maximize flow straight out of the turbo, the stock 400-cell cats are replaced with a pair of 200-cell German catalytic converters. The beauty of the Fabspeed Sport Exhaust Version 3 is its versatility, as the company offers two additional sound options to increase performance and sound that can be installed in under 20 minutes. These modular design features include an optional cat delete and muffler bypass for track use.

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