Page 1 of 2 Next >> There are various reasons why manufacturers go racing. Improving the breed is of course the most noble, but more often it is to try and sell more cars. It was most certainly a case of the latter when Porsche showed a racing version of the 924 Turbo at the 1979 IAA in Frankfurt. Dubbed the 'Carrera' and painted white, it featured a flared body and a hood scoop. The shape of the concept car would form the basis for a limited run of homologation specials.
Porsche's racing engineers developed both the road going homologation special and the racing car side by side. The 924 Carrera GT road was based on the 924 Turbo, but was widened and lightened considerably. By boosting the Turbo-pressure and the compression, the blown four cylinder engine produced an impressive 210 bhp. Production of the 400 examples required started in August of 1980 and despite the high price and the fact that it was available in black, red or silver, they sold like hot cakes. The 924 had always been praised for its great handling and with the additional power and wider track, it was a proper road racer.
While the Carrera GT was still under development, the first racing cars were already assembled at Weissach. Although not yet fully homologated, three 924 racing cars were prepared for that year's Le Mans race. Compared to the Carrera GT, the new racing car featured an even wider body with four large headlights designed for racing in the dark at Le Mans. The engine was further developed and equipped with a massive nose-mounted intercooler and Kugelfischer Fuel Injection system. The Turbo pressure was almost doubled resulting in a staggering 320 bhp. Further lightening brought the weight well down to 945 kg from the 1180 of the road car. Page 1 of 2 Next >>