They say if you do something you love, you'll never work a day in your life. This may not be true in all cases, but Jag Matto may have found the best compromise. The full-time attorney and avid sports car aficionado is engulfed by two passions: defending people with criminal and traffic court cases, and releasing his tensions and inner inhibitions by driving this insane Porsche 996 Turbo. Life isn't so bad after all...
Before Jag moved to Seattle to study law, he lived in the U.K. working in stereo shops and keeping an eye out for cars, craning his neck out of windows to catch the last glimpse of something terrific—a feeling we all know too well. Though aggressive driving was customary in Jag's home country, receiving 10 speeding tickets in his first six months of living in the States told him things might be a little different in America.
Stifled by the law he defended, he couldn't drive like he wanted, but there was nothing stopping him from having the very definition of aggression built into his car. At the time, however, the only company that made performance parts for Porsches of that generation was Evolution Motorsports. The company had several stages, all of which Jag installed, but beyond that his Porsche was comprised of custom parts and a prayer. The route included (among other things) some head studs that were only "slightly" beefed up. Jag knew they were the weak link and was proven right when they cracked, killing his engine.
Following a bent rod and a white cloud of smoke, Jag was ready to quit and would've if Evolution hadn't just released a new kit called the XXXX. Yes, that's really it's name, and nobody knew what it was capable of, aside from the fact that the only Porsche that had it made 900 hp and broke The Texas Mile record. While the block got bored from 3.6 to 3.8L, a GT2 RS throttle body and intake manifold were also installed along with a bigger pair of Garrett GT35R turbos, Ferrea valves, and an EVOMS cam. All this equated to roughly 1,100 hp—more than any other 996 had made at the time. After the correct tune, Jag's car made 1,350 hp on race gas and 900 on pump, running two ECUs to easily switch between.
Aggressive behavior on the street and in the courtroom didn't just show itself under the bonnet; the bodywork is as mean as can be, too. The back is blacked out, showing off the elegant Y-pipe, along with the contents of a TechArt catalog, installed by Jag himself, enclosing a pair of full carbon GT3 seats.
Jag's extremely busy life is split between the pursuit of defending his clients—some of whom enjoy speeding a little too much—and participating in some spirited driving himself. In a sea of Camrys and Priuses driven by most people at the courthouse, his Porsche sits poised in the parking lot, waiting for its owner to get off work and possibly catch another speeding ticket. Thankfully, he knows a good lawyer.