Porsche GB To Restore ex-Le Mans 924
Porsche Classic Centre Partners will restore a 924 Carrera GT that raced at Le Mans in 1980…
Porsche’s classic car restoration arm, Porsche Classic Centre Partners, is to restore a 924 Carrera GT that last turned a wheel in anger thirty-five years ago. The 924 was part of an international three car team with each wearing distinctive liveries based on national flags. This particular machine, car two, was the British entry driven by Tony Dron and Andy Rouse, the duo finished the 24 Hours in 12th place.
Having been mothballed in the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart since 1980, the car has now arrived in the UK at the request of Porsche Cars GB, where its restoration will commemorate 40-years of Porsche ‘transaxle’ cars. It will be restored by skilled technicians at Porsche Classic Partner Centres, of which there are four in the UK located in Glasgow, Hatfield, Leeds and Swindon, each will play a part in the restoration process. Glasgow will work on the suspension, brakes and wheels; Hatfield will take on the gearbox and drivetrain; Leeds will work on the electrics and radiator plumbing; and Swindon will breathe new life into the 924’s engine.
Finally Road and Race Restorations in Manchester, a Porsche Recommended Body Repairer, will complete the project by restoring its bodywork and interior. The Porsche Classic department at the factory will be responsible for supplying all of the parts and technical support required during the rebuild. It’s planned that the restored machine will attend events such as Goodwood Festival of Speed, Silverstone Classic and Classics at the Castle, and will go on display at the Porsche Centres involved in its rebuild.
924 Carrera GT Racer
The 924 Carrera GT that raced at Le Mans took as its basis the 210hp 924 Carrera GT road car. A production Carrera GT bodyshell was stiffened with the addition of a roll-cage, and the exterior bodywork was given new lightweight plastic panels. These improved the car’s aerodynamics and helped shroud wide 11-inch front and 12-inch wide rear wheels. The suspension both front and rear was reworked, with Bilstein gas dampers and the rear torsion bars supplemented with coil springs. The driveshafts were lifted from the 935 also made of titanium.
Under the bonnet the VW-based 1,984cc turbocharged in-line four-cylinder engine was reworked too; the KKK turbocharger was moved to the left side of the engine, and the intercooler increased in size and moved to the front. Bosch/Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection replaced the production specification K-Jetronic, and dry-sump lubrication ensured consistent oil supply under racing loads.
All this raised the power output by 50% to 320hp while weight was reduced from 1,180kg to 930kg. For a Le Mans racer, so the car’s top speed rose to 180mph; large ventilated and cross-drilled brake discs (borrowed from the 917) were employed to slow the cars after the Mulsanne Straight.