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Re: 944 engine into quattro? (4k,5k)
Don't get cranked out at me guys. I know that this BW should be directed
to the rennlist, but I just had to comment.
>SCCA spec cars only turn about 170 hp. No sh*t. Some of the later,
>efforts had more hp, but not that much more.
Jon Milledge and Jerry Woods, the two most respected authorities on SCCA
ITS Porsche 944 engine building, built several over 190hp Porsche 944
8v'er SCCA ITS motors. These were dyno'ed at Jerry's shop next to
Morspeed. I know this because, Jerry and Jon were both my clients at the
time, along with Mark Dickens of Projects Racing Service at Sears Point
who built the cars. (see European Car magazine, issue Jan '93, page 92).
I watched them on the dyno. These two cars were of course "at the limit"
of the engine internals, and consequently suffered the dreaded #2 rod
bearing failures often. You are right that "_most_" SCCA ITS Porsche 944
engines are around 170hp with moderate modifications. Still not enough
to catch the 240Z and RX7 GTU's. It's the overall combination of design,
balance, handling and brakes where a 944 will out shine the competition.
With the right driver, and correctly built (yes, $8k is reasonable)
motor, a 944 should always win. On a side note, my fellow Audi quattro
cohort in Lake Tahoe just finished an enduro last week at Sears Point in
his RX7 GTU. They won the class, and the closest competition was a
Porsche 944 finishing two laps down. He had battled the same 944 most of
the season, always loosing to it. He had time to refine his line over a
long time out on the track.
My stock 1987 944 8v'er is factory rated at 150hp at 5800 rpm's. I have
a 993 Carrera Cup style air filter modification and _might_ see and
additional 6hp. These engines are maxed out from the factory, and hands
down the smoothest 2.5ltr four cylinder ever made.
Thompson Smith http://www.thompsonsmith.com/944.jpg
1987 Porsche 944 / 1989 Audi quattro avant "S6" GMR/PCA