Indy Car ::
It was to
have been Porsche's triumphant return to open wheel motor racing.
Throughout the winter of 1978-1979, Porsche discussions about
Indy became increasingly focused and by late summer 1979 an agreement
had been reached for Porsche to enter Indy in 1980 with Interscope
as its team of choice.
The engine used for this effort was a direct descendent of the
2.65 liter engine used in the 935/75 (and later used in the all-conquering
956). Producing more than 800 horsepower, the new Porsche was
apparently more than the equal of the Cosworth's that were dominant
at the time. In fact, A.J. Foyt and others were so concerned they
began lobbying heavily to have the allowable boost for the Porsche
reduced from 54 to 48 inches.
USAC, embroiled in the politically intense split with CART, was
not eager to lose their only remaining 'star' and finally succumbed
to the pressure. In late March, they issued a technical bulletin
breaking their previous agreement and limiting the Porsche powerplant
to 48 inches of boost. With less than a month remaining before
the start of practice for the 500, Porsche's response was quick.
In a terse, one page press release, the company announced that
it was canceling its Indy program.
Alas, outside of Porsche's engineers, Ongais and the Interscope
team, no one (except, perhaps, for the rumored spies from the
Penske and other teams) had ever seen the Porsche on the track
where it was said to have been spectacular - breaking numerous
track records including the Ontario Motor Speedway (a near duplicate
The Porsche Indy is now undergoing a 100 point restoration at
Gunnar racing and in 2002 will finally be allowed to run before
the motorsports public.
View 1979 Autoweek Article >>>
View September 2002 Porsche Panorama Article
2.65 litre, air cooled cylinders and water cooled heads, six
cylinder boxer. Four valves per cylinder. Over 800 bhp.
4 speeds plus reverse. Straight-cut non-synchronized gears.
Vented dual circuit discs with dual calipers.
Top Speed - over 240 miles per hour.
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