In 1972 Porsche started applying turbocharging in its racing cars. And when you dive into the history of the turbocharged road-cars, you notice that it only took a year for Porsche to implement that technology into them. Porsche unveiled the first road Porsche 911 Turbo at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show. From then on, the Porsche 911 Turbo has always been the parade horse of the 911 series. Johnny Tipler, author of over 40 automotive books and a notorious Porsche lover, tells us the story of the air-coole turbocharged Porsche 911s in his new book : “Porsche aircooled Turbos 1974 – 1996”.
The author has a typical style of writing, that makes it a pleasant read. The book takes off with an introduction of the history of the turbocharged Porsches. In a following chapter, Tipler describes the 911 Turbo antecedents : the Porsche 911 2.1 RSR Turbo, the Porsche 934 and Porsche 935. That includes the one-off Mansour Ojjeh street-legal Porsche 935. All these cars fostered the Porsche 930, the internal name of the Porsche 911 Turbo.
What makes this book exceptional is that Johnny Tipler traveled all over Europe to visit events ad have a ride in each and every model of the aircooled Porsche 911 Turbo, including race-cars, that are described in the book. His driving experiences of the Porsche 930, the Porsche 964 Turbo and the Porsche 993 Turbo are described with much detail. His partner in crime, Antony Fraser, is responsible for a majority of the 300 colour pictures that illustrate “Porsche aircooled Turbos 1974 – 1996”.
Even though each model series has its own table with technical specification, there are some small disadvantages that do not facilitate the reading. The text is peppered with lots lots of technical information. That makes reading sometimes a bit difficult. Johnny Tipler interviewed Klaus Ludwig, Jochen Mass and Nick Heidfeld. These legends tell the reader how they experienced the turbo-charged Porsche 911s. The foreword is by Alois Ruf.