The 944 and the 951 (that's the turbo version of the 944 to the uninitiated) proved to be an excellent car for Porsche and its customers. So much so that in 1987 the factory race facility in Weissach built approximately 192 “Turbo Cup” cars designed to be raced around the world. These Posches were raced in Canada (Rothman Porsche Turbo Cup), in Europe (Turbo Cup series), in South Africa (Turbo Cup series) as well as in the Escort series in the United States. The 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup featured here is one of seven imported to the US by Al Holbert (head of Porsche Motorsports North America at the time) for the Escort Series. It is available for sale
Differences between a Porsche 951 and Porsche 944 Turbo Cup
There are many differences between the 951 and the Porsche Turbo Cup, some say as many as 100. There are factory deletes such as no sun roof, no insulation, no rust protection and no electric motors. Other differences include performance improvements such as larger brakes, larger clutch and modified transmission. While even more was done to lighten the car by as much as 400 lbs (such as a fiberglass engine hood, magnesium intake manifold and special carpets) the Porsche Turbo cup was intentionally designed to look like a 944/951 that you could buy from the dealer on Monday morning, but built as a true race car with factory installed roll cage, race seat, power kill switches, improved turbo unit, stiffened chassis, special magnesium wheels, as well as special Bilstein or Koni shock absorbers. Little modification was done to the engine, except for the turbo unit. The concept was a lighter car with improved handling and braking. If you're viewing this post via email you may want to click on 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup for Sale for a better viewing experience of the 18 pictures in our gallery.
Interestingly, the Porsche Turbo Cup represents the first “cup” series for Porsche with identical cars racing identical cars.
How Rare is a Porsche 944 Turbo Cup?
In the United States, about seven Porsche 944 Turbo Cups were imported by Al Holbert, Porsche Motorsport North America. They were raced in the Escort series as well as other venues. This example, WPOAA2956HN165111, was then purchased by Wrightwood Racing in California and raced in several enduro events. A decision by that race team was made somewhere around 1991 to race different cars, so this Porsche was put into storage. It was bought by the present owner with less than 4000 miles on the odometer. It has since been used for Porsche Club Driver Education events as well as one Porsche Club race in the current “G” class. It has just over 7000 original mile, has never had major body damage, is 100% correct and just might be the best example of this car in the world.
Pricing for this particular Porsche 944 Turbo Cup might seem high to some, but we think it's not too far off. These cars rarely come up on the market and at first glance this particular Porsche 944 Turbo Cup seems to be in even better condition then the one that sold recently at the Drendel Family Collection Auction for $79,200.
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