In today’s tuner world, innovation is a very rare occurrence. When I say innovation, I am not talking about how creative your fiberglass guy got in modifying your body kit and system. I am talking about the character of a car; the feeling you get when you see a work of art, something that makes you stare and say, ”holy shit.” To be able to take an idea from your mind and execute it in such a way, which not only inspires others but also brings a whole new level of play to the game, is a rare skill. Someone had such a vision for his naturally aspirated Porsche 993 Carrera 2, we are talking a vision circa 2002, Princeton Wong’s vision.
Words cannot describe what came to mind the first time I laid eyes on Princeton Wong’s 911. Rolling out with a couple of outrageous NSXs, from the late Autologic Inc, to a local meet. Princeton’s Porsche stood out like a Playboy model in a pack of Warcraft players, dead sexy. Catalytic converters and mufflers were non-existent, as the only thing that mattered to him was a light weight body and speed. The car parked, the crowds looked on, and out steps Princeton from his 993; a wide body, carbon accented, huge winged, fully caged, DAILY DRIVEN, monster of a Porsche…
Princeton shares his Porsche build experience…
“The idea was to start of with an early 70’s chassis and build it into my vision of a perfect 911 but my parents thought I was crazy and had other ideas in mind. I can’t really blame them since my experience with fabrication/tuning before this project was nonexistent.
So in 2002, they surprised me by agreeing to let me purchase a pristine 1996 Midnight Blue 993 Carrera 2. The car came with some sweet 18″ Kinesis Supercup wheels and slightly reworked sound system. At that point, the only modifications I had in mind were to mount the Recaros/harnesses I had sitting around in my room, install a better steering wheel and upgrade to HID. The car was left this way for quite some time despite the temptations abound at Brad and Jason’s shop (Autologic). I didn’t want to tear into a perfectly fine example of the last air cooled Porsches. Around this time, I was still regularly visiting Austin for spirited drives through the Hill country with some great friends I picked up while co-owning a bubble tea/smoothie shop off 38th and Guadalupe.
The real mods begun after one of those Austin trips where a few strange things went wrong and I ended up doing a 180 and sliding sideways down a hill until a tree gently stopped the car with minor damage. Minor, but not small enough to stop me from finally pursuing my vision. Inspiration came from cars such as the Kremer 935s and Porsche Motorsport GT2 Evo2. I wanted to experience the emotions of being around these raw race cars while mixing in a bit more finishing refinement for a street driven vehicle.
First thing that went on was the big ass wing. I knew this mod would be wild enough to make me take the intended widebody modifications to their fullest. There was no turning back. Soon afterwards, Brad (known for the straight pipes on his NSX) and Jason convinced me to go sans mufflers as well. You probably remember how outrageously loud the car was in this state. I have fond memories of those pipes because I of how hesitant Jason and Brad were about me being around the fabrication equipment back then. They took care of the project while I just told them how I wanted the pipes to exit on each side of the license plate. The suspension, widebody, tilton twin disc carbon clutch and current 18″ Kinesis K28R followed with a few stages of weight reduction along the way. Have to give credit to Brad and Bruce from Autologic for inspiring me to go as far as I did with a lot of the initial weight reduction mods.
I enjoyed the car in this form until my ankle was severely sprained from a dumpster collapsing on my right leg during a sculpting class. Thank god it twisted out instead of having my lower leg crushed. Although it sucked that the rehab would prevent me from driving the car, it gave me time to really step back and start fabricating the twin turbo system I had been sketching out during boring lectures. I could have just gone with more standard bolt on equipment but I wanted to actually learn everything I could about the process instead of just paying to have modifications done. I tend to be this way about all hobbies I pick up. There was also a deep desire to be able to run the car with a standard profile decklid whenever I wanted out of respect for the classic lines of the early 911s.
So, the work begun after I was able to convince Jason to let me do the fabrication myself (under his tutelage). The parts trickled in slowly, due to a limited budget (I was still finishing up in college). However, this really allowed me to think things through and measure a million times before each decision. I’m happy to say that all the fabrication went as planned the first time around except for the intake system, which changed midway from a large single throttle body feeding one large plenum to a dual plenum system above two banks of 6 individual throttle bodies. The pieces I’m most happy with are the equal-length ceramic coated headers (Jason welded those after initial fabrication since I’m not as comfortable in welding 321 stainless) and the side mount intercoolers.
About two years after the start of the process, the car finally started up, much to the relief of Brad and my parents. Brad, because he patiently waited while the car evolved and sat in his shop for years. My parents, because I had torn a good 993 to pieces and put it back together again with my own slew of hand made parts, all with no prior experience. Not sure what Jason was thinking the entire time but I’m sure he would have stopped me if I was doing something completely insane. None of this could have happened without Jason’s willingness to share his time and knowledge. Would also like to thank Sam Shalala at Protechnik for helping me sort some of the Motec setup issues.”
So, let’s see what this looks like…
For three years this car has been hidden from the masses, it has been stowed away as Princeton traveled to New York to pursue his other love, but I never forgot about this unicorn from the past. And I sure as hell didn’t forget my first impressions from 6 years ago when I first saw this beauty.
Princeton now resides in New York, where he unfortunately cannot drive his car on a daily basis. It is a shame, because I am about sure those Yankees would get a kick out of Princeton’s style on the streets of the Big Apple.
Princeton, you have a Gem of a car, and I hope to see it on the streets of Houston driven more in the future..
~ 400 pounds of weight reduction.
Porsche Motorsport GT2 EVO 2 carbon boomerang (track).
AIR carbon fiber rear decklid and wing (track).
Custom aluminum wing uprights.
Carbon fiber OEM style decklid (street).
GT2 EVO 2 front bumper and splitter.
Clubsport rocker panels.
Clubsport widebody fenders.
Camlock ¼ turn quick-release fasteners.
GT-Racing carbon fiber hood.
Carbon fiber sunroof plug.
Shaved OEM side mirror holes.
Custom modified rear bumper.
Catz HID headlight conversion.
Smoke turn signal lenses.
Lightweight fiberglass front fenders
Racepak UDX data logging dash with custom harness.
Carbon fiber racepak mounting plate.
Recaro SPG Racer drivers seat.
Recaro SPG passenger seat.
Speedware blue anodized aluminum seat side mounts.
Sparco 5-Point competition camlock harness systems.
Autopower 4 point roll bar.
Brey-Krause seat back brace.
Momo trek steering wheel.
NLA Porsche horn button.
Snap-Off steering wheel quick release.
Custom carbon fiber radio block-off plate.
RS center console package tray.
RS lightweight door panels (carbon fiber)
RS lightweight perlon carpet kit.
RS lightweight knee padding.
Carbon fiber ball shifter.
Carbon fiber door sill plates.
Custom carbon fiber drivers pedal board.
OMP carbon fiber dead pedal.
Custom firewall connector cover.
Lightened wiring harness.
Lightweight Odyssey PC680 battery.
Custom carbon fiber trunk trim panel.
Seine Systems carbon fiber hood prop.
Custom aluminum oil cooler box and ducting.
Setrab 22x7x2” oil cooler with custom Prolite oil lines.
Front brake cooling ducts.
Custom profile decklid hinges.
Seine Systems carbon fiber decklid prop.
Bilstein Porsche RSR Coilovers.
Eibach Race Springs.
The Racers Group Front Monoball/Camber Plates.
The Racers Group Rear Monoball Upper Mounts.
The Racers Group Spring Hats, Seats, Lock Rings.
The Racers Group Front Adjustable Monoball Drop Links.
The Racers Group Rear Monoball Drop Links.
The Racers Group Rear Adjustable Drop Link Mounts.
The Racers Group Front Adjustable Sway Bar. 25mm.
The Racers Group Rear Adjustable Sway Bar. 22mm.
Custom twin turbo system:
Motec M48 ECU.
Custom Raychem jacketed wiring harness.
2 Bosch LSM-11 wideband O2 sensors.
2 Innovate O2 heat sink bungs.
Equal length 321 SS ceramic coated headers.
ARP exhaust studs and nuts.
304 SS ceramic coated up-pipes.
304 SS ceramic coated downpipes.
304 SS ceramic coated wastegate dump tubes.
Dual Garrett GT30R ball bearing turbos w/ custom 4 bolt exhaust housing.
Dual Tial 44mm V-band wastegates. Ceramic coated.
HKS High Flow filters with special order black filter elements.
Garrett intercooler cores with custom end tanks.
Aluminum intercooler tubing.
Aluminum intake plenums.
Wiggins flexible tubing connectors for entire turbo system.
Aluminum intercooler air ducting with silicon connectors.
Dual Tial 50mm BOVs.
TWM individual throttle bodies. Modified to retain A/C.
Aluminum throttle cable adapter.
Dual Golden Eagle vacuum manifolds.
Upgraded Bosch fuel pump.
Precision fuel filter.
Earl’s Ano Tuff fittings and Pro-Lite fuel fines.
Custom billet aluminum fuel rails.
6 Precision 1000cc injectors.
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator.
Marshall fuel pressure gauge.
Fuel return line adapter.
Billet aluminum oil temp/pressure and distribution block.
Westech oil scavenge pump.
Aluminum hard lines for oil/cooling systems.
Aluminum coolant tank.
Meziere water pump.
Setrab water cooling core.
Kelly Moss Racing Billet Aluminum Motor Mounts.
Tilton Twin Disc Carbon/Carbon Road Race Clutch.
Tilton Ultra Low Profile Hydraulic Release Bearing.
Custom machined Porsche Motorsport GT3 RSR lightweight flywheel.
Custom Clutch Bleed Lines.
Custom Adjustable Clutch Pedal Stop.
Custom 3-Piece Kinesis Motorsport K28R.
Shot-Peened and Anodized Centers.
18×10” Front, 18×11.5” Rear.
Michelin Pilot Sport 285/30 Front, 315/30 Rear.
SmartTire Tire Pressure Monitor.
Cartridge prototype lightweight aluminum A/C Shroud.
Cartridge prototype one-way engine vent manifold.
Modified RC Car to Match……………………..
Pictures Courtesy of:
Khiem Pham, James Evins & David Do