A Porsche 904 GTS driven by Walter Rohrl is the ultimate expression of old-school motoring
by Dim Angelov, on June 10, 2021, 18:00
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.
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).
|Power||180 HP @ 7,200 RPM|
|Torque||144.5 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM|
|0 to 60 mph||6.0 seconds|
|Top Speed||163 mph|
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.
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.