1985 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup


1985 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

1985 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

In late 1985 Porsche developed the 944 “Weissach turbo cup race car” to provide amateur enthusiasts with a cost effective entry into motorsports.

Porsche initially designed to participate in a single-marque racing series run in conjunction with 1986 German ADAC Supercup races, but soon spread to Italy, Spain, Belgium, Austria , USA, Canada and even Czechoslovakia.

The original 1985/86 German cars had a K26/6 Turbo producing 220 ps, this was soon upgraded to the 26/8 Turbo producing 250 ps. The French series ran from 1987 to 1990 and these cars ran without catalytic converters and an upgraded fuel system and produced 290 PS.

Essentially standard-production 944 Turbos, the Cup versions included a magnesium oil sump, a smaller generator, stiffer suspension, reinforced gearbox, wider tires and modified engine components including a revised turbocharger. In addition, the 944 Turbo Cup cars were fitted with an eight-point roll cage, driver’s Recaro racing seat, manual windows and, for weight-saving measures, were stripped of many interior components.

In Detail

type Racing Car
built at Germany
engine M44/51 Inline 4
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration K26/8 Turbo
valvetrain SOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 2479 cc / 151.3 in³
bore 100.1 mm / 3.94 in
stroke 79.0 mm / 3.11 in
compression 8.0:1
power 186.4 kw / 250 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 100.85 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 195.31 bhp per tonne
torque 242 nm / 178.5 ft lbs @ 3500 rpm
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front brakes Vented Discs /w Vacuum Assist
rear brakes Vented Discs /w Vacuum Assist
front wheels F 40.6 x 20.3 cm / 16 x 8 in
rear wheels R 40.6 x 22.9 cm / 16 x 9 in
f suspension Double Wishbones
r suspension Semi-Trailing Arms
curb weight 1280 kg / 2822 lbs
wheelbase 2400 mm / 94.5 in
front track 1478 mm / 58.2 in
rear track 1450 mm / 57.1 in
length 4230 mm / 166.5 in
width 1735 mm / 68.3 in
height 1275 mm / 50.2 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
top speed ~270 kph / 167.67 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.9 seconds

Auction Sales History

1985 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup

1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup WPOZZZ95ZGN154076The Drendel Family Collection. Formerly the Property of Lloyd Hawkins. Significant Factory Race-Prepared Specification. Desirable 944 Turbo Variant. Professional Restoration to As-Delivered Specifications. Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. A Rare Four-Cylinder Turbocharged Porsche. Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2012 by Gooding & Company