Posts tagged Turbo
Dark Horse - 1986 Ferrari 288 GTO Evoluzione

Even so, there was a very good reason for this apparent oversight. Ferrari never intended to enter the the sport as a factory team, instead opting to take the same sort of role they had done in the past.As with the Michelotto cars, Ferrari wished to sell a bunch of the cars to select privateers, who would only compete in pure tarmac events. This way the factory would have all the publicity with minimal financial and managerial expenses.

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Mighty Mouse - 1983 Nissan Pulsar EXA Turbo Group C

While filling out the car’s homologation papers, CAMS officials made a small typo which would do wonders for the project. Instead of entering T02, they filled in a certain box with T03. This denoted the specific type of Garrett turbocharger allowed on the car. Thanks to the typo, that turbine was now a damn sight bigger than it normally would have been.

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Deadly Dwarf - 1977 Porsche 935/2.0 "Baby"

As the 935 was the only car homologated for Group 5 racing, the company would have to find a way to bring it down to the correct specification. Porsche’s head designer Norbert Singer was given the arduous task of converting the 2.9L, twin turbo flat six, 630 horsepower and 970 kg (2,139 lbs) monster into something a lot less intimidating.

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Boxed In - 1985 Daihatsu Charade DeTomaso 926R Group B Prototype

In order to meet the limit, the engine was taken down to 926 cc, giving rise to the name 926R. After extensive fettling, the mini monster produced some 118 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 147 Nm at 3500 rpm. The IHI RHB32 turbocharger used was so small, the car had no need for an intercooler. This freed up space and saved weight.

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Swedish Delight - 2000 Saab 9-3 Viggen Ecopower Pikes Peak

Saab was eager to join in on the fun, since the company had only just become a full subsidiary of American automotive giant General Motors. Keen to expand their new asset’s marketability on their home soil, GM felt a Saab participation in one of the nations most famous motorsport events was nothing short of a masterstroke.

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Dubious Debut - 1985 Minardi M185 Motori Moderni

For a brand new team entering the sport, it was a living hell. As the 1.5L turbo engines were much more complicated and expensive than the increasingly outdated 3.0L naturally aspirated units, finding a competitive means of propulsion was nigh-on impossible. Despite this, Italian Formula Two outfit Minardi Team SpA moved to join Formula One during the course of 1984.

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Reluctant Racer - 1976 Lancia Stratos HF Turbo Group 5

Right in the middle of the rally weapon’s winning streak, Lancia made plans to adapt the car to the new Group 5 Special Production Car GT-regulations taking effect in 1976. This new category was intended to free up technical limitations on production-derived GT-racers, setting the stage for an era of widebody turbocharged insanity.

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Caustic Colonist - 1992 Audi S4 GTO

Instead, the firm hoped to introduce the even faster Audi 90 IMSA GTO into the Wesbank Series to further assert their dominance. However, there was a problem. Even though the standard Audi 90 was still in production, it was not available in the South African market

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