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.
|engine||M44/51 Inline 4|
|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|
|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|
|top speed||~270 kph / 167.67 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~4.9 seconds|
Auction Sales History
1986 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup WPOZZZ95ZGN154076. The 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