#02007 NSU Thurner RS (Germany, 1969)

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Deutsch

Bayerisches Kleinod

In der bayerischen Gemeinde Bernbeuren entstanden ab 1969 zweisitzige Sportflitzer, die unter dem Namen NSU-Thurner RS bekannt wurden. Hinter diesen Autos stand die Firma Rudolf Thurner, Karosseriebau & Sportwagen. Insider verbanden mit dem Namen des Inhabers eine Präsenz im Autorennsport seit 1959, zuletzt in der Klasse Formel 3.

 

Der gelernte Versicherungskaufmann Rudolf Thurner träumte jedoch neben dem rennfahren auch von der Produktion eines eigenen Sportflitzers und präsentierte 1968 erstmals seinen fertigen Prototyp. Optisch glich der Wagen den ganz großen Rennern der Motorsportszene – eine flache Erscheinung mit lang gestreckter Schnauze, kurzem Heck und als Highlight Flügeltüren. In der kleinen Automanufaktur machten sich insgesamt sechs Mitarbeiter ab 1969 daran, die Sportwagen mit den markanten Flügeltüren zu montieren und vor allem die Karosserie selbst anzufertigen. Diese entstand aus Glasfaserverstärktem Kunststoff (GFK) und wurde auf einem Stahlrohrrahmen fixiert. Als Frontscheibe griffen die Mechaniker auf das serienmäßige Teil aus dem Porsche 904 zurück. Die gesamte Konstruktion wog – in erster Linie bedingt durch die leichte Kunststoffhaut – lediglich 670 Kg. Dieses Leichtgewicht gepaart mit den 65 PS, die der luftgekühlte NSU-Vierzylinder abgab, versprach schon eine Menge Fahrspaß und das war es genau, was auch der NSU-Thurner vermitteln wollte. Als Tribut an das knapp 180 km/h schnelle Leichtgewicht musste der Fahrer in Kauf nehmen, dass es im Innenraum sehr laut war. Vor allem wenn der Motor auf Touren kam, stieg die Lautstärke auf fast 100 dB. Dieser Lärmpegel machte natürlich eine Unterhaltung während einer sportlichen Fahrt nahezu unmöglich. Dessen ungeachtet bekam der bayerische Flügeltürer eine Straßen-zulassung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und war anfangs für 12.700 DM zu bekommen, was an der Schwelle zu den 1970er Jahren ein durchaus stattlicher Betrag für ein Auto war. Der Einstieg in das Thurner-Fahrerlebnis wuchs schließlich auf 15.600 DM.

 

Insgesamt verließen 124 Exponate das kleine Werk. Von diesen Autos entstanden 121 Stück in herkömmlicher RS-Optik, drei Fahrzeuge mit verbreiterter Karosserie und im Jahr 1971 wurde auch ein Exemplar als reinrassiger Bergrenner mit Überrollbügel und 125 PS Einspritz-NSU Motor auf die Räder gestellt. Vielleicht wären es noch mehrere Autos geworden, doch 1974 stellte Rudolf Thurner die Produktion ein.

    

English

Bavarian Gem

From 1969, in the Bavarian community Bernbeuren, two-seated sports cars were manufactured, which were known under the name NSU Thurner RS. The company Rudolf Thurner, Karosseriebau & Sportwagen was standing behind these cars. Insiders are connecting with the name of the owner a presence in motor racing since 1959, recently in the Formula3.

 

The skilled insurance salesman named Rudolf Thurner was also dreaming of a production of an own sports car, alongside of racing, and in 1968 was presenting his finished prototype for the first time. The car optically resembled the popular racers of the motorsport scene – a flat appearance with an elongated muzzle, a short rear and gullwing doors as a highlight. A total of six employees were working in the small car manufactory to install sports cars with distinctive gullwing doors and especially were producing the car body by themselves. This was made of glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFK) and was fixed on a tubular steel frame. For the windscreen, the mechanics were falling back on a standard part of the Porsche 904. The total construction was weighting only 670 kg - primarily because of the light plastic skin. This lightweight paired with 65 hp, powered with an air-cooled four-cylinder-engine, was promising a lot of driving pleasure and that it was exactly what NSU Thurner wanted to convey. As a tribute on the fast lightweight of nearly 180 km/h, the driver had to accept, that it was very loud in the interior. Especially when the engine warmed up, the volume climbed to nearly 100 dB. This noise level made of course a conversation during the sporty driving nearly impossible. Nevertheless, the Bavarian gullwing sports car received a road approval in Germany and could be obtained for 12.700 German Mark at the beginning, which was a respectable amount for a car on the eve of the 1970s. Finally the entry into the Thurner-driving experience grew to 15.600 German Mark.

 

124 Thurner cars were leaving the small plant in total. 121 pieces were produced in conventional RS-optics, three with a wider car body, and one model was set on its wheels as a thoroughbred mountain racer with roll bars and fuel-injected NSU-engine, sized at 125 hp. Maybe there would have been even more cars, but in 1974 Rudolf Thurner stopped production.

Italiano

Gioiello Bavarese

Nel 1969, nella piccola cittadina Bavarese di Bernbeuren,  furono costruite delle vetture sportive a due posti, conosciute sotto il nome di NSU Thurner RS.  L’azienda di Rudolf Thurner; Karosseriebau & Sportwagen si celava dietro la creazione di questa vettura:  Gli addetti ai lavori conoscevano bene il proprietario, dato che era presente nel mondo delle corse Automoblistiche dal 1959, precisamente nella Formula 3.

 

Il Perito venditore di assicurazioni Rudolf Thurner sognava la produzione di una sua personale creazione motoristica,  a fianco delle corse; nel 1968 presentò il suo prototipo completo per la prima volta: L’Auto Otticamente ricordava le vetture sportive più famose sulla scena del motorsport; piatta e con un musetto allungato, un posteriore corto e come chicca l’apertura delle porte ad ali di Gabbiano. Un gruppo di sei Impiegati in totale lavoravano nella piccola fabbrica di autovetture per produrre le auto sportive con le loro distintive porte ad ali di gabbiano; producendo in maniera autonoma il corpo vettura; prodotto in vetroresina rinforzata con della plastica, (detta anche VTR o GFK in Tedesco, da Glasfaserverstärkter Kunststoff), per il parabrezza, I meccanici lo fecero far cadere all’indietro come visto sulla leggendaria Porsche 904; in totale la vettura pesava solo 670 KG, principalmente per la sua carrozzeria in vetroresina; il peso piuma era accompagnato da 65 CV, spinti da un motore raffreddato ad aria a Quattro cilindri; promettendo un grande piacere di guida, esattamente quello che la NSU Thurner voleva trasmettere. Come prezzo da pagare sulla velocissima peso piuma che raggiunge quasi I 180 km/h, il pilota doveva accettare il grande rumore dentro l’abitacolo; specialmente quando il motore si surriscaldava; raggiungendo quasi I 100 dB (Decibel); questo grado di rumore rendeva quasi impossibile avere una conversazione durante la guida sportiveggante; Tuttavia la Sportiva Bavarese ad Ali di Gabbiano ricevette l’approvazione per l’omologazione in Germania e poteva esser comprata per 12.700 Marchi Tedeschi al lancio, un prezzo rispettabile per un’automobile all’alba degli anni 70; infine l’entrata per l’esperienza di guida Thurner aumentò fino a 15.600 Marchi Tedeschi.

 

124 Thurner lasciarono la piccola fabbrica in totale; 121 furono prodotte con l’usuale otttica RS, tre con un passo vettura allungato ed un modello fu realizzato per le corse in montagna con rollbar e un motore NSU da 125 CV; ne potevano esser realizzate molte altre, ma nel 1974 Rudolf Thurner Stoppò la Produzione.



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