#startupmonday: Episode 06 – Porsche 930 911 Carrera 3.0

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This week’s #startupmonday is pretty special; it may look slightly confusing to some of our readers, because the base model of this car is actually a Porsche 930 Carrera 3.0 which was produced between 1976 and 1977. Except this particular car has taken several inspirational cues from the legendary 911 Carrera RS 3.0 which was produced between 1974 and 1975.

Motivation came from a 3.0-litre flat-six motor (minus the turbocharger) which developed 200 PS and fitted with larger intake and exhaust valves, good for a 6.1 seconds in the century sprint and a top speed of 236 km/h. The 911 Carrera 3.0 was produced in both Coupe and Targa body forms, offered in either a four or five-speed manual, or a three-speed automatic transmission, referred to as the Sportomatic.

Porsche started experimenting with turbocharging technology back in the 1960s and needed to produce road cards to meet the homologation regulations, which brought the birth of the iconic 1973 Carrera 2.7 RS. The 930 was built by Porsche from 1975 to 1989, known to the rest of the world simply as the 911 Turbo (early US cars wore the “Turbo Carrera” badge on its rump) and was the fastest production car in Germany from the time.

To summarize the formula; take one 3.0-litre flat-six from the Carrera 3.0 then add a turbocharger. The result from this was 260 PS and 329 Nm, available in four-speed automatic or five-speed manual and good for a century sprint of 5.2 seconds and maximum speed of 250 km/h. These are strong numbers, even by modern standards, so you can imagine just how incredible the 911 Turbo was when it debuted to the world then. The 930 had the iconic whale tail spoiler, which helped to direct air flow to the engine as well as create more downforce and increase stability.

In 1978, the 930’s engine was revised – with a larger engine bore, now at 3.3-litres and adding an intercooler, helping to lift numbers up to 300 PS and 412 Nm. In 1983, the European market were able to tick a performance option box on a built-to-order basis from Porsche, which included a four-pipe exhaust system, an oil cooler and lifting numbers even more to 335 PS. Porsche also offered a “Flachbau” (“flatnose” or “slantnose”) option for the 930 in 1981 which shipped with the 335 PS performance kit – very rare and perhaps another story for another day. Porsche’s 964 model replaced the 930 model from 1989 onwards.

The Porsche 930 911 Carrera 3.0 will never be among the loudest cars to appear on our #startupmonday segment, but the sounds from the mechanical flat-six motor will forever be magic to us.

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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