The 2016 Porsche Festival at Hampton Downs will welcome New Zealand's endurance racing champions and four stunning factory cars direct from Porsche.
To celebrate the success of Porsche’s successful return to endurance racing, the two Kiwis in the team, World Endurance Champion Brendon Hartley and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Earl Bamber will attend the 2016 New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing, demonstrating two very special cars from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart - a 1977 Porsche 935 and a 1998 WSC LMP1 Prototype, which are both making their first ever appearance on an NZ track.
The New Zealand Festival of Motor Racing is the country's largest historic motorsport event and takes place over two weekends in January at the Hampton Downs circuit in the North Waikato, approximately 45 minutes from Auckland. In 2016 the event will be held on January 15th to 17th and 22nd to 24th with Stuggart's finest the stars of the show on both weekends. Also on the bill in 2016 are Formula 5000, Historic Sports Sedans, Pre-65, Historic Muscle Cars, a Euro Enduro race and a multitude of on track Porsche activity from racing to passenger rides and regularity trials.
The Porsche Marquee will also have two further factory cars on display, a 918 Spyder (the latest Porsche super car) and a full sized model of the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car so successfully campaigned by Brendon & Earl in 2015. The Porsche Club of New Zealand, in partnership with the event organisers, is also inviting all Porsche owners - and anyone else that loves cars, to be part of the 2016 event, which should also see the largest ever gathering of Porsches assembled in NZ.
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Legendary 1977 935 will run
The legendary Porsche 935 is the factory racing version of the Porsche 911 turbo, prepared for FIA-Group 5 rules that dominated global sports car racing in that racing period. It was developed from the Porsche Carrera RSR 2.1 turbo prototype, which had finished second at the Le Mans 24 hours the previous season.
For the start of 1977, as well as running its own works team, Porsche offered the 935 to customers entering the World Championship for Makes, in the IMSA GT Championship and in the German Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (DRM) - the forerunner of today's DTM series.
It was the start of an almost unbelievable career for the Type 935, which appeared in large numbers throughout the racing world, and in many guises as teams tried to find just a little bit more speed.....
It went on to win the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans overall as well as many of the key endurance races. According to the records, it started 370 races, and won 123 of them.
Famously, the car became known for its spectacular flame throwing exhausts and we hope the works Martini 935 at the Festival will take us all back to those days! The large turbocharger was used with mechanical fuel injection which caused turbo lag followed shortly by a fireball spitting from the exhaust and an enormous amount of power, in theory up to 800bhp. The dominance of the 935 was ended by the FIA rules changes which came into effect in 1982, when the six numbered groups were replaced by only three groups, A, B and C.
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