Andrew, one of our fine PorschePerfect.com readers, suggested we highlight a little aftermarket tuning company churning out some amazing Porsches. The name of the company is Switzer Performance Innovations founded by Tym Switzer and located in Oberlin, Ohio. The company has been focusing on building show-quality exhausts and bolt-on performance products for a couple of Porsche models, specifically the 996 Turbo and 997 Turbo.
Things have been going extremely well for them according to a recent blog entry on their site. They mention working 12 to 15 hour days retooling a number of their upgrades into bolt-on kits easily installed by authorized dealers. This is a significant change from their previous business focus of doing everything themselves in house. A great problem to be facing.
That’s all well and good, but let’s get on to the good stuff. Switzer has been playing around with a project car called the SLEDGEHAMMER for nearly a year now. Showing up for the first time (that I can find) in January 2009, this was a 1000 hp (yes ONE THOUSAND) beast that performed some crazy feats on the track, yet was docile enough to drive to and from. Check out this video of the final attempt on the quarter mile:
Unbelievable performance! 0-60 in the mid 2 second range and over 145 mph at the quarter mile! I can’t even imagine driving something like that. I wonder if after driving something like that, everything else would just seem boring and underpowered?
For those interested, and have cash to spare, you can pick up your own SLEDGEHAMMER package for $49,990, not including the base Porsche 997 Turbo.
For those running $10k shy of the SLEDGEHAMMER package, and who own a 997 GT2 instead of a 997 Turbo, no worries, SPI has you covered. They have an 800 hp GT2 package (shown in the images above and below) that is a true bolt-on package. Think special fuel is required? Think again. This package runs on 93 octane pump gas.
Switzer describes the car as “an everyday hyper-performing exotic” that is also “manageable on the street”. Be interesting to see official performance numbers when they come out.
Check out the Switzer Performance Innovations site here for more info and more pictures: Switzer Performance Innovations.