The Martini Porsche 936 Turbo first run
I waited for the Vintage & Coffee meeting organized at the club to run this model because I knew my friend Laurent from Tamiya and More would bring his iconic Porsche 934 Turbo RSR at the track too.
This is a privilege to admire two models so old and iconic together on the same track because they hardly ever leave they display shelves. To see one of these models running on a track is even rarer, as the very few videos you can find on internet prove (do not be abused by the Porsche 934TamTech version).
But when it comes to seeing them running together...
It is quite difficult to describe the pleasure and the strain you feel while these two iconic models are running on the track. Being very old models, performance or racing are not to be considered: before all, it is a great moment to see the models running, but also a permanent strain, a dialogue and some complicity with the other drivers to synchronize racing lines.
On this video, the Porsche 934 Turbo RSR has its stock motor, a Mabuchi 360. My Martini Porsche 936 Turbo has a Mabuchi 540, thus the important gap in speed between the two, despite the fact that my model was never driven full throttle at any moment. The other model you can see in the video is a Kyosho / Graupner Alpine A310 from 1979.
As for the Martini Porsche 936 Turbo chassis handling, it is surprisingly good for a model of this age, especially considering the power brought by the Mabuchi 540 (it is powerful on such a basic and light chassis). However, the bodyshell was pretty worrying due to its very long rear overhang: the weight of the ABS and the chassis flex produce an important pitching movement (the bodyshell oscillates from the front to the rear). Even though this movement seemed to be reduced as the speed was increasing, I didn't dare to verify it: if I am wrong, the nose could hit the ground and the car may be seriously damaged. Anyway, driving flat out with such a model is so risky that you can't get any fun out of it: the "cruise" mode is much better because it leaves you time to watch the model running safely on the track.
I want to thank Laurent from Tamiya and More or this incredible run, for his friendship and his trust. Thank you to the "Hornet Vosgien" for joining us with his Kyosho / Graupner Alpine A310 and thank you to our cameramen and photographs too.