I would like to introduce you guys to my new “Boosted Bastards” series. In this Series I will introduce to you some of the most important and outstanding cars with one thing in common: Turbos!
There couldn’t be a better starter for the series than the original Porsche 911 Turbo. This series, which was also known as the Porsche 930, was quite a game changer in the mid seventies. The decision to pair their 3.0 liter flat six engine with a turbo was quite a stretch for this time. But the results spoke for themselves and resulted in the fact that Posche could finally step up to compete with brands like Ferrari or Lamborghini.
Of course you don’t just slam the best turbo charger you can find on your best engine to get results like that. Just keep in mind that the 930 was one of the fastest cars on the planet when it was released. To get there Porsche took their, already really fast, carrera RS and started to evolve it. The first task was to find a sweetspot how many pressure you could put on the engine before it looses stability. After some testing they came up with 0,8 bar pressure. As they figuered out how much power they would have to handle with, Porsche quickly realised that the base of the carrera RS couldn’t handle those forces without modifications.
That was the point were the look evolved that we all love. One those changes they made was the massive wing which also was the biggest difference between the Turbo and all other 911 models. Also it is the most iconic part of the Porsche Turbo until today. Another change were the wider fenders to fit the wider wheels, which were mounted on light Fuchs rims for even better performance.
All together they put a lot of motorsport know how in those cars what resulted in a street car perfoming like not too much else those times.
Just before the 930 was superseded by the 964 there was a huge demand for a car with a more slanted design and the performance of the 911 Turbo. Of course there were the Porsche 924 and 928, but those were completely different types of cars with their transaxle construction and without the legendary flat six engine.
For this reason Porsche came up with a conversion kit for the 930 to make it look like the 935 racecar.
This was the last step of the Porsche 930 before the 964 was released.
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