Gear: Is The 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport The Ultimate Front-Engined Porsche Driver's Car?

Is The 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport The Ultimate Front-Engined Porsche Driver’s Car?

By Michael Banovsky
June 22, 2016

Photography by Tim Scott

In case you’re wondering, yes, the price of every “awesome” car has gone up, and that includes previously-unloved Porsches like the plebeian 924. Built to a budget and to slide well beneath the 911 in the lineup, the 924 is a pretty ho-hum car—unless it’s one of the few that Porsche decided to turn into a monster.

Photographer Tim Scott recently took a beautiful set of images on this 1982 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport, a 1-of-15-made car that is draped with more motorsport parts than you can count. Every aspect of the car has been changed, and the—admittedly shortened—list is a long one.

Here’s what makes a 924 Clubsport so desirable: Lightweight body structure with fiberglass body panels and Plexiglass windows, a factory aluminum roll cage, Porsche 935 seats, limited-slip differential, 911 Turbo brakes, 120-litre (31.7 U.S. gallon) fuel tank—and a 280-odd horsepower 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine.

This example had been owned since new by Richard Lloyd, the racing driver, guru, and team manager responsible for so much on-track success. The Clubsport is a fitting car for such a person: the car was now capable of more than 160 mph.

Not bad for a car that originally went on sale with a paltry 95 horsepower and top speed of 120-ish mph. What do you think about the 924 Clubsport?

H/T to Lee Maxted

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Hamish Jordan
Hamish Jordan(@hamish1)
5 years ago

I think it was created as a homologation to enter Le Mans? My father worked for a Porsche dealership in the UK, they had a Porshe Carrera GT, (similar car), on display, George Harrison (Beatles) came in one day wanting to order a GT but they had all been sold, very rare car. It also played a part in the development of the forthcoming 944.

John Stelmach
John Stelmach(@smrfn)
5 years ago

88 944 turbo s and all 944 series after 1988 were 250 hp cars…and 911 turbo brakes…really fast track cars….and then there were the turbo cup series cars…all factory built, street legal race cars..very very nice

5 years ago

Too bad there are only 15 – perhaps it’s the ultimate front-engined Porsche drivers car – but how would anyone ever know? It’s certainly the rarest. I have a 924 n/a and it’s super slow but super fun too.

5 years ago
Reply to  pgl26

ps. great pics!

5 years ago

It’s a mini beast!