Porsche Performance

1994 TechArt CT3

  • 3.6 liter Turmat supercharged six-cylinder
  • 462hp @ 6000rpm, 408lb-ft @ 5500rpm
  • 1 of only 20 examples

TechArt Automobildesign GmbH is an automobile tuning company based in Leonberg, Germany. TechArt specializes in extensively modifying exclusively Porsche vehicles. Thomas Behringer founded the company in 1987. In May of 2008, a TechArt GT Street RS, based on the Porsche 997 GT2, ran the best lap time at the Tuner Grand Prix, cementing TechArt’s legacy as one of the greatest Porsche tuning companies of all time.

The TechArt CT3 was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1995. The 3.6-liter six-cylinder boxer engine was modified by adding a belt-driven Turmat supercharger that upped the power to 462 at 6000rpm, with 408 lb-ft of torque available at 5500 to the rear wheels. Zero to sixty was accomplished in less than four seconds. Other upgrades included work to the suspension and brakes, as well as an entire aero-package designed to increase downforce. The “Turbo S” style rear fender intakes actually first appeared on the CT3 before it ever appeared on the 1998 993 Turbo S model. Curb weight was reduced by around 160 pounds by utilizing bespoke carbon-kevlar doors designed by TechArt and Lightweight Recaro A8 Seats. This particular car was used by TechArt to achieve Automotive Manufacturer status by the German Authorities, making it the first official TechArt Automobile in the world.

1987 Porsche 959 Komfort

  • The car that wrote the “Super Car” definition
  • 2849cc twin-turbocharged DOHC flat-6
  • Six-speed manual gearbox
  • 444hp @ 6500rpm, 369lb-ft @ 5500rpm
  • 199mph top speed
  • 1 of 293 produced

The car that wrote the “Super Car” definition – The Porsche 959 Development on the 959 began as early as 1981, however the supercar’s lineage can be traced back even further to culminate in this showcase of Porsche’s technological innovation. The 959 was so advanced for its time that it changed the evolution of every car Porsche would build for the next 25 years and forced other manufacturers to invest more heavily in R&D. The 959 employs height-adjustable and dampening-adjustable suspension, cockpit-controlled 4 program traction control system coupled to an all-wheel drive system, antilock brakes, Hollow-spoke Magnesium wheels with Tire Pressure Monitoring system, run-flat tire technology, and a zero-lift aluminum and carbon body (these were all firsts in the automotive industry). Power comes from the 2.85 liter derivative of Porsche’s flat-6, with sequential twin turbochargers that spool smoothly over the rev range, unlike previous Porsche Turbos. With 444 hp and 369 ft-lb of torque, and a 6-speed transmission (another first), the 959 is quick and agile with a top speed of nearly 200 mph. Two trim levels were offered by Porsche: Komfort and Sport. The Komfort model offered air conditioning, power windows and seats, rear seats, the aforementioned height-adjustable suspension, a right door mirror, and sound insulation. The Sport trim lacked all of those items, saving an additional 110 pounds. Porsche not wanting to waste time or money on federal crash tests skipped the American market. So desirable was the 959 that many arrived in America under the “Show and Display” clause and have only recently been legalized for the street. The 959 achieved a 1-2 victory in the Paris-Dakar Rally and a 959 modified for LeMans – the 961 – finished first in its class. Making the 959 one of the first cars to dominate with victories in Rally, Circuit Racing and the Street. This 1987 model also features some Porsche Exclusive options.

1985 Porsche 962

  • Flat-6 aircooled, single turbo IMSA GTP spec 3.0L motor
  • Approximately 1900lbs without fuel or driver
  • Top speed of over 218mph

The Porsche 962 is a sports-prototype racing car built as a replacement for the outgoing 956. It was introduced in late 1984 and raced with great success well into the mid 1990s. Porsche had originally intended to race the 956 in the World Sportscar Championship and the North American IMSA GTP Championship. Unfortunately, IMSA GTP regulations forbid the 956 from competing on the grounds of safety concerns. The issue was that the drivers’ feet were ahead of the front axle. In order to rectify this issue and make the vehicle eligible for competition, Porsche extended the 956’s wheelbase in order to move the front wheels ahead of the pedal box. Porsche produced 91 962’s from 1984-91. The official Porsche factory team used 16 of them, while the remaining 75 were sold to customers or privateers. In 1987, the Rothmans Porsche AG team won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche 962C powered by a Type-935 3.0L turbocharged Flat-6.

1992 Porsche 964 Turbo S Leichtbau

  • 3 liter turbocharged and intercooled flat-6
  • 396lbs lighter than a standard 964 turbo
  • 381hp, 61 more than a standard 964 Turbo
  • Only 86 produced

The 1992 964 Turbo S Leichtbau was the brainchild of Porsche Exclusive Department Head, Rolf Sprenger.  He fused the mechanical items from the 1991 964 Turbo S2 (20 units were built by ANDIAL to qualify for IMSA) and the Carrera RS. According to the internal memo, the car to be built was originally referred to as the “911 Turbo RS Leichtbau”, and later this was changed to the “964 Turbo S Leichtbau”.

Through its level of equipment and special modifications, the 911 Turbo S at the time was a substantial 180 kg or 396 lb lighter than the “regular” Turbo. A modified camshaft, upgraded intake ducts, a slight increase in charge pressure and the optimized ignition and injection system increased engine power to no less than 381 hp, accelerating the car from a standstill to 100 km/ in 4.6 seconds and allowing a top speed of 290 km/h or 180 mph.

Porsche admits that in technical terms, it was based on the 911 Turbo S2 which raced successfully in 1991 by Hurley Haywood in the Supercar Series. These cars had a decal on the Side Skirt (Rocker panels) that paid tribute to their origin: “Supercar Champion, IMSA”