This brilliant factory built Porsche 944 Turbo Cup is an out-and-out racer reminiscing in the glorious 1980’s. Being one of a total of 35 cars ever built, this is indeed a very exclusive bit of motorsports history. This stunning condition car currently available at Gmünd is essentially a stock 944 Turbo slightly modified for racing.
The 944 Turbo Cup cars essentially featured the same 2.5-litre turbocharged engine of their road going counterparts with only a slight bump in power and torque that came from a factory ECU retune. It’s the subtle changes introduced by Porsche on this Cup car that makes a big change in turning a brilliant road car into a race ready machine. The changes include the use of a magnesium oil sump, a smaller alternator and a modified turbocharger, even the synchromesh five-speed gearbox of the car was reinforced to take some serious track abuse.
In the handling department the cup car was fitted with stiffer springs and dampers to stay more compliant for track use while the wheels were upgraded to magnesium alloys as compared to the Fuchs wheels on the standard road car . Interestingly enough the 944 Turbo Cup featured a modified ABS system for track application as opposed to track based cars completely eliminating the ABS system altogether. The interiors of this Porsche 944 Turbo Cup car from 1980 is racing standard, it is equipped with a factory roll cage, Recaro race seats and a Sparco steering wheel.
This particular example of the Porsche 944 Turbo Cup was raced during in the International Porsche Turbo Cup Series, finishing in 7th place in the 1988 season and 11th in the 1989 season. Draped in pure Alpine White and carrying all the original racing decals from its glory days on the race track.