This wild custom project ditches the rear-mounted flat six in lieu of a Hemi V8 up front.
The best thing about being a gearhead is that we do not understand the meaning of the word "no." Many of us have a stubborn streak, and when the world tells us that something can't be done – or shouldn't be done – we almost always find a way.
Sometimes, that means turning a car into a hammock. Other times, it could mean shoving three engines into a Lada. This time, it means cutting up a Porsche 911 cabrio and turning it into...well, we're not exactly sure yet.
MotorAuthority turned us on to this bizarre project from Danton Arts Kustoms, a French tuner and custom car builder. Their goal is to build a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive, Hemi V8-powered Porsche 911. You can see the mockup yourself on Danton Arts Kustoms' Instagram.
This Porsche 997 started its life as a convertible, from what we can tell. While the suspension and brakes seem to be intact, everything else was stripped from the car, including the original flat six engine. Instead, a Hemi V8 resides where luggage once did. We wonder what the original owner would think of what's happening to their car – we'd love to see their face.
With no engine hanging behind the rear axle, Danton Arts Kustoms opted to cut off nearly all of the sheetmetal aft of the rear axle. It makes us wonder how one would say "Won't be needing this anymore!" in French while wielding a Sawzall and laughing maniacally.
We're not sure what, exactly, the end result is going to look like, but MotorAuthority has a few ideas. As for us, we assume that it's going to look like an Ed "Big Daddy" Roth creation come to life, driven by a beret-wearing Rat Fink with a pencil moustache while cruising for chicks on the Champs-Élysées.