At first glance, it looks like any other well loved Porsche 930. Its charmingly 1970s hue of Copper Brown Metallic paintwork gleams in the Goodwood Motor Circuit paddock, despite the grey, overcast weather at the 80th Members’ Meeting in April 2023.
So why is there such an enthusiastic throng encircling the classic Porsche? Probably because this is no ordinary 930 – a fact that becomes obvious once you see its boxy, distended engine lid. Underneath lies the engine from a Formula 1 car. More specifically, the 1.5-litre turbocharged V6 from Niki Lauda’s 1985 McLaren MP4/2B.
The engine itself weighs only 130kg, which is 130kg less than the original flat-six. Behind the Ruf alloys is a set of carbon-ceramic brakes by Surface Transforms, complemented by bespoke front suspension uprights and two-way adjustable Öhlins dampers at each corner.
Surface Transforms plc (LON:SCE) is a manufacturer of next-generation carbon-ceramic brake discs for automotive and aircraft applications and has been certified to IS9001-2000 since 2008 and was certified to TS16949 automotive quality accreditation and AS9100C aerospace quality accreditation in 2015.