1987 Porsche 959 Canepa Generation III
The one car that certainly deserves a place in The Canepa Collection – The Personal Favorites of Bruce Canepa is the legendary Porsche 959. Only 292 of these production supercars were ever built by Porsche. Their timeless design, state-of-the-art systems, and superior driving characteristics make them one of the greatest sports cars of all time. Never federalized and imported to the US, Canepa was instrumental in passing of the Show or Display legislation, which allowed these sought after vehicles to be driven in the United States for the first time.
Bruce Canepa was fortunate to be one of those lucky enough to have purchased a 959 in 1988. The opportunity to finally drive the 959 on U.S. roads led Bruce to evaluate and determine what components and systems should be upgraded. Had Porsche continued production of the 959, there is no doubt that this evolution would have played a major role in its future.
In 2000 the Canepa Gen I car stemmed from the creation of an emission legal 959 that benefited from increased power through updated technology. A few years later the Canepa Gen II delivered even more performance. Now, after decades of continuous research and development, Canepa has produced its next state-of-the-art Porsche 959: faster, smoother, better handling. This car is the first of the new Canepa Gen III cars.
Gen III Engine Upgrade
15 years ago Canepa’s initial Gen I engine upgrade yielded 576 hp. A few years later the Gen II cars developed 640hp. Now for 2016, the all-new Canepa Gen III system puts out a staggering 763 horsepower and 635 ft/lb of torque – this from a car that originally had only 450hp.
The Gen III engine system includes eliminating the factory sequential turbo system and installation of an all-new parallel twin-turbo system including new Borg-Warner turbos, integrated wastegates, and titanium heat shields. Cam timing is optimized in addition to blueprinting all intake and exhaust valve springs. New intake runners are matched to proprietary Green air filters made just for this application. Upgraded fuel system, EGR, modern engine management system with ADL, F1 technology engine wiring harnesses, high output ignition system, upgraded alternator charge system and battery module, air pumps and air regulator valves, spark plugs, idle control valve, sensors, connectors, harness shielding, switches, adapters, hardware, etc. A completely new stainless steel exhaust system was created by Canepa for the application. The exhaust is fitted with our new bypass system producing increased horsepower and a more aggressive engine note at the flick of a dash mounted switch. In addition the entire clutch system has been modified and upgraded to improve pedal feel and actuation. This includes an improved pressure plate, disc, and modified clutch pedal assembly.
The suspension has been upgraded from its original Komfort adjustable height suspension to 959S specifications incorporating Canepa’s new gas strut design and titanium coil-over springs.
Canepa has re-engineered the factory hollow spoked, magnesium wheels and developed a new bead design and modification, which allows the installation of today’s state-of-the-art high performance Z rated radial tires. Additional benefits include greatly improved handling and grip and an overall improved appearance.
This car received a completely new interior based on the original design. Completely made in-house at Canepa, the 959 was fitted with a new leather interior, hand-cut carpets, hand-sewn steering wheel, and custom mats.