Yesterday Porsche debuted a new 911 GT2 RS Clubsport in a charming black Martini color scheme. I do not know how many people know the car or race it's homage to, but both were among the sketchiest I've come across.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport Becomes Your New 700 -HP Trackcar for a $ 478,000
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Back in 1976, Porsche debuted its new prototype racing car, the 936. The weight was 1 543 pounds. The engine made 520 horsepower. Twin turbos, no thanks. A sketchy car with specifications alone.
It's until you get to know how their first race went.
The debut itself was on the 300km sprint race on Nürburgring that year as you drove on Nordschleife with little in the way of crash barriers.
Rolf Stommelen, the fast-growing factory driver at that time, was on the wheel. He qualified others for the Porsche Work Team (so-called Porsche System Engineering), David Specialist, behind the relative production Goliath of Renault, Porsche's big stamina competition at the time before Lancia entered just before Group C arrived.
The race started well, but things went fast, not good, as Motorsport-Info.de recalls some German, I would like to translate:
The stupid führte das Rennen bis zur 6. Round one, mußte is my einem klemmenden Gaszug zur Box. Sein Gasschieber blieb auf einer 3/4-Offen-Stellung stehen. Normalerweise wäre das Rennen für den 936 beings gewesen. Angesichts des kurzen Rennens lohnte ein Wechsel des Gaszuges nieicht. Also Wurde Rolf wieder auf die Strecke is suitable. Are you with the Wagen mit Hauptstromschalter. Were the Kurven Strom (und dust auch der Motor), then choose Strom wieder ein und Vollgas. Kum einer may wirklich beurteilen können, the giant Fahrerske Leistung Rolf ablieferte.
The stumbling led up to the sixth round, then he had to pit with a fixed accelerator pedal. His gas was at 3/4 open. Normally the races will be over to 936. But given that it was a short run, it was not sensible to replace the gas pipeline. Then Rolf was sent back on track. He drove the car with the main power switch. Before a corner, cut the power (and the engine with it), then turn on again and full throttle. One can hardly figure out what significant dear driving power Rolf had to do with.
Oh, yes, drive the car on / off with a fixed throttle with the kill switch. Cool.
The stumble ended others, after all. Unreal.
This is not a story you would come across to some of Porsche's official story pages, and I could not find any pictures of the car on my site. I sent Porsche by e-mail and got these pictures from Porsche's ever-useful archive, a wild story, if one like the company may not hurry to tell.
I'd say that this is probably how the car got its nickname for "black widow", but I do not know if this race was the only part of it. 936, Le Mans won that year, but only after the leader 936 broke a connecting rod, and next 936 a headpack blew, leaving the third 936 in the 41st place thanks to a poor injection pump that took half an hour to replace, as described in Paul Frerses The Porsche Book.
Porsche switched the drivers around and managed to complain for half an hour, climbed to the management, glued the car around so gigantically that it grabbed a piston driving on the throttle. The car finished with its last two rounds down a cylinder.
So when you see the black, red and blue 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, you know that it's a car racing car that was scarcely more than most, even in its time.