Jay Leno Tries The Magnus Walker/Shark Werks Porsche 911 GT2: Video

You may know of Shark Werks already as the Fremont, California-based wizards who have a penchant for taking various Porsche cars – mostly 911 variants – and fitting them with all variety of aftermarket super powers. And maybe you even know of Magnus Walker, the renowned, Los Angeles-based restorer of classic Porsche 911s.

Well, as Jay Leno explains from the cold, hard concrete of his famed garage, the two managed to meet, “fall in love,” and collaborate to make a very special Magnus/Shark Werks Porsche 911 GT2, of the Type-997 generation.

More specifically, the base for the car was a 2008 model year Porsche 911 GT2. Alex Ross of Shark Werks talks in the video about the mechanical upgrades performed – specifically, with some help from the company’s tuning partner, Evolution Motorsports, this Porsche 911 GT2 is now putting out about 775 HP at the crank. The limited-slip differential has been changed out as well, for one less prone to “walking across lanes,” and about 100 pounds of weight have been shed via wheels, the exhaust, and the flywheel.

But the real magic of the Magnus/Shark Werks Porsche 911 GT2 is in Magnus Walker’s cosmetic work. The car’s been given the front bumper from the 911 GT2 RS, which (says Ross) is “a bit more aggressive.” The front and rear bumpers have both been sprayed a historic Porsche racing orange, and a light-to-middle gray color has been applied to deck lid, air inlets, and in two stripes on the hood. Magnus Walker claims that the width between the two hood stripes is exactly the span of the center crease on the hoods of some original Porsche 911s.

The end result, this Magnus Walker-and-Shark Werks 2008 Porsche 911 GT2, is an absolute killer on the road, and a stunner to behold. We love the combination of historic, old school touches found in the exterior color palette and plaid-insert seats, and the modernity of the super-high-performance Type-997 GT2; it calls upon cues both old and new to create something which transcends the chronological timeline. And that’s what makes it timeless.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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