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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:1977
Numbers built:1
Internal name:930
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:June 27, 2017
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Click here to download printer friendly versionPorsche's dominance with the 935 in the Division 2 category of the German DRM Championship prompted organisers to run the televised 1977 Norisring round for Division 1 category only. The latter was open to under two-litre Group 5 cars and was hotly disputed by both BMW and Ford. The close fights provided entertaining races but well down the order from the sharp end of the field. Accordingly, the organisers felt the 'junior class' deserved more attention.

Instead of sitting idly by, Porsche decided to create a Division 1 version of the 935. This was more easily said than done as it required a bespoke engine and a reduction in weight of nearly 150 kg to meet the 735 kg limit of the two-litre class. In charge of the development of the aptly dubbed 935 'Baby' was Porsche's legendary engineer Norbert Singer. He took a very close look at the rulebook and devised one of the most extreme Group 5 racers yet.

In order to meet the low weight limit, Singer retained as little from the 911 Turbo shell as the rules required. This included the roof, the doors and the floor but every fore and aft of the cockpit was cut off. In the place of the missing chassis sections, purpose-built aluminium subframes were fitted to house the front and rear suspension, and the engine. The custom rear-end allowed the car featured newly developed semi-trailing arm suspension.

Porsche's engine wizard Ernst Fuhrmann was tasked to developed a version of the 935 engine in just two months. To comply with the two-litre regulations and taking into account the 1.4 equivalency factor for forced induction engines, it could displace no more than 1,425 cc, which was less than half of the regular 935 unit. Porsche's smallest six-cylinder engine ever was fitted with a single turbocharger and a pair of air-to-air intercoolers. It produced an impressive 370 bhp.

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  Article Image gallery (35) 935/2-001 Specifications