Parabolica Press's second book—Turbo 3.0—dives deep into the development, production and mystique behind the three years of Porsche's 3.0-liter Turbo produced from 1975 to 1977. The book continues the theme of being carefully researched using the Porsche factory archives, private collections, period documentation and intensive study. In an attempt to cover everything an owner, restorer, historian or enthusiast would want to know about the dawn of Porsche’s turbocharged supercar, the Turbo 3.0 book includes a considerable amount of material never before published. For example: comprehensive discussions of original options, close-up photos of key details, scenes from factory production, coverage of special one-off models and period motorsports. This exhaustive volume not only covers the privateer racing exploits of the 3.0-liter Turbo, but also the development of production-based turbocharged race cars by examining the Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14 and Turbo RSR 934/934.5. Additionally, it includes interviews with factory engineers, development drivers and racing pilots involved with the development of Porsche's original Turbo. This is the definitive book about the immortal 3.0-liter Turbo and it is essential reading for anyone who has ever owned, driven or simply lusted after Porsche's first supercar.
- Limited Edition / 2,500 copies (compare)
- 536 pages / hardcover with slipcase
- 1,508 photos: 1,113 color, 315 B&W, 60 illustrations (745 never before published)
- 10 ¾ × 12 ¾ inches (27.3 × 32.4 cm) / 11.25 lbs (5.1 kg)
- Author: Ryan Snodgrass
- Art Director: Richard Baron
- Cover Art: Guy Allen
- Retail Price: $395 USD (excluding tax/duty/shipping)
- Estimated European Price: 399 EUR (including VAT/duty)
- Published: August 2018 by Parabolica Press
- ISBN: 978-0-9962682-4-0
- Errata Available
Turbo 3.0 Table of Contents
- Turbocharging Roots
- Evolution of forced induction
- Engineering development
- How turbochargers work
- Porsche Turbo Arrives
- Turbo 3.0 unveiling
- Performance data Production numbers
- Engine development
- Turbocharger system
- Rolling Chassis
- Suspension development
- Wheels and tires
- Production process
- Flares, tails and equipment
- Paint colors
- Seats, belts and trim
- Upholstery development and materials
- Driver controls and accessories
- Special Models
- Motor Show introductions
- Style Porsche Studio specials
- Carrera RSR Turbo 2.14
- Privateer Turbo 3.0 racing
- 934/934.5 development
- Homologation paperwork
- Delivery items
- Tool kits
- Owner’s manuals
- Technical/service publications
- Marketing material
- Production Data
- Production records
- Assembly line changes
- Photo Credits
I’ve had Ryan Snodgrass’s new Turbo 3.0 book for a couple of weeks and I’m still not even half way through the material - simply incredible! I confess that I previewed some of the chapters in advance during draft reviews but when it arrived, I was astounded just how much material I had not seen before and how well it is organized. Chapters begin with awe-inspiring glossy photo prints that hint at the mind boggling material inside. This is no ordinary book with chapters that include part and publication reference numbers that will have 3 liter Turbo owners (or potential future buyers) pulling it off the shelf as “the” ultimate reference source in months and years to come. The exhaustive production record section includes details of every 3-liter Turbo ever made. As an example, if you wonder (like I did) just how many 3-liter Turbos had light red interiors, you can find it here…just do the research yourself with the production record section and then go for a deep dive in the interior section with never before seen details of the leather color and fabrics. For those who wisely purchase the Publisher’s edition, the Turbo 3.0 card/thumb drive and special book supplement by itself is worth the price of admission; but of course, like everything else about this book, there is so much more!
I had the opportunity to examine the first copy of Ryan's latest book , the Turbo 3.0. The Turbo book exceeds the already remarkable benchmark set by his Carrera 2.7 book by a significant margin. He tells the story of the 930 Turbo in exacting detail, from Porsche's first work with turbocharging and the early prototypes through series production (and ongoing changes) to the 934 and 934.5 race cars. It should become an indispensable resource for the collector, restorer and enthusiast and it is absolutely beautiful to behold. The production quality is to (Porsche) museum standards.
Here is the clincher: the book includes a listing of every 3 liter Turbo produced by chassis number with original colors and factory equipment. Absolutely mind-blowing. I can't imagine that any single marque/model book will ever attain or exceed this level of excellence. It will without question become the standard reference work for the 3 liter 930 (and for the cars that followed), and is destined to become one of the true Porsche essentials. Seriously it's that good. BTW it weighs ten pounds.
I thought the 2.7 Carrera book was amazing. But the 3.0 Turbo book knocks it right out of the park! I cannot believe the detail that went into everything from cover to cover. I have a Turbo 3.0 and looked it up it all the information was right there! I have about 50 + books on Porsche this one is right at the top of the list. I have never seen such an exhaustive amount of research go into a book on a particular model such as this. Truly unbelievable!
Once again, Ryan has been doing an outstanding job describing the Porsche Turbo 3.0 in historical perspective as well as in every possible technical detail.
Ryan choses the same structure as in his superbly done Carrera 2.7 publication. I could not imagine any book on any Porsche whatsoever that brings more background and details to life. It doesn't lack any kind of information that one wishes to obtain on an early turbo - there is nothing comparable on the market, which makes the publication THE reference book for the early Turbo.
Can't wait for Ryan to embark on a new project (which I am sure he's already contemplating).
Three thumbs up, Georg
What an amazing book. Such a great compliment to the Carrera 2.7 book. A must have for any turbo enthusiast. I only purcHsed it because of how nice the Carrera book was and I knew that it would be a great resource for my 76-77 Carrera 3.0’s with respect to many similarities on body and interior options. Only complaint is that it’s so nice and so big that I was too worried of damaging it while reading. No suggestions on how to have addressed this. Great job!
Just received and already on the top of my Porsche books collection next to the 2.7 Carrera. Design, printing, layout, photos and fantastic research.
Well done to Ryan Snodgrass and his team, you've done again.
Any hints on the next one ?
Best regards from the South of France.
Congratulations Ryan ! Awesome insights to the 930 Turbo for simple mortals like me. Tremendeous work and analysis provided. Unmatched !
Also, as caretaker of the Le Mans 1975 class winning 930 Turbo (chapter 8 "Racing"), it was a tremendeous honour for me to work with Ryan on exchanging knowledge and pure enthusiasm.
Thank you Ryan !
The quality of the printing and writing and research Ryan has undertaken for this book are phenomenal... it is a standout publication and I cannot recommend it highly enough...
Book arrived a couple weeks ago. Gorgeous graphics and color on the binding and slip case....book just "feels" great. Well organized with generous factory archival and private contributor developement and production photos. The option and color/trim sections are complete and again with great color and graphics. As a concours judge I appreciated how well organized and complete the tool kit section was. A wonderful book that is visually pleasing and exhaustive in it's detail information. THE definitive reference for the 3.0 Turbo series.
The quality and content of this book are superlative. There is not a detail missed in what has to be the ultimate source for an iconic car. A book no collection should be without. You won't be disappointed.