7 Cutaways Of Insane Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft Group 5 Cars

The Deutsche Rennsport Meistershaft (DRM) began in 1972 as a series for standard-issue Touring Cars (not far different than the TCR cars of today), within five years the series had become the playground for some of the most insane race cars to ever hit the track.

Not only was the Porsche 935 eligible, but also silhouette versions of cars like the Ford Capri and Escort, BMW 2002 and 320, and the Lancia Beta Monte Carlo with turbocharged engines developing between 700 to 800 horsepower. To truly appreciate these cars, artists have created cutaways to provide a peak inside these incredible machines.

Addition Of Group 5 Cars

The series began with traditional touring cars – modified versions of their road-going counterparts but sharing much of the same componentry. That all changed in 1977 when Group 5 cars were admitted into the series, making the series better supported with Group 5 cars than the World Championship of Makes for which they had been intended. These fast and spectacular turbocharged cars with wide fender flares,  and enormous wings made a huge impressions on fans and only the skyrocketing costs of developing these monsters, combined with the global fuel crisis, ended their reign.

Faster Than A Formula 1 Car

With their wide slick, liberal suspension rules, and excessive levels of power, these beast were faster than Formula 1 cars of the day. For example, a Porsche 935 out-powered Formula 1 cars at the Circuit Paul Ricard in open testing, passing several on the long Mistral Straight to the amazement of those present.

DRM races were run as two separate contest, each in a sprint format, for Division 1 cars, with engine displacement between 2 to 4 liters, and the Division 2 cars with engines under 2 liter in a sprint format.

Porsche 935 Baby

In an attempt to dominate the under 2 liter category as well as Division 1, Porsche developed the “Baby 935” powered by a 1.7 liter turbocharged flat six. Although it won in its second outing, the car was retired to the Porsche Museum after that race.

Death of the DRM

Here are some of the best cutaway illustrations of these magnificent machines, ranging from early competitors that retained much of their production bodywork to wild machines that shared only the roof with their passenger car counterparts.

 

Division 1 BMW 320 Turbo

Division 2 Champion Zakspeed Escort

Division 1 Lancia Beta Monte Carlo

Division 1 BMW 3.0 CSL

Division 1 Ford Capri RS 2600

Division 1 Porsche 935

Division 1 Zakspeed Ford Capri

About the author

Art Michalik

Art has served in marketing functions at various aftermarket manufacturers, driven in autocross events and in road racing in a car of his own construction, and even managed a world-famous racing school.
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