UPDATE: MORE VIDEO – Porsche 935 K3 – Apple’s iPorsche – Tribute to Steve Jobs

11 Nov

Porsche 935 K3 – Apple

This is  the Apple Computer that car raced at the 1980 Le Mans 24hrs by Allan Moffat for Dick Barbour Racing. Driven by Bobby Rahal, Allan Moffet & Bob Garretson.

Unfortunately they retired after 11hrs with a melted piston. Later that year Rahal and Garretson, along with veteran Brian Redman won the Daytona 24 Hours. Allan Moffat later drove a Mazda RX 7 at Le Mans and finished 14th in 1982.

Before Bobby Rahal raced in the CART series and started Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (the team which builds and races the ALMS 90 and 92 BMW M3s), he drove a Porsche 935 sponsored by Apple Computers.

The Porsche 935 K3 was third in a line of 935 variants developed by Kremer Racing, the Kremer 3 (K3) had a twin-turbocharged, 3.2 litre flat six motor producing upwards of 740 to 800bhp.

But power alone would not be enough to battle the factory built 935’s so Kremer Racing focused on shedding weight. They replaced the factory fitted air-to-water intercooler with an air-to-air intercooler, replaced body panels with light weight composites, and made over 100 other upgrades.

All these changes are thought to have only given the K3 935 a 1% performance increase over their factory built counterparts but thats all that was needed. The 935 finally had its worthy adversary.

Porsche 935 Turbo K3 Apple Computer Livery – Flames and Accelerations Sound

The history of the Porsche 935 K3 version was a hit. Klaus Ludwig won in 1979 almost all the races leading DRM championship and the 24 hour race at Le Mans. That the Kremer Brothers great rewards: In 1980 there were as many as 10 K3’s to the start of the famous 24-hour race. This reason partially in Group 5 and IMSA GTX partly in the class. This car of Dick Barbour fell after 11 hours with a broken piston, his teammate won the class.

The K3 version of the Porsche 935 was a fantastic car. After Ludwig DRM and won the Le Mans in 1979, the Kremer brothers sold lots of K3’s. In 1980 no less then 10 competed at Le Mans. This one retired with a broken piston after 11 hours.

Auto / Car: Porsche 935 K3 # 71

Chassis: 930 009 0030 (Porsche)

Engine / Engine: Porsche 6-cylinder boxer / flat 6 to 3.0 turbo

Wheels / tires: goodyear

Team: Dick Barbour Racing ()

Riders / Drivers: Bobby Rahal () / Bob Garretson () / Allan Moffat ()

Race: 24 hours / 1980 hours Le Mans

Class / Class: GT IMSA GT

Qualification / Qualifying: 14th – 3min 56.100 sec

Result: out valen / DNF – 134 rounds / laps

Porsche 934/5 gegen Porsche 935 K3 beim OGP

Porsche 934 / 5 against Porsche 935 K3. Since the approval of the Group 5 race cars is the tip of the Rennnen “Revival German Racing Championship” firmly in the hands of the Porsche Turbo of the late 70s.
At the poles it’s Chris Steel is 934 / 5 which first unleashed against someone like Klaus Ludwig driving in ’81 Kremer K3 and K3 Armin Zumtobel another in the cold. There is a battle against the Porsche 935 K3 by Zumtobel follows from the video shows the first five rounds.

Riverside Raceway in April of 1980…Photos by digitaldtour


LATEST UPDATE : In regards to the  Porsche Apple 935 , I heard a COPY of the Apple 935 is currently running in Europe.

 Apparently the owner does not tell people the car is a copy. It is basically a tube frame car with a real 935 motor but that is it. And not sure , but appears the copy of Apple 935 is not running in Europe, something happened to it..

Here is Roger Bolinger’ Mighty 700hp Pontiac TRANS AM chasing the Apple 935 copy around the track. Stay with the video…!


History as the Apple 935
009 00030 as the Apple 935

3/22/80 Sebring 12 Hours #9 Garretson, Rahal & Nierop 7th overall Grid:12th
4/27/80 Rverside 5 Hours #9 “ “ 2nd Grid:4th
6/15/80 Le Mans 24 #71 “ “ Moffat DNF-piston Grid:14th
7/6/80 Watkins Glen 6 hrs #71 “ “ Barth 38th DNF Pole
7/27/80 Sears Point #9 Rahal 2nd Grid:3rd
8/17/80 Mosport 6 Hours #9 Garretson “ 25th DNF Grid:2nd
8/31/80 Rd. Amer 500 mls #9 “ “ 3rd Grid:2nd



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35 responses to “UPDATE: MORE VIDEO – Porsche 935 K3 – Apple’s iPorsche – Tribute to Steve Jobs

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    Nice article, and appreciate you including some of my photos in your article.

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