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The 944 Goes to the Track

Over 170 drivers and instructors registered to practice their skills at Sebring on the 3.74 mile seventeen-turn road course.  Several 944’s showed up to navigate the same course that hosts the 12-hour IMSA race each March.  The place bleeds motorsports history.

2.0L 924 GT Makes Racing History

In 1980, Porsche declared their intention to go racing with a special version of the 931 called the 924 Carrera GT.  With only 406 examples made for homologation, this rare Porsche had 210 horsepower, Fuchs wheels and a five-speed transaxle.  The front fenders are the same as were used on the 944 when introduced in 1983 with flares on the  outside of the rear fenders to accommodate wider track.

924 vs 944: Engine

One of the biggest differences between the engines and therefore the two models is how the engine is mounted in the front subframe. The 944 engine mounts into an aluminum crossmember – the one that also mounts the front control arms and the steering rack. The 944 engine sits on top of the crossmember on two mounts.

924 ITB: Update

It seems that when Audi designed the 2.0L engine for the 924 and other cars of the early and mid seventies, they decided that strength was important. So, the crankshaft and connecting rods are all forged, not cast. That instills a lot of confidence in this little engine as far as longevity.