The Porsche 934.5 Wings Into Our Hearts
The Porsche 934.5 is an odd duck. With its strange name and even stranger looks it doesn’t exactly elicit the same kind of emotional lust or name recognition as its late 1970’s contemporaries. But then, it wasn’t built to. The singular purpose for which the 934.5 was crafted was to dominate the race tracks of the day. It was here that this odd duck turned into a track-ruling, competitor-crushing, legend-creating swan.
How exactly did someone come up with this weird and prototypically ’70s Porsche? If you’d like to create one for yourself, simply start with one part Porsche 934 and add in a pinch of Porsche 935. Mix and serve immediately. The 934.5 is the bridge between these two racing models—a portmanteau if you will—of two incredibly successful 1970s race cars.
It all started with the 1976 Porsche 934, which was the racing version of the first 911 Turbo (code-named 930). The “4” in the racing car’s name comes from the fact that the 934 was built to compete in Group 4 of the FIA championship. Obviously, all of the engineering team’s creativity was spent making the car go faster. It worked too—the 934 took both the European GT championship and the Trans-Am championship during its inaugural season.