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2014 Porsche 911 - If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out the Kitchen!

CSF's Sleeper Turns on Kill Mode at Motovicity's Never Lift

Danny Korecki
Sep 24, 2019
Photographer: Jonathan Carassco

You've never heard of Coalinga, California, before, and that's because it's 200 miles north of Los Angeles and 200 miles south of San Francisco. There's not too much there aside from a small town, acres of farmland, and a tiny airport where, for one weekend in April, some of the highest-horsepower sports cars on the West Coast meet for what's become one of the nation's most anticipated half-mile racing events: Never Lift. Presented by Motovicity and Shift S3ctor. The event is a great start to the race season with monster builds coming from near and far. With nearly $40K in cash prizes to be handed out, there was no shortage of competition, but one particular sleeper caught our eye, this '14 Porsche 911 Turbo.

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Sterling Auto Con 991 Rear Conversion 01 Photo 25/25   |   2014 Porsche 911 - If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out the Kitchen!

Seems like a simple Porsche at first, but take a closer look and you'll notice the centerlock Advan GT wheels (brownie points!). Upon further investigation, we spied some other subtle upgrades, such as GT3RS parts, Sparco seats, custom upholstery, and an intricate cage. Later, we learned the "street" car runs a stout EvoSpec motor, uses BorgWarner turbos, and makes 986 whp and 807 lb-ft of torque with the help of E85. The car made multiple passes with a top speed of 186.03 mph, making it the fastest German class vehicle throughout the two-day event. It was also crowned the quickest Porsche. Yes, we knew this build was special.

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Sparco SPX Seat 02 Photo 25/25   |   2014 Porsche 911 - If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out the Kitchen!

Ravi Dolwani is the proud owner (you might remember him from his epic Evo X featured on the cover last year). "As the owner of CSF—and coming off the heels of both our Evo X and BMW M5 builds—I was looking for another demo vehicle that would represent us in the best way possible as the brand continues to grow and gain awareness around the globe," Ravi says. "But rather than getting a car that showcased what CSF is about, I wanted to challenge our company to showcase what CSF is capable of."

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Ravi took the 991 Turbo under his wing and started getting it ready for Never Lift when it was 85 percent complete. While a bulletproof 3.8L and larger turbos are great for dyno numbers, the constant abuse from multiple half-mile passes in the California heat is what really showed off what CSF's intercooler and radiator systems were capable of. It worked just as they had planned and surprised many competitors who were watching. Clocking in the fastest trap speed just happened to be the icing on the cake.

By Danny Korecki
5 Articles
2014 Porsche 911 - If You Can't Take the Heat, Get Out the Kitchen!
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Owner: Ravi Dolwani
Hometown: Newport Beach,CA
Occupation: Director, CSF Cooling
Instagram: @csf_radiators
Power: 986 whp; 807 lb-ft of torque on E85
Engine BorgWarner EFR7163 ball-bearing turbochargers; Turbosmart IWG actuators; 321 stainless steel headers; custom-valved exhaust; CSF Cooling 4.5-inch intercoolers, three-piece radiator kit; Eventuri carbon-fiber air intake system; EvoSpec/CP forged-piston set; EvoSpec/Carrillo H-beam rods; EvoSpec head stud kit, press-in iron liners, head gaskets, rod bearings
Drivetrain: Dodson PDK clutch upgrade, PDF brace; COBB Tuning PDK software
Engine Management: Syvecs 991 Turbo standalone ECU; tuned by Wayne Potts of ISC Tuning; tuned launch/traction control system
Footwork & Chassis: Ohlins Road & Track coilovers; GMG thrust arm bushings
Brakes: OE ceramic composite brakes
Wheels & Tires: 20x9.5 front, 20x12 rear Advan GT Premium centerlock wheels in titanium blue; 265/35R20 front, 315/30R20 rear Toyo R888R tires
Exterior: Sterling Auto Con 991.2 rear conversion; 991.2 GT3RS side ducts, side skirts; 991 Turbo aero-kit front lip
Interior: Sparco SPX seats; custom upholstery; Scroth five-point harnesses; GMG seat bases
Thanks: Sam Stone from Evolution Motorsports; Chris Sterling from Sterling Auto Con; John Bray from EvoSpec; Alex Whitier from AW Design Tuning; Alex Soto and Charlie Turbos from Sheepey Built; Wayne Potts from ISC Tuning/Svyecs; Stan Chen and Dionne Mascunana from Toyo Tires; Alan Viado from Sparco; GMG Motosports; Alex & DK at Rhino Customs HB; Steve Lim, Beidy, and RJ (Bred X) from Mackin; Dale, Brian, and the rest of the team from Ohlins; my bros from Eventuri (Imran & Bilal)

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