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Porsche 924 General Information

This car was a curious entry. It was driven occasionally by Walter Röhrl in the German championship and a couple ERC events in 1981. And it was quite often driven by Jürgen Barth, who coincidentally was a Porsche engineer. This doesn't mean Porsche did any development on the car, Barth was a hobby rally driver who just happened to work at Porsche for his day job. The car didn't see a great deal of tuning either.

It was nevertheless an interesting car. The 924 is usually regarded as the most boring car Porsche ever made. In its base road car version it is meant to attract less rich Porsche fans and uses a 125BHP Audi engine. But then they started to do something based on the sleek 924 design. First there was a 924 Turbo (931) from 1978, that already was used in some rallies. However things became really interesting in 1981 with the creation of the Carrera GT (937) and its "Evo" variants Carrera GTS & Carrera GTR. Though it is hard to explain the point of these 3 versions. Generally, despite the lack of "Turbo" in the names, these cars were turbo charged and further developments from the earlier 924 Turbo (931). The GTR we can forget as it was never homologated in a rally class, only 17 were ever built and mainly used for Le Mans. The GT & GTS were both road versions. However the GTS had more power - 245BHP in road trim, which is 35BHP up on the road GT and at the same time only 25BHP down on the fully rally tuned group4 version, meaning the group4 engine should be quite reliable. GTS and GTR versions could both be identified from the more civil GT by having a bigger intercooler air scoop on the left side of the bonnet as well as very characteristical headlights under a glass cover where normal 924 models would have pop up lights.

It was still never meant to be a main rally car. That role was clearly with the 911 in its many variations. The 924 stayed a rare sight on rally stages too. But it somehow was a different sight, where the 911 was nearly the norm on asphalt rallies. And incredibly despite its back seat role, there were two 924 Carrera GTS even works built and registered: S-EK 2805 was handed to the French Alméras team (and re-registered 4171 SG 34) while S-EK 8747 was handed to unemployed Walter Röhrl (through Audi tuner Konrad Schmidt) for a 1981 German championship program, unusual car in a distinct Gold metallic paint job for sponsor Monnet Cognac.

Hmm, maybe it is me. A personal note by the author:

I will run into arguments with everyone who likes Porsches, but I just get so bored with the 911 design in all its generations, 901, 930, 964, 993, 996, 997, 991, and especially the later generations (from 964 onwards for me) still have the same old silhouette but somehow miss the classic character. Things have been made worse even trying to apply the 911 design scheme to an off roader that can't go off road (Cayenne) and a 4-door beach whale (Panamera). To me this is just making a mockery of the original 911. For compensation for the many Porsche fans: I do utterly love the rear engine 6-cylinder boxer layout (just again water cooling washes down the sensation a bit). Just I wish to see Porsche try something different. In design (not its engine) I would prefer a 928 any time to any 911. And while I know I have now severely upset anyone who likes Porsche, I do believe all Porsche fans will agree with me that Röhrl's Golden 937 was a sight to behold, very different for a Porsche, yet clearly a Porsche, a stunner that would stick to your mind for some time.

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Porsche 924 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Porsche 924 931 Turbo (78-81) 200 0 4320.1685.1270 0 (0) RWD (2400)
Porsche 924 937 Carrera GTS (81-83) 270/6800 0 4320.1735.1270 1129 (4.2) RWD (2400)

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Porsche 924 Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
10th. 1982 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Barth R. Kußmaul #25 [UNKNOWN] 9:09:46
19th. 1980 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Barth R. Kußmaul #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Barth R. Kußmaul #40 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Porsche 924 Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1981 WRC Bandama Rallye M. Hoepfner . "Biche" #12 [UNKNOWN] SS6 distributor
Ret. 1981 WRC Bandama Rallye J. Trintignant J. Delaval #22 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1981 WRC Tour de Corse J. Almeras C. Tilber #19 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1981 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Barth R. Kußmaul #32 [UNKNOWN] SS99 gearbox
Ret. 1979 WRC Safari Rally J. Barth R. Kußmaul #20 [UNKNOWN] SS70 transmission