The 944 Turbo Cup Porsche began a tradition of the single-marque trophies with near-standard cars. While the Turbo Cup cars were essentially stock Porsche 944 Turbos, the cars were slightly modified for racing. The cars featured the same 2.5 litre engine found on the road cars, and horsepower and torque were more or less consistent with the road cars. However, the use of a magnesium oil sump, a smaller alternator, and a modified turbocharger and associated engine components meant that the car was more lively, and better suited to the track.
Like the Turbo S (which followed many cues from the Cup series cars), the synchromesh five-speed gearbox was reinforced. Likewise, harder adjustable suspension (provided by Bilstein) and larger anti-roll bars (27mm front, and 21mm rear), and an additional spring at the rear axle meant that the Cup cars were more responsive than the standard Turbo, and the racing components allowed for numerous adjustment possibilities among the competing cars. Interestingly, the Turbo Cup cars relied on a modified ABS system (the Cup cars used a “switchable ABS” system, as opposed to going without ABS, as is the case with many competition series).
The Turbo Cup cars also relied on wider tyres (245/45 VR 16” on the front, and 255/40 VR 16” on the rear).
However, the Turbo Cup cars were also markedly different to their road-going counterparts. Besides a lack of power steering (arguably superior for racing), the Cup cars were stripped of many interior components including the glove box, door pockets, radio console, and climate control systems. The driver side was fitted with a racing seat (by Recaro), while the passenger seat remained stock. The rear seats were removed, there was also the deletion of the sunroof, insulation and rust protection. Larger brakes, stiffened suspension and magnesium wheels complimented the added power made possible via a modified turbo unit. Moreover, the rear window wiper and the rear hatch release were removed, and the electronic windows were swapped out for manual ones. All of this, of course, was to reduce the weight of the car. For safety reasons, the car was also installed with an 8-point roll cage. The cage also provided for more torsional rigidity, which was further increased by reinforcing the front chassis rails.
751 Motorsport vehicle, 220 Limited Slip Differential, 666 Without body prevention coating, Matter roll cage, Recaro Bucket seat, Sabelt harnesses, Fire extinguisher, Battery cut off switch
Resplendent in the official press launch livery this exclusive Cup racer has been cosmetically restored and presents in beautiful condition. Panel fit and finish are first class and indicative of a vehicle that led an uneventful racing career.
The Cup spec rake of the suspension represents the 944 in arguably it’s best light as the Fuchs wheel fill the blistered arches perfectly; front to back the car looks absolutely spot on. All of the glass and trims are in good order with little to indicate that this road registered racer has suffered any abuse or neglect.
The interior makes for a pleasing compromise; more Clubsport / NGT than full fat racer. A standard passenger seat, door cards and carpets make the driving environment a little more tolerable although make no mistake a full 8 point factory cage, Recaro bucket and harnesses indicate the preferred use.
The 8 point Matter cage has been restored and sits with period correct Sabelt 5 point harnesses on a Recaro bucket seat. Headlining, carpets and mats show unmarked throughout whilst switch gear is also clean and tidy.
The livery in period (red, yellow and black) is revealed by a cutaway of paint layers inside the door – suggesting that the car wore it’s original livery for most of it’s life until restoration in 2015.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine and drivetrain have been subject to an extensive overhaul during ’14 / ’15 with significant invoices from both Porsche Antwerp and specialist RFF.
As a 1986 car the power output was a sensible 220hp and the car feels good for it, boosting as it should with a smooth, linear power delivery. Clutch and gearbox are user-friendly without unnecessary weight or delicacy required of some full blown race cars.
Critically the original magnesium inlet manifold and oil sump are present and correct.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The very first Cup cars were delivered with slightly larger tyres on Fuchs wheels. They appear in an original state showing a little wear wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport tyres offering plenty of tread depth.
Brakes are strong and easy to modulate although as an early example does not have ABS.
With a recent restoration of the Cup suspension specification and subsequent alignment the car feels tight and assured.
A Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirms the car as a bona fide Turbo Cup car that was completed on the 25th March 1986 with special optional equipment; 220, 666 and 751.
Significant period paperwork confirms the cars first race at the Nurburgring in 1986, to be run by VW Schulz (now Porsche Centre Essen) and driven by privateer Annette Meeuvissen; a German driver who would go on to compete in the DTM with factory BMW Schnitzer and satellite Zakspeed / Linder teams. A huge portfolio of period press releases sit alongside factory specification print outs and other notable paperwork throughout the cars racing career; entries, programmes and pictures round up some welcome provenance.
More recently significant care and attention has been bestowed upon the car by a committed private owner in Belgium; the detail of which is listed in the history file.
The car is physically here and available to view in our showroom while currently being registered in the UK.
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