This Porsche 924 GTP was the only Porsche factory car to ever race at the Le Mans 24 Hours carrying the Union Jack. At the 1980 race the car was driven by British racers Tony Drone and Andy Rouse. Two identical Porsche 924 GTPs were also entered for driver line-ups from the United States and Germany. This was an extensive project for Kingdom Creative, taking over a year to produce as we followed the restoration of this very special car. The car was discovered in a Porsche car storage warehouse in Stuttgart, close to the Porsche Museum, and Porsche GB were given permission to restore it to its original grandeur.
Four UK Porsche Classic centres joined forces to bring this sleeping beauty back to life. Porsche Glasgow set to work on the suspension, wheels and brakes, Porsche Hatfield refreshed the gearbox. Porsche Leeds looked after the new electrics and plumbing, while Porsche Swindon sourced a working period-correct GTP race engine.
2016 marked the fortieth anniversary of Porsche’s transaxle cars, and this GTP is one of the most serious examples. Based on the 210bhp 924 Carrera GT road car, the legendary Norbert Singer led a team to race-prep it, with mods including an aluminium roll cage, plastic panels, titanium springs and driveshafts, and a totally locked differential.
Filming classic car restoration is a passion for us at Kingdom Creative and we were so delighted when this film was nominated for the award of Best Documentary Film 2016 at the prestigious London Motor Film Festival.
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