At Stage II , the drive-ability is not compromised to make way for more RPM, and higher performance potential. These engines are built primarily around strength, and durability, so they can live through the rigors of the track. With our extensive engine design that has gone into this portion of our program, the Stage II engine is a true dual purpose engine. This makes the Stage II the engines the ultimate in reliability, and performance for full time track use, or mixed track use. The Stage II is the bridge between drivability, and track performance.
Remember, we refer to any activity that requires the use of a helmet to be “track usage”. This include High Performance Drivers Education (HPDE), Autocross, Time Trials, Hillclimbs etc.
Stage II Engines are not intended for competition, for those applications, we offer the Stage III “Track Performer Plus” engine.
Stage II engines feature all the same components and processes that go into our Stage I, engines and couple those to even stronger components, tighter dynamic balance tolerances and even more dedicated hours of hand assembly by a single pair of hands from start to finish.
With these engines we utilize nano coatings on bearings, add extensive cylinder head porting, and can configure them for pump fuel, or race gas. We couple billet connecting rods to Forged Pistons, and Total Seal piston rings, coupled to LN Engineering “Nickies” billet cylinders, plated with Nikisil. Of course, like all Performer series engines, the fitment of the IMS Solution www.imssolution.com is standard equipment on all Stage II engines. Invented by Jake Raby, and 100% tested, and developed here at Flat 6 Innovations, the IMS Solution remains the only permanent solution for IMS Bearing failures. As you can see, or will see throughout your research, our engines are comprised of top shelf components, and are built without compromise. Over and over again as you research who should build your engine, you will be referred back to Flat 6 Innovations, where it all began.
Home of the originators, not the imitators.
Stage II engines are offered in complete form only, we do not offer any “short- block” or “long- block” engines like the factory, or mass producers offer. All the way, or not at all is our motto.
These other engines are not complete, and are best described as “some assembly required”. We’d never trust critical assembly of our engines to be carried out by another facility, or person; so, we choose to do things differently from the rest, and do it “all the way, or not at all”.
Our engines sold with the “Exclusive” service are supported with a full program that fits your vehicle with our engine, with all processes being carried out under our roof, beginning with engine extraction, and continuing until the vehicle is restored back into service, fitted with it’s new Flat 6 Engine, then tested using one of our three Dynamometers. Vehicles return home after a 120 mile break- in/ testing regimen. This ensures we are delivering a proven engine, that’s fully tested, and ready to be driven from day one. We offer extensive resource materials for vehicle owners following our reconstruction processes. This information will support the vehicle for the first 120,000 miles of its new life. Resource materials include video, charts, timelines, and pages of specific information on the topics of servicing, and driving your Porsche fitted with our engine. We also supply you with all the documentation from our processes, including photos of the teardown, and assembly, as well as videos of the testing sessions.
In most cases we will receive the customer’s vehicle at our Georgia location, and completely process your engine, from your car, fit it back to the vehicle, and ship it home, ready to go. We are not about clocks, calendars or getting things done quickly, so we do not mass produce engines. This means you will receive YOUR engine back, not an unknown engine from a salvage yard. Mass producers do business on an “exchange” basis, taking your old engine as a “core” then quickly swapping a mass produced engine back into service in your car. Nothing about this fits our mold here at Flat 6, and we don’t do it.
Yes, shipping engines, or vehicles is easy, and we will guide you through the process to ensure there are no worries. Shipping is also not expensive, and often times its less money than paying local sales taxes in your home state (if we ship your vehicle, there’s no sales taxes to be paid). We typically have vehicles at our facility from 20+ states/ Canadian provinces at any given time. We’ve shipped over 800 Porsche cars to and from our facility over the years.
For those who do not wish to ship their vehicle, we do work with 30+ Certified Installers worldwide who have attended Mr. Raby’s hands- on training classes offered by www.theknowledgegruppe.com. In some cases these Certified shops will extract your engine, ship it to us for our reconstruction process, then re- install the engine upon the completion of our processes. We refer to this as our “Premier” program, and it is both faster, and cheaper than our “Exclusive” service.
<p”>LN Engineering Nickies cylinders are utilized in ALL Flat 6 Innovations engines because we developed them, and they solve problems and correctly allow for larger displacements. At this point, displacement is key to increasing useable power and flattening the torque curve for increased drivability and overall performance. With LN Engineering’s proprietary aluminum alloy, which is up to 66% stronger and has twice the cooling capacity, larger bores can be done safely while improving longevity and reliability.
Nikasil plating, as used in the 911 Turbo, GT2, and GT3, provides additional horsepower from reduced friction and improved wear characteristics over that of stock cylinder alloys. Starting in 1999 Raby Enterprises Inc (the parent company of Flat 6 Innovations) started developing “Nickies” with LN Engineering; so the technology that we use in each engine is something that we know better than anyone else. As a byproduct of this effort, and collaboration, Flat 6 Innovations was rewarded by 100% proprietary cylinder, piston, and ring profiles. These are not offered to any other company, despite what you may be told “by the other guys”.
Head upgrades increase the engine’s ability to breathe, thus increasing RPM range and performance capabilities. We have already proven that the stock water- cooled cylinder head has incredible flow right out of the box for it’s bore size and engine size and that it’s design won’t allow any larger valves to be easily fitted. This stock head when coupled to our competition valve job, custom lightweight valves(optional at Stage II), improved spring pack (optional at Stage II), and only polished ports reshaped only for port balance is capable of well over 50HP of performance gain. When added displacement is coupled to these heads the entire RPM range benefits from the gains and really has the balls that it should have had from the factory.
All that said, these factory heads are awesome, they are by far the best aspect of the engine, not offering very many modes of failure and not experiencing reliability or longevity issues outside of typical cracks that occur as collateral damage from failed water pumps. This makes it very easy for massive power to be made, but of course we must work to maintain drive-ability, this is why the Stage II is perfect for extensive track service.
For the ultimate experience, we offer our (optional) R51 custom CNC cylinder heads for all “R- Series” engines, which are based from the Stage II roots. These cylinder heads feature CNC ports, with a list of features that are so advanced that they are outlawed from competition classes in PCA, SCCA and most other racing organizations. With these we can build a street-able, dual purpose track engine that’s more advanced than a race engine that has to conform to a rule book. For more info on the R- Series engines, see the R- Series category here on our website.
The typical purchaser of a Stage II engine can be someone who is looking for dual purpose performance, for random track days, all the way to a PCA Driving Instructor. The Stage II will perform well in both these scenarios, as well as everything in between. Its a thoroughbred, and was conceived to perform, and last. We don’t just bolt on a lot of components that are supposed to enhance the engine’s ability to perform and live on the track, we make changes to the heart of the engine to increase track durability.
996 (1999-2004) Includes C2 base, C4, and C4S models
986S (2000-2004) Boxster S
997.1 (2005-2008) Includes Carrera base, C2S, and C4S models
987.1 (2005-2008) Includes Cayman S & Boxster S
In 2010, Beth Raby set 4 Land Speed Records with her 1999 Porsche 996 C2 powered by a Flat 6 Innovations Stage II Track Performer engine. Throughout 2009-2011 this 996 also served as her daily driver (60 miles per day), with only aerodynamic changes being made to the vehicle prior to heading to the track. Today, her records still stand in all 4 classes.
To receive a pricing/ performance quote for your Stage II Street and Track Performer engine, submit a ticket through our sales support ticketing system. Your message will be replied to within 24 hours, even on weekends.