Former Formula 1 driver Stefan Johansson took the stage at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to reveal his latest creation—a customized Porsche 911. What sets this car apart is not only Johansson’s personal touch with the hand-painted exterior, but also the remarkable engine under the hood—a power unit once used in his own F1 racing days.
Dubbed the SJ87, this particular vehicle is the eighth model out of the limited edition series of 11 Porsche 930 TAG Turbos by Lanzante. Lanzante, a renowned British motorsports and engineering company, is known for its expertise in transforming track cars, such as the McLaren P1 GTR, into street-legal versions. Back in 2018, they introduced the TAG Turbo, which combines a Porsche 930 body shell with authentic F1 engines—specifically, the 1.5-liter V-6 TAG Turbo units developed by Porsche and used by McLaren during the 1980s.
During that era, Johansson was a notable driver for McLaren, and the SJ87 boasts the very engine that powered his MP4/3 F1 car in the 1987 Austrian Grand Prix. Although the race didn’t go as planned for the Swedish driver, with a practice collision involving a deer and a wheel loss during a pit stop, the engine itself represented the pinnacle of its development. McLaren had been utilizing the TAG Turbo engine since 1984 but would switch to Honda power for the 1988 season.
In terms of performance, the engine generates an impressive amount of power. While it was estimated to produce approximately 750 hp in its race setup, it has been detuned to a more manageable 503 hp for use in the road version of the 930. The power is channeled through a 6-speed manual transmission sourced from a 993-generation 911, delivering it to the rear wheels. Lanzante estimates a curb weight of 2,248 lbs, excluding the driver and fuel.
What sets the SJ87 further apart is the unique livery designed and painted by Johansson himself, who has now ventured into the world of artistry. Adorning the white body of the car are streaks of color representing various elements. Green represents Johansson’s helmet design and childhood nickname, “Little Leaf,” while the blue and yellow pay homage to the Swedish flag. Additionally, red and white hues symbolize the Marlboro colors associated with Johansson’s McLaren MP4/3 race car.
At the Goodwood event, the completed SJ87 was showcased alongside Lanzante’s road-legal Pagani Zonda Revolución, along with a couple of their McLaren F1 GTR road-legal conversions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Porsche 930 TAG Turbo
What is the Porsche 930 TAG Turbo by Lanzante?
The Porsche 930 TAG Turbo by Lanzante is a modified Porsche 911 that combines a Porsche 930 body shell with a race engine used in Formula 1. It is a limited edition series of cars created by the British motorsports and engineering company, Lanzante.
Who unveiled the Porsche 930 TAG Turbo?
The Porsche 930 TAG Turbo was unveiled by former Formula 1 driver Stefan Johansson at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Johansson also hand-painted the car and added a unique livery to make it one-of-a-kind.
What engine is used in the Porsche 930 TAG Turbo?
The Porsche 930 TAG Turbo utilizes a 1.5-liter V-6 TAG Turbo engine that was originally developed by Porsche and used by McLaren in the 1980s. The engine was sourced from the McLaren MP4/3 F1 car, which Stefan Johansson raced in the 1987 Austrian Grand Prix.
How much power does the Porsche 930 TAG Turbo produce?
In its race configuration, the Porsche 930 TAG Turbo engine is estimated to produce around 750 horsepower. However, for use in the road car, it has been detuned to a more manageable 503 horsepower. This power is delivered to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission.
What makes the Porsche 930 TAG Turbo unique?
Apart from the powerful engine, the Porsche 930 TAG Turbo stands out with its hand-painted livery. Stefan Johansson, who is now an artist, designed and painted the streaks of color on the car’s white body. The livery includes elements such as the driver’s helmet design, the Swedish flag colors, and references to Johansson’s McLaren race car.
More about Porsche 930 TAG Turbo
- Porsche official website
- Lanzante official website
- Goodwood Festival of Speed official website
- Stefan Johansson’s official website
- McLaren official website