As purchased, my Cup replica had a 3" exhaust (straight pipe as it is a track-only car). It is LOUD. Very. Loud. Had to take it down a notch...
One of my goals is to move it back to the street, and that will take some pulling it back from the edge of full-race mode. Eventually, a high-flow catalytic converter, lightweight carpet, among a massive laundry list of items will help bring this back to be (somewhat) comfortable on the street. Think more GT3... think 944 Turbo Cup "reimagined".
I am already around very loud noises all day, every day. To tone her down a bit, I researched, researched, and researched mufflers for the Cup which would not completely kill the deep sound or end up sounding like a Civic. I reached back to my college days, where one of my close friends built his LT1 Camaro into a monster, and opted for Spintech. I have watched Spintech over the years grow into quite a successful exhaust company (subsidiary of a larger metalworks company). I decided to finally (after first finding them in 2003, FOURTEEN YEARS AGO) go with Spintech!
I just received my new Sportsman 3000XL in the mail. I had to remove about 3 inches of the exhaust pipe towards the rear, but other than that the install was pretty easy. The exhaust was fitted together with heavy torque clamps. but I still managed to break one lose. One replacement on the way.
Here is a video of the Spintech Sportsman 3000XL on the 2.5L 944 Turbo Cup. As always, cell phone video sound is not the best representation of actual sound, but it's pretty good.
Bimarco FIA Seats for the Cup car
After much deliberation, I decided to give the comparatively inexpensive Bimarco FIA racing seats a shot for the Cup car. I am still waiting on my seat brackets and possibly sliders from Wedge Brackets, however, I wanted to post a picture of the seat. I went with one seat for now, to check the quality/build/comfort/value of the seat before purchasing the passenger seat.
For around $400 shipped, they even put the Porsche crest on the headrest. Of note, it looks a bit lop-sided, however, that is imply because the picture was offset. It is straight!
As soon as I get home from this extended business trip I find myself on, I plan on starting work restoring my Turbo Cup replica back closer to how the factory would have intended it. I plan on documenting everything here.
One of the first things I'm going to do is strip it down and paint it, and I am like my wife picking out tile for the bathroom -- I can't decide on a damn color.
I keep coming back to the color of the 911 Sport Classic. I want something retro, a nod to the '70s and '80s.
Not sure what the color code is, but it's gorgeous.
I'd probably keep the subtle racing stripes down the middle.
Then I saw this the other day. A little "wild" but a great looking color...
So first thing is paint. Next thing will be the RS style carpet, a little lightweight sound deadening, but also with some bare interior for a nice offset of color.
End goal? A trackable street car vice the full up race car it is now. Mechanically, the previous owner built a 944 Turbo Cup to stock specs, down to the magnesium intake manifold. I am not going to modify the engine at all, the only thing I will do is tone-down the exhaust (completely open).
Would love color inputs! Comment below!
The Turbo Cup / RS Project
I recently acquired a 1989 944 Turbo Cup replica from a fellow-Porsche nut in Florida. He turned his 951 into a track monster, and holds several class records including at Mid Ohio. He built one helluva machine.
My goals for the Cup car are slightly different, but his hard work and dedication to detail gave me a phenomenal starting point for my project.
I am anticipating this project taking several years, if not longer. I will document the project here at 944Turbo.com/blog.
Thanks in advance for the support!
I am a husband, father, and Porsche fan. I spent my childhood in Germany and became fond of Porsche at a young age.