A huge want arrived yesterday and today I was able to get some shots of this wonderful beast. Philipilihp may want to sit down first ;)
As per usual on one of these posts for me, I’m diving into the history.
First let’s talk about the Porsche 935. The 935 built upon the RSR 2.1 Turbo and gave it a bit more displacement with a 3.2 liter flat-6. As this was near the beginning of carmakers using turbochargers, this car effectively created the term turbo-lag. It’s road-going counterpart has been infamously called the widowmaker. The 935 has been known to get up to 845 hp when the turbos spool up...that’s quite a wake-up call!
This version is known as the K3 built by Kremer Racing. The rules and regulations at the time were quite lax when it came to body work (and how closely the cars resembled their homologated counterparts) and as long as it fit on the wheelbase, you could do pretty much anything. This lead to one of the most ridiculous examples of this, the 935/78 a.k.a. Moby Dick. I’m sure most of us have a hot wheels version to check out. Kremer Racing took advantage of this to create new bodywork on the 935.
This particular K3 was run by Dick Barbour Racing, a very popular racing team from the USA. Dick Barbour Racing got 2nd overall at Le Mans behind a K3 supported by Porsche themselves and then won its class in 1980. This #71 was the sister car to the class-winner that unfortunately got a DNF in the 1980 Le Mans (right alongside Philipilihp’s coincidentally). Nevertheless, it looks amazing.
I fell in love with this livery as soon as I saw it. There’s something about these retro looks that are just great. Plus it’s neat to see how Apple was a huge player at the time... nearly died completely ... and is now back to the massive company we now know. Also... yes those are the turbofan wheels. Mr. Kenny from the Block showcased them in one of his Gymkhanas, displaying what they can do in a burnout ;)
This model is 1:18 and is made by True Scale Miniatures (TSM for those in the know). At first I was a little confused because I had assumed it would be a resin model (somehow mixed up Spark with TSM in my head) so I was extremely pleased to find this was diecast and had opening parts.
Gotta love the foam-wrapped roll cage. Also in true racecar form, extremely sparse inside. At least there is a fire extinguisher! Gotta say I am quite impressed with how well the few details are done.
The interior is not the only place hiding some nice detail.
Dat engine tho. Ah the age of air-cooled porsches. Also note those NACA ducts and the amazing mesh over them. Now what’s underneath?
The engine...just wow. From the intakes to the turbos, the cooling fins on the engine, the drilled rotors... just everything. It’s amazing. Now for some final detail shots!!
Overall I’m extremely happy I pulled the trigger on this. Philipilihp’s model definitely let me know it would be a good decision.
EDIT: Kremer is apparently coming out with a bodykit for the Porsche Cup Cars...