944 Turbo Cup Road Cars

944 Turbo Cup Road Cars

944 Turbo Cup Parts List...

About the 944 Turbo Cup Cars

According to Porsche AG, “… the 944 Turbo Cup Porsche starts the 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 (as opposed to the standard aluminum), 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.

Fewer than 200 of these special 944s were produced and were pressed into competition both in North America and Europe in a variety of Cup race series. A very small quantity of this number were never raced and stayed as road going versions or were converted back to factory standards at a later date.

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