For Those Without Fear – The SharkWerks “Phase-1” Porsche 997 GT2

-January 16, 2015-

For Those Without Fear – The SharkWerks “Phase-1” Porsche 997 GT2

Mike Burroughs

Amongst Porsche fans, there's no question that the GT2 lineup of cars acts as head of the household for the 911 family (excluding the famed GT1, of course). The GT2 and GT2 RS make for a real man's Porsche: the most expensive, powerful, and frightening 911 money can buy, meant only for those that embrace punishment behind the wheel of what is widely considered the toughest Porsche to drive. Unlike its all wheel drive counterpart, the turbocharged GT2 powers only the rear wheels, and with its engine perched atop them, its driving characteristics put it in a field of its own. There are those that are meant for the GT2, and those that are not. And then there are those that go beyond; not even the GT2 can satisfy. That's where SharkWerks enters.

The GT2 was described to me by my father as the "big boy's Porsche," and it has held that impression ever since. With the RS variant born with the 997 generation, the GT2 has only grown in prowess. For the boys at SharkWerks, however, Porsche's best just wasn't enough. With a decade of experience specializing in Porsches, the team has taken to the GT2 - a car they feel has been under appreciated since it's launch in 2008 - to showcase their work, talent, and expertise.

Having tasked themselves with making the GT2 "even more ridiculous," SharkWerks began with Evolution Motorsports and their EVT775 kit. While there's a slew of upgrades, the kit consists of a few essentials. Software, upgraded turbos, headers, intercoolers, recirculation valves, coil packs, a new plenum, and a new throttle body make up the groundwork. From there SharkWerks routes the exhaust gasses out through their own GT2 exhaust and high-flow cats, keeping the newfound bump in power within the law. The final result: 775 horsepower, up almost 50% over the stock figure. This is, of course, routed to the rear wheels, inducing copious wheel spin in a car notorious for attempting to bring its tail end around on the pilot.

To balance out the rowdy disposition of the GT2, SharkWerks turned to the suspension. Factory Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes keep the rocket in check, mounted behind Champion RS184 forged wheels. Measuring in at 19x9 and 19x12, the wheels both increase the overall footprint and reduce unsprung weight, and rather significantly too: Five pounds from each front corner and eight from each rear. Michelin Sport Cups provide grip. Under the car, RSS and SharkWerks components improve geometry and handling: adjustable rear links, bump steer adjustment, lock out plates, monorails and thrust arm bushings, and lastly, semi-solid engine mounts.

Performance was the primary focus of the SharkWerkz build, but little advantage is found in a performance car that doesn't look the part when it comes to promoting their work. With the help of Magnus Walker, famous for his own hand with Porsches, the 997 received an interior and exterior makeover. With a sense of familiarity, the front and rear bumpers were painted orange, with gray stripes trailing from the window down front. A matching gray deck lid and intakes bring the color to the rear of the car. Bronze branding down the sides of the GT2 is mimicked in the choice of wheel color, and lastly, subtle hints like the Union Jack are found on the Techart wing's endplates. GT3 flares hug the front wheel arches, and a GT2RS lip traces the lower edge of the front bumper, rounding out the aesthetics. Inside the car, touches like the tartan cloth fill the seat centers; touches that bring forth Magnus's vintage aircooled Porsche styling to a 21st-centruy display of performance.

Underneath its opulent skin, the SharkWerks GT2 serves to balance the outrageous with refinement. While GT2s are respected for both their rarity and wild temperament, SharkWerks found that neither were reason enough to leave such a car alone. Described as falling only marginally short of "death trap," the  factory GT2 lent its platform to the hands of those with wild thoughts and heavy ambition. With just shy of 800 horsepower, the SharkWerk's 997 GT2 is perhaps the most too-hot-to-handle "daily driver" we've come across.





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Comments on For Those Without Fear – The SharkWerks “Phase-1” Porsche 997 GT2

  • ErnestJohansmeier

    I love it!! The main difference between the GT2 and the GT3 are the twin turbos on the GT2. GT3s are rear wheel drive also.

  • JeremyBintham

    ErnestJohansmeier Correct.  Nice write-up, but did you guys just find out about Porsches yesterday?  GT3s are RWD.  This is common knowledge; about as common as Porsches having their engines in the rear.

  • TimChao

    JeremyBintham ErnestJohansmeier I’m sure he meant Turbo instead of GT3

  • ErnestJohansmeier

    JeremyBintham ErnestJohansmeier
    that is what i meant GT3 rear wheel drive only. anyways super cool. anything that Magnus touches turns to gold.

  • Mike_StanceWorks

    JeremyBintham ErnestJohansmeier In total transparency, the 996s and 997s aren’t something I’ve ever taken the time to learn about, as they’re not necessarily something I’m impassioned by. I know my way around classic BMWs, but modern Porsches? Not so much. Thank you for pointing it out though!

  • Sharkwerks

    Thanks you guys killer shots!

  • jeremy

    buys expensive porsche.. puts tons of money in it.  paints mismatched body panels…???????

  • Andrew_StanceWorks

    @jeremy – The “mismatched body panels” are something that have run through Porsche’s history for decades. On the older aircooled Porsches, the bumpers and the lines of the hood were painted varying colors as an easy and natural way of applying a race livery to a car. Magnus has adopted the racecar colored aesthetic with his aircooled builds in the past, and has recently applied the same concept to this modern Porsche as a way of playing off of its roots.

  • shiftyXTI

    I wasn’t quite sure about this car when I first saw it but it’s grown on me and looks great!
    Hopefully Magnus or Sharweks post a video of this beast running in the canyons

  • jeremy

    Andrew_StanceWorks hmm. i guess it just looks a little weird on a newer car.

  • Burnt SC

    Before safety and legislation bumpers use to follow the design lines of a car. As the legislation grew, so did the area that a bumper now covers so it joins lines are dictated more by law. That is why the concept of different coloured bumpers works so well on older Porsche’s but looks more like replacement panels on newer models. I wonder if they looked at finding a nicer line to paint from. Say, lower on the front bumper, but also paint the engine lid on the rear on the line that follows the rear lights. We had a similar issue when designing a duo tone colour scheme for my friend’s 964 project. Unfortunately he had to sell it before completion due to home payments.

  • Spartan2020

    This car is awesome- definitely a dream of mine to drive something like this, or at least sit in the passenger seat. in my vehicle on the normal road i definitely do have some fear though- mostly because of other drivers

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