"Porsches are the strongest."
"No, you don’t know what you’re talking about; Ferraris are the strongest.
Porsches might be strong on the track and in rallies, but Ferrari's 0-100km/h times, Ferrari 's max speed..." On and on it goes.
Then comes the idea; a challenge on track.
A famous journalist/rallydriver sets the Rules:
The showdown takes place at circuit Lombardore in North Italy, not far from Turin. 2 warm-ups of 5 laps, tires are free...only they’re not slick. A few period models — Dino 2400, 911 2.4S, Ferrari 208 Turbo, 911 3,0 Turbo, Ferrari 308 GTB, 911 Carrera, etc. From a Daytona, 3.3 Turbo, and Ferrari 512 up to a Ferrari 348 GTB, 911 Carrera 3,6, Ferrari 348 Challenge, and 944 Turbo Cup.
January. A perfect sunny day as if on cue for the event greeted an audience peppered with dealers and car club Illuminati. The combat that would either disappoint or delight supporters of the marques was set to begin.
The premise was announced:
“Today we set to prove which marque would earn the accolade of "World Champion GT. To the gentlemen drivers of the world’s finest cars, today we fight for our honor, losers won't survive.”
That said it all.
"We did a few laps around the track in a formation of alternating Ferraris and Porsches, but then the frolicking was over..."
The race director establishes 45 minutes of free run to to ensure the car’s set-ups are satisfactory. Ferraris attack the track. Their presence hushes the crowd; beautiful, fascinating, the sound of 8 and 12 cylinders enraptured the audience. The Porsche drivers take things easy; a few laps, then they come in to set pressure tires, adjust the anti-roll bar...they certainly don’t feel threatened by the Reds. Out on the tarmac, a Testarossa comes around the turn in spectacular fashion...sideways; the crowd goes wild.
Smiles abounding in the Ferrari enclave. In my head, I’m thinking, "Big show, little yield, while they’re playing “the rallydriver,” the clock is running.” But I keep everything to myself. Like a little bastard, I reply with a smirk suggesting false admiration. Some of the Porsche drivers feel at home here. One of them is also one of the circuit’s owners; they know the lay of land pretty well, so they do a few laps and try instead to give good hints by example to my the less trained companions.
Finally the two sessions began.
News of the challenge spread rapidly and so the initial 10 Porsches, 10 Ferraris were increased to another five each, for a total of 15 Ferrari and 15 Porsche. A pair or two were similar models but we agreed that "more opponents equal more battle honor."
While the morning continued, the warm winter sun has raised the temperature of the asphalt by several degrees. We adjust tire pressures, fill up our tanks, perform a few final checks and we’re ready. The fierce battle begins; no one wants to lose. Some have illusions of grandeur that their performance may prompt a phone call from Ferrari or Porsche...maybe they’ll be offered an official factory seat?
The first match came to a close; the results were as follows:
- Nanni C. / Porsche 944 Turbo Cup
- Peppino G. / Porsche 911 RS - 1.04
- Mario S. / Porsche 911 RS - 1.36
- Piero M. / Porsche 3.3 Turbo - 2.17
- David P. / Ferrari 348 TB - 2.31
- Fabio L. / Porsche 911 Carrera 2
- Marco R. / Ferrari 512 BB
- Piero M. / Porsche 911 Speedster
- Alberto B. / Ferrari Testarossa
- M.R. / Porsche 911 Carrera 4
- Sergio B. / Porsche 3.6
- Piero G. / Ferrari 348 TB
- Andrea R. Porsche 944 Turbo S
- Paul M. / Ferrari 308 VTR
- Bruno M. / Porsche 3.3 Turbo
- Michela G. / Porsche 911 RS
- Amatore B. / Porsche 911 S
- Paul S. / ferrari 348 TB
- Claudio F. / Ferrrari 208 GTS Turbo
- Rino R. / Porsche 911 2.4
- Gualtiero G. / Porsche 356 racer
- Sandro G. / Ferrari Testarossa
- Luca V. / Ferrari 348 TS
- Andrea F. / Porsche 911 3.2
- M.C. / Ferrari 308 GTB
- Walter B. / Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
- Enrico T. / Ferrari 512 BB
"How much does it weigh? But is this standard? This has to be Turbo, no? It’s pretty lively! You never encountered fading brakes? The tires didn’t didn’t want to break lose? Sure, exiting the bends with 50/50 weight distribution of this Turbo is superb, but look at my 512...it’s just beautiful!" The chatter was incessant.
Time for the second run. Ready? GO!
History repeats itself...except for some changes in a few positions in the middle group, the end result remains unchanged with 7 Porsches in the top 10.
This was a real event, occurring in 1991, put together by the owner of that 944 Turbo Cup to sway the guys hesitating in joining the “Registro italiano Porsche 924 944 968 928.” He's now the president of the registry, winner of at least 3 Turbo Cup championships, and the first owner of that beautiful Red 944 Turbo Cup.
When you read or hear about something like this, what stops you from buying a 944, or any Porsche transaxle, and/or joining a fan’s group? flüssig, as a fans group, could be a world wide disease, like Mr Leo Dijkstra would like.
Disease or not, I bet nobody will bother looking for meds or remedies to cure it.
Franceso Tiepolo - flüssig's correspondent in Italy
images: Grazie a Nanni Corongi: Presidente http://www.registroitalianoporsche924-944-928-968.it Registro ufficiale Porsche Italia per le foto.