Porsche 924 GTP – The LeMans Racer
While most of us sing and bask in the glory of the 911, The Porsche lineup at times is responsible for producing some unique cars. The 924 was designed as a commissionable project for Volkswagen and as a successor for the hugely unpopular and not-so-good-looking Porsche 914. When VW dropped the idea entirely, Porsche bought full rights and introduced the car as their very own in 1976. The Porsche 924 was unique to the Porsche lineup, as it was the first car ever to come out of the German carmaker’s factory to have a water-cooled, front-mounted engine. Between 1976 and 1988, the Porsche 924 sold over 150,000 units helping the company sail financially difficult times. 2016 marks the 40-year anniversary of the 924, for which Porsche has decided to bring out one special example and give it the best treatment that it always deserved.
The Porsche 924 in question is Porsche’s factory-backed 924 GTP that raced in the 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans. After the race, the 924 GTP Prototype 002 remained untouched and went into hibernation in the very condition it raced, into the Porsche museum collection and had been there ever since. When Porsche Cars Great Britain unlocked the car out of it’s hideout, the 924 still held all its proud battle scars from the Le Mans races more than thirty-five years ago.
During it’s hay day, the Porsche 924 was a reasonable choice for someone who was looking for a lightweight sports car that had decent overall performance with day-to-day practicality. The 924 featured an Audi-sourced 2.0-litre inline-four cylinder engine that powered the rear wheels via a rear-mounted transaxle, providing a 53:47 weight distribution. While the original 924 was somewhat disregarded by Porsche-evangelists for its lack of outright power, the Porsche 924 Turbo introduced in 1979 cured the issue by upping the power output, getting a nod of approval from brand’s fans.