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Walter Rohrl Makes the Porsche 904 Dance Around The Race Track

A Porsche 904 GTS driven by Walter Rohrl is the ultimate expression of old-school motoring

A Porsche 904 GTS driven by Walter Rohrl is the ultimate expression of old-school motoring

They say a car is only as good as the driver. This is especially true for older cars, which do not have electronic aids. The Porsche 904 is one of those uncompromising sports cars of old days that require a skill far beyond that of the average driver to reveal its true potential. Luckily, such people exist. Rormer racing driver Walter Rohrl is one of them and he recently got reunited with an old Porsche 924 Carrera GTS that he used to race in. Porsche’s official YouTube channel has uploaded a video showing us what happens when a classic sports car meets a very talented driver.

Walter Rohrl Makes the Porsche 904 Dance Around The Race Track
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We start with a brief overview of the car, which is actually a 904/6 GTS. This means it has a flat-six engine, instead of a flat-four. Yes, the 718 is not the first mid-engine Porsche with a flat-four.

In any case, this version of the 904 develops 180 horsepower (134.2 kilowatts) at 7,200 RPM and 144.5 pound-feet (196 Nm) at 5,000 RPM.

In 1964, those were impressive figures, especially considering the 904’s curb weight of 1,410 pounds (640 kg). The car also has a five-speed manual and a limited-slip differential. The 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time is around 6.0 seconds and the top speed – 163 mph (262.3 km/h).

Porsche 904 specifications
Engine flat-six
Power 180 HP @ 7,200 RPM
Torque 144.5 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM
Weight 1,410 lbs
0 to 60 mph 6.0 seconds
Top Speed 163 mph
Walter Rohrl Makes the Porsche 904 Dance Around The Race Track
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The mid-engine classic car requires a skillful driver to unveil its potential
Luckily, Walter Rohrl is more than qualified for the job

After a quick inspection, a very enthusiastic Walter Rohr climbs in and starts the car. The seasoned racing driver takes it relatively easy, while the classic sports car gets up to speed. Both the car and the driver need to “get to know each other” before fully committing.

Once both are up to speed, Rohrl starts demonstrating his talent, by performing smooth corner to corner transitions and showing off his incredible footwork, while heel-toeing. The German pilot is in full attack mode in his Martini Racing jacket.

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The whole footage is accompanied by the obligatory soundtrack of an old flat-six engine. Rohrl manages to both finesse the car and extract as much performance as possible out of the 904/6. He even does a couple of power slides, which look amazing from both the outside and inside the cockpit.

Good camerawork managed to capture the car in all its glory, as well as all driver inputs from the veteran pilot. Both the driver and the 904 GTS prove that great talent and great engineering can easily stand the test of time as you’ll see in the video below.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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