Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, BBi Autosport’s Pikes Peak Porsche 911 Turbo

The BBi turbo cup car dominated the time attack class and would have come in second overall beating the super trick hill climb specific open-wheel monsters that are built specifically for Pikes Peak.

Piloted by French driver Raphael Astier, The BBi car rocked up the mountain with a time of 9.23.721 which was probably at least 20 seconds faster than our predicted time.  There was probably no way our car could have closed that sort of gap!

Lucy’s time is also the fastest time a Porsche has even been up the mountain beating all of the Porsche factory records!  What is the most impressive thing is that this effort is fairly low buck as far as race car builds go, with basically an off the shelf cup car and a sturdy but mild turbo motor! It was not so much the hardware but the setup and the expertise put into the build by BBi that made this effort pay off. The fact that this car went straight from the shop to the winner’s circle with no testing is a testament to BBi’s car crafting skill. We will be working hard this year to be able to run with Lucy again and we are sure that BBi Autosport will be working hard to refine Lucy as well.  It should be interesting.

If you want to check out BBi’s video on the build and car, here it is!



BBi Autosport



  1. The power steering pump is actually a generic TRW item.
    No need to buy the $$$ Porsche Motorsport item if You wish to adapt it in any other car.
    I know, I have installed a few.

    Opel/Vauxhall part no 93179569.

      1. Looks to be, yes.
        Works great, basically needs two wires to run.

        OEM Numbers: 5948009, 5948001, 5948127, 5948128, 93188235, 93188236, 13105726, 24436412.
        TRW part no: JER100 or JER108 (difference is in connectors, which are anyway useless for a custom install)

          1. Twist is right about that one. Also used on most rally cars, and can be used on just about anything really. They are abundant over here in Europe.

        1. This is GREAT info. I remember the Pro Awesome guys were telling us about an alternative part number for the Porsche Motorsports pump that they used on their Evo and was a fraction of the cost. Thank you for sharing the part numbers!!!

          1. Keep in mind that the pressure hose needs to have an O-ring at the end of it.
            I have used the original fitting from the Opel pipe, because those are max 5€ at the wrecking yard and readily available.
            It seem that Speedflow 741-06, Earls 961955ERL or 991955ERL will also fit.

            I wouldn’t recommend trying to seal it with just a washer.

  2. Is there any inherent limitation in using a strut front suspension or can you still get good performance from it? I guess that it performs just fine if Porsche has stuck with it all these years, but strut = economy to me.

    1. The biggest problem is the lack of negative camber gain under compression so it is possible to gain positive camber under roll. However, there are a lot of high-end performance cars that have strut front suspension. It is interesting to note that the 911 GT3RSR has unequal length a-arms in the front now.

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