Last updated Mar 28, 2009
Porsche Racing Cars 1976 to 2005
"This neat follow-up to Long’s Porsche Racing Cars 1953 to 1975, covers 1976 through to 2005. Like the first book, it doesn’t go into extreme detail but, in some respects, that is quite a good thing because, if that’s what you want, there are numerous books on the market that take a specific model or era and do just that.
At 272-pages, this is more of an overview of Porsche’s racing activities between ’76 and ’05, and there’s plenty to cover in what really was Porsche’s busiest period in international racing.
The book picks up with the 934 and the 935, and then accelerates rapidly as Porsche continues to dominate sports car racing with the 936 and then, of course, with the 956/962 in the ’80s.
Every model in the range in those days had racing potential, as borne out by the 924 Carrera GTS and the 944 GTP racers. Even the humble 924 got turned into a lightweight racer for the American SCCA market, featuring big arches and the familiar 2-litre, slant-four engine running on throttle-body fuel-injection.
The book also covers Porsche’s Indy Car mission – plus, of course, the highly-successful collaboration with TAG and Mclaren in F1 and the not-so-successful F1 collaboration with Arrows in the ’90s. Things tail off a bit from the late ’90s, as Porsche becomes more a manufacturer of customer cars, but the arrival of the RS Spyder in 2005 in sportscar racing is encouraging."
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