911 SC RS 3.0 – 255 ch [1984]

Une Porsche 911 SC/RS qui s’amuse sur le Nürb… enneigé ! (Vidéo)

De la 911 qui lime le Nürb, vous en aurez des centaines sur le web ! De toutes les couleurs, en grip, en drift… Choisissez, cherchez, vous trouverez ! Jusqu’à là, rien d’exceptionnel, mais avec 20 centimètres de poudreuse sur le circuit F1, là, ça change tout… Surtout avec une authentique 911 SC/RS, oui, pas … Continuer la lecture de Une Porsche 911 SC/RS qui s’amuse sur le Nürb… enneigé ! (Vidéo)

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The Rothmans Porsche 911 SC RS proved that Group B didn’t need 4WD to be absolutely awesome

This weekend, Rally Sweden marks the return of the World Rally Championship. However, unlike round one in Monte Carlo, there are no R-GT class Porsche 911s lining up for today’s shakedown.

Still needing our special stage fix, we’ve turned our attention to something a little more classic this week, chancing across some rare Group B onboard from the Rothmans Porsche Rally Team, run by Prodrive.

The factory-backed Porsche 911 SC RSs saw the majority of their success in the Middle East with Saaed Al-Hajri behind the wheel however, David Richards team also brought the cars over to Ireland where they were spectacularly pedalled by local ace, Billy Coleman.

Coleman (one of Ireland’s top rally drivers) won the 1985 Donegal Rally in the 911 SC RS, following that up with second at that year’s Cork Rally. The following season started with similar success as the Irishman and co-driver, Ronan Morgan secured victory at Galway.

Billy Colemand Circuit of Ireland 1985

Therefore, they had every right to believe that a win was on the cards heading into the 1986 Circuit of Ireland, an event Coleman had won three times (albeit driving non-Stuttgart machinery).

Unfortunately, an accident ruled the Rothman Porsche 911 SC RS out of the overall reckoning but, as this video from Special Stage 2 shows, Coleman definitely had the speed to take the fight to David Llewellin and his winning MG Metro 6R4.

Watching this brings back good memories of our time behind the wheel of Prodrive’s resplendent Rothmans Porsche 911 SC RS just over 12 months ago. We have to admit though, we weren’t pushing as hard as Billy Coleman!

To read our full track test of the Group B Porsche 911 SC RS, as well as an interview with Prodrive boss, David Richards, order your copy of Total 911 issue 109 now for just half price. Alternatively, you can download it straight to your digital device here.

Porsche 911 SC RS

Top eight rarest factory-built Porsche 911s of all time

Rarity is a huge draw for many Porsche 911 enthusiasts, with Zuffenhausen having produced its fair share of small-run oddities. Here are the eight most unusual cars to have ever rolled off the production line in Zuffenhausen. Have you seen all of them in the metal?

8) Porsche 964 Turbo S
Porsche 964 Turbo S

Production numbers: 81
Ignoring the us only 930 S (which was actually a flatnose 911 Turbo), the Porsche 964 Turbo S was the first car to carry the fabled moniker. 180kg lighter than the standard 3.3-litre Turbo it was the fastest road-going 911 ever released when it arrived in 1992.

Get all the tech specs on the 964 Turbo S in our data file section.

7) Porsche 964 RS 3.8
Porsche 964 RS 3.8

Production numbers: 55
While the 3.6-litre car currently gets all the plaudits, the Porsche 964 RS 3.8 was much, much rarer. It utilised the Turbo’s bodyshell and the 18-inch split-rim Speedlines. Numbers were kept low thanks to a single-year production run in 1993.

Get all the tech specs on the 964 RS 3.8 in our data file section.

6) Porsche 930 LE
Porsche 930 LE

Production numbers: 50
The ‘LE’ stood for ‘Limited Edition’ as this particular Porsche 930 was meant to mark the end of 911 Turbo production. As it was, a 964 version was created but the 930 LE remains sought after thanks to its aggressive looks, formidable performance and G50 gearbox.

Get all the tech specs on the 930 LE in our data file section.

5) Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion
Porsche 911 GT1

Production numbers: 25
Is it a true Porsche 911? The mid-engined Porsche 911 GT1 was a thoroughbred racer designed to bend the rules and take on the McLaren F1. 25 examples were needed to homologate the race version which would go on to take second place at the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Get all the tech specs on the 911 GT1 Straßenversion in our data file section.

4) Porsche 911R
Porsche 911R

Production numbers: 20 (plus 4 protoypes)

The Porsche 911R was Zuffenhausen’s first attempt at a homologation special. However, weighing just 800kg and featuring the Carrera GTS’s 210bhp flat six, the FIA weren’t convinced that this was just a variant of a 911S, instead making it race as a prototype.

Get all the tech specs on the 911R in our data file section.

3) Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight
Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight

Production numbers: 22
Build using surplus parts from the 953 Paris-Dakar project, the Porsche 964 Carrera 4 Leichtbau made extensive use of fibreglass to bring the base cars weight down to 1,050kg. It didn’t make financial sense for Porsche but it did give Weissach’s engineers something to do after the end of the 959/961 development.

Get all the tech specs on the 964 Carrera 4 Lightweight in our data file section.

2) Porsche 911 SC RS
Porsche 911 SC RS

Production numbers: 20
Built for the 1984 rallying season, the Group B specification Porsche 911 SC RS wasn’t really an SC at all. In competition guise, the Turbo-bodied car turned out 290bhp though the road-going versions were down tuned to 255bhp. This is the car that helped form rallying powerhouse, Prodrive.

Get all the tech specs on the 911 SC RS in our data file section.

1) Porsche 911 2.7 Turbo
Porsche 911 2.7 Turbo

Production numbers: 1
Everyone thinks that the first Porsche 911 Turbo featured a 3.0-litre powerplant with a single KKK turbocharger. However, the real beginning to Zuffenhausen’s forced induction 911 legend was this 2.7-litre car given to Louise Piëch, daughter of Porsche founder, Ferry.

To read about this incredibly unusual Porsche 911 Turbo, pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 112, available to download now.

Video: Porsche 911 SC RS in action

It’s a cold but thankfully dry day at Curborough but the West Midlands silence is about to be broken by a legendary Porsche 911 rally car. Here is Prodrive’s video from the day Total 911 got behind the wheel of the 1984 911 SC RS. You can read about the history of this awesome Group B car in issue 109 of Total 911, including our thoughts on what it is like from the driver’s seat. And, if that wasn’t enough, here are the car’s impressive career statistics.

Porsche 911 SC RS in numbers

Porsche 911 SC RS
Saeed Al-Hajri provided Prodrive with victory on their Porsche 911 SC RS debut.

13 different pairings:

  • S. Al-Hajri/J. Spiller
  • H. Toivonen/I. Grindrod
  • H. Toivonen/J. Piironen
  • J. Kankkunen/J. Piironen
  • J.L Therier/M. Vial
  • R. Clark/I. Grindrod
  • B. Beguin/J.J Lenne
  • B. Coleman/R. Morgan
  • B. Beguin/G. Borie
  •  B. Beguin/C. Tilber
  • J. McRae/I. Grindrod
  • S. Al-Hajri/R. Morgan
  • N. Karam/J. Saghbini

World Championship points:

2 (5th place, 1985 Acropolis Rally)
Billy Colemand Circuit of Ireland 1985
Billy Coleman was fast and spectacular on the Emerald Isle’s roads.

Number of podiums:

  1st 2nd 3rd
1984 7 3 2
1985 5 6 2
1986 2 3 1
Win percentage: 23.2% Power output 290bhp
Al-Hajri was the 911 SC RS's most successful driver, twice winning the Middle East Rally Championship.
Al-Hajri was the 911 SC RS’s most successful driver, twice winning the Middle East Rally Championship.

Championship results:

2nd European Rally Championship, 1984 1st Middle East Rally Championship, 1984, 1985 1st Irish Rally Championship, 1985 The Porsche 911 SC RS is one of the stars of Total 911 issue 109, available now in store, online at the Imagine Shop, and to download at Great Digital Mags.

Porsche 911 SC RS: King of the Stage

1984 Porsche 911 SC RS A mixture of childish excitement and trepidation fills me as I arrive at Curborough Sprint Course to the sight of a Rothmans-liveried Porsche 911 SC RS being unloaded from Prodrive’s unassuming box trailer. The gorgeous white and blue colour scheme, with its red and gold pinstripes, has entralled me since reading about the partnership’s halcyon days, winning Le Mans with the 956 and 962 sports prototypes. Driving a Rothmans Porsche has always been high on my ‘I wish’ list and now, on a (thankfully) dry autumnal day, that wish is about to come true. However, while it was Weissach’s Group C offerings that sparked my love affair with the Rothmans livery, this particular Porsche isn’t designed for the track. Porsche 911 SC RS Group B Instead, this is a Group B rally car, designed to take the Stuttgart manufacturer back to world’s special stages. The SC RS came about after David Richards, the man behind the Rothmans Porsche sponsorship deal, went to Weissach to talk about his real passion, rallying. Richards had co-driven Ari Vatanen to the 1981 World Rally Championship and was intent on setting up his own rally team.
With Porsche developing the 959 four-wheel drive car for Group B, an alliance with Stuttgart was a logical plan but the 959 project was suffering from delays, leading Porsche to suggest an interim programme with the new SC RS. Rothmans Porsche 911 SC RS For the 1984 season, Weissach built 20 examples to satisfy the FIA’s competition homologation proces, passing five cars onto Richard’s fledgling Prodrive outfit to be run as part of the works-assisted Rothmans Porsche Rally Team. To read more about the history of the Porsche 911 SC RS, Prodrive’s formative years on the rallying scene, and an incredible test drive in this Group B brute, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 109, available in store, online at the Imagine Shop, and to download to your digital device at Great Digital Mags. What’s more, Prodrive filmed the car in action when Total 911 got behind the wheel. You can watch the video here. Or you can also fill your head with all the essential Porsche 911 SC RS data in with our ‘911 SC RS in numbers’ guide. Porsche 911 SC RS

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