This my final post on the vintage 911 racers series TFritch started three weeks ago. I’m keeping the scale small today, another 1/64s. Not just Minichamps though.
Because Kyosho also got quite the quality when it comes to small Porsches. And they have an amazing Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1, the one used at Le Mans in 1974. I’m not sure in what category to put it though, it ain’t a 935 and it ain’t a 934. Because it got a “tiny” engine of 2,143 cc. For Le Mans that meant competing in the S3.0 class. Up to 3,000 cc’s. Compensated with a Turbo.
And that Türbø was necessary because Porsche had reached the physical limits of the production-based flat-six with the three-litre competition engine developed during the 1973 season.
So they took a car that started it’s life as one of the naturally aspirated, 2.8 litre engined Carrera RSRs, chassis 911 360 0576 (extensively raced in the 1973 World Championship by the works team), and mounted that 2.1 Turbo engine in it. That first one was used only once, for Manfred Schurti and Helmuth Koenig’s Imola 1000 km entry in 1974.
This one however, with it’s number 22, was Porsche’s/Martini Racing Team’s contender in the 1974 Le Mans race, competing against all kinds of prototypes (Matra’s/Pescarolo’s MS670C with it’s V12 would win it) but still: chassis number 911 460 9102 had an amazing result. Second. In the hands of Gijs van Lennep and Herbert Muller. And an impressive 500 hp. With 820kgs of car to push forward.
Practically no rear visibility (look at that wing!) and a weight distribution of 30% up front and 70% to the rear: I cannot imagine taking this one on the road. Something I still could imagine doing in a 934. It got even worse though. Well, worse...
Of that Carrera Turbo RSR 2.1 only 4 cars were made and they all were some sort of works cars. The white 935 you see here, the Martini number 1, was sold to “customers”. For racing. Quite successful as it won Le Mans in 1979. And no, that wasn’t a factory works car: It was a privateer-team (Kremer) with a customer car.
And Porsche made way more of these. It even evolved over the years, resulting in the 935/78 Moby Dick. With over 800hp this one even lost the true 911-feature of air-cooling. At least: The cylinder heads were water cooled. Just like the 959 later would have.
And even after the FIA had changed regulations in 1982 to loose the Group 1 to 5 classifications in favor for Group A to C, it was successful in other non-FIA disciplines. In 1983, for example, it took the Australian GT Championship in the hands of... RUSTY FRENCH!!!! Best name ever!
The end of that 935 for FIA racing was somewhat simultaneous with the end of 911s used by privateers in the GT Class at Le Mans for years to come. Only in 1993 when six Porsche 964 Carrera 3.8 RSRs – the brainchild of Jürgen Barth – finished 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 21st the return was a fact. And yes: 15th overall meant a GT-class win. What a return.
I’m sorry if I rush through that 935-part a bit but there’s so much to tell in general. And I’m sure there will be told more in the future, as there has been already in the past. Like Enginerrrrrrrr did. Or Philipilihp. Heck: even I showed this Minichamps 64 before in the first LaLD Car Week:
So das war es wieder. Und entschuldige if pictures came out a bit dark, I was experimenting a bit with new (to me) photo-editing software. Tschüss!