Everything You Wanted to Know About NASA's 944 Spec Racing Series
944 Spec is growing in many NASA regions. As a result, the Championships are always hotly contested, and the camaraderie among competitors in individual regions is first rate. With “half a V8” from the Porsche 928 in the front and a transaxle in the rear, the cars are exceptionally well balanced. They’re also reasonably light at 2,600 pounds, so they’re easy on tires and brakes. If you investigate a little, you’ll find it is much, much less expensive to race a Porsche than you might think.
The Porsche 944 Spec class is a class for those individuals who wish to race a Porsche in a competitive series with limited expense and low cost of operation. These rules are intended to control costs and reduce any performance advantage from the cars so that driving ability and race setup are the greatest factors in determining winners. The following are approved and disapproved items for the class. The spirit of the class is for all cars to be equal in weight and horsepower and be competitive with one another. The focus will be on driver ability and not dollar ability. This class is not intended to be an engine builder or innovator’s class.
Tires, size, brand and prices
Toyo Proxes RR 225-50R-15, $208 each
Brakes, brands and prices
Hawk DTC60s front, good for about half a season, $190
Hawk Blues or HP Plus in the rear, good for a whole season, $168
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Questions and Answers to Feed Your Curiosity
There’s no “best” car. Each has its own benefits. Early ’83 to ‘85 cars have easily serviceable front ball joints and use cookie cutter rims. The ‘86 has the one-year early style offset cookies, but with aluminum control arms. The ’86 to ‘88 cars have plastic gas tanks — no rust issues — and stronger seat mounts and fewer electrical issues than the early-style-fusebox cars.
The 1988 car is the one-year high compression engine, but early cars can have shaved heads to compensate or use 1988 engines.
If fitted with a properly built roll cage, not a bolt-in, yes. Hanksville Hotrods owner Hank Padilla builds the nicest cages on the market for these cars, and they come pre-fitted, notched, and clearly labelled for an extremely reasonable price. As an added bonus, the hatch area works like a pickup bed, fitting four wheels and tires in transport!
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