Alter Ego

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Princeton also added oil capacity with a trunk-mounted Setrab oil cooler “because there isn’t enough room behind the bumper for the size of cooler I wanted (22×7×2 inches).” The cooler sits in a custom aluminum enclosure and draws air from two small holes in the front bumper. The air exits through tubing directed at the brakes. “(That) air is still much cooler than the brake-disc temperature,” offers Princeton. Finally, he installed a Westech oil scavenge pump to ensure sufficient lubrication of the turbocharging system.

As the mechanicals came together, focus shifted to weight loss. Aggressive weight loss. Suffice it to say, the process of shedding well over 400 pounds is worthy of a story all its own. Exterior savings came from a carbon-fiber hood and rear decklid, fiberglass front fenders, a carbon sunroof plug, and details like removing both side mirrors. Inside, all sound padding was removed, all carpeting was replaced with Perlon, RS door panels took the place of the comfort-oriented panels, the sound system was ditched, and the stock VDO instruments were all dumped in favor of the Racepak dash. And on and on.

The front bumper trim under the leading edge of the hood was replaced. “I had that custom made of carbon,” says Princeton. Savings there? About 200 grams. Deletion of redundant interior bolts and fasteners? Perhaps a pound. Removal of all unnecessary electrical and motorized bits simplified the wiring harness. “The engine wiring harness is a Raychem unit that’s really pared down, too. It’s a lot lighter than normal.”

So, how much has Princeton driven his 993 since completing it in early 2007? The answer is an unfortunate “not too much, maybe 500 miles.” Upon completing his degree in graphic design, Princeton uprooted to New York to be with the other love of his life, Mimi, after being hired as an art director for a New York-based advertising company. The 993 stayed behind. “It’s just ridiculous to keep a car in New York. I can park my Honda on the street and not worry about it,” explains Princeton.

Is there a reunion in the offing? Someday. “Once I move out of New York, it would be nice to find a place I can actually keep it,” says Princeton. But it’s clear that the 993 isn’t out of mind: “We’re thinking about converting it to run on ethanol within the next year or so, and I’ll probably revisit the suspension with a two- or three-way adjustable system. Also, Jason keeps bugging me to open the engine and build (the internals). More than likely, he’ll convince me.” Of course, that would allow the turbos to safely run far more than the current (and conservative) 0.6 bar of boost. Says Princeton: “Yeah, the GT30Rs are way overkill for the engine right now.”

Reflecting on the build process, he returns to the beginning. “My parents thought I was crazy when I started tearing apart a car I had never worked on before.” He mulls over his words a moment and then rephrases. “Well, actually I hadn’t worked on any cars before. At all.”

So, just to get this straight, Princeton, you had never worked on a car in your life, and your first-ever project was transforming a Porsche 993 into a flame-belching, turbocharged Godzilla?! “Yeah pretty crazy, right?” he responds. Nah, Princeton, actually it’s pretty cool.

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