Here are the three most important facts you need to know about this hand-built, Subaru-powered Porsche 917 tribute : 1. It isn’t a Laser. 2. It isn’t complete. 3. It has “two Subaru Tribeca engines bolted together to make a 12 cylinder boxer.” The project lit up the internet when it first listed on eBay last August for $40,000. Today, it’s just looking for an offer. Find this custom Porsche 917/10 Can-Am replica for sale in Hartford, CT for “best offer” via craigslist.
On paper, this project probably looked pretty good. Its Porsche credentials include 911 RSR taillights, a 914 steering rack, a 91-inch wheelbase (true to the original), and of course the flat-12 engine consisting of two Subaru Tribeca six-cylinder boxer engines bolted together at the crankshaft. Its stacked performance credentials are just as stacked: 250 horsepower per engine bolted to a tube-frame chassis with Corvette-sourced suspension. Subaru’s five-speed auto sends power to the fat rear tires. So far, so good, right?
The seller, from another source: “I have the front engine set at TDC on cylinder one and the rear engine set on TDC for cylinder 6. I have the injector and coil wires spliced so both cylinders will fire at the same time.” Running two engines from one engine management system is bound to result in creative problem solving and questionable engineering. Further digging into the seller’s situation reveals an honest cry for help (and more information and pictures) on a WRX forum. Faced with the daunting task of mating two sophisticated engines with Active Valve Control Systems and Variable Valve Lift, our intrepid builder reached out to multiple sources of help before finally throwing in the towel.
From the forum: “I’m burned out but still trying to finish all these cars so I can go live on an old boat or in a van. I’m 64 and getting tired of this.” It’s not right to criticize someone’s self-efficacy as it relates to a project like this, so let’s talk about this as a money management lesson. This individual built his first homemade car from scratch with minimal past automotive experience because he “couldn’t afford to buy a kit.” With that one still incomplete, he started, and subsequently surrendered to, two additional cars, both of which are also for sale. Maybe the plan is to fund an additional project (note the Jaguar MkX in the pictures). Maybe it’s
isolationism retirement. You can determine for yourself by watching his three YouTube videos, here, here, and here, or when you call him up to discuss a purchase price. Hey, all it needs is the wiring harness plugged in and you’ve got a 500-horsepower Porsche tribute!
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