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  Porsche 935 L1 'Baby'
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1980
Numbers built:One-Off
Internal name:930
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:November 06, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFollowing the example of Porsche set by Porsche in 1977 with the one-off 'Baby', Germany-based Swede Jan Lundgardh created a 935 that could run in the competitive 2-litre class of the German DRM Championship. A longtime Porsche customer, Lundgardh received help from Porsche engineer Eberhard Braun, and crucially he also managed to get his hands on the spare engine from the original 'Baby' project.

Whereas the original 'Baby' featured a production sourced monocoque centre section with front and rear tubular frames, Lundgardh went one step further and had a complete spaceframe chassis constructed, just as Porsche had done for the mighty 935/78 'Moby Dick'. This provided both a lighter and more rigid platform to build the car around. The suspension layout was carried over from existing 935 designs and consisted of McPherson struts at the front and semi-trailing arms at the back.

In order to meet homologation requirements, the Lundgardh's 935 did feature a 911 Turbo windshield and roof, which ensured the car retained the same profile as the production machines. At its debut, during the 1980 Brands Hatch 6 Hours, the 935 L1 was clothed in a body similar to the production 935s. Before the end of the season, the car was fitted with the more slippery body developed by the Kremer Brothers for the all-conquering 935 K3.

What really set the 935 L1 apart from all other privately built 935s was the diminutive 1.4-litre engine. Taking the equivalency factor of 1.4x for turbocharged engines into account, this placed the car in the under two-litre category. This meant that the 'Baby' could run with a lighter weight than its big brothers. Thanks to the use of lightweight materials throughout, the car tipped the scales at just 817kg during scrutineering for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1981.

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