Porsche 934 RSR "Jaegermeister" by Exoto

Porsche 934 RSR "Jagermeister" by Exoto

For 1976, the World of Sportscar racing was split into several categories called Groups 1-6. Group 6 was for out and out sports prototypes, while group 5 cars were loosely based on roadgoing cars, but were permitted to have huge wings and extensive modifications to their bodywork (such as extra large wings/fenders to accommodate wide tires). Group 4 cars had to have the same exterior dimensions and wings that the roadgoing equivalent car had, and 400 roadgoing cars were required to be built to homologate a group 4 car. In Porsche's case, their group 4 car was based on the new 930 (or more commonly known as the 911 Turbo) which was introduced in 1975 with a 3 litre (later a 3.3 litre) flat six turbocharged engine. Hence the car was known as the 934, as it was based on the 930 and was for group 4 racing.

Porsches have always tended to be winners on the race track, and this car proved to be no exception. In 1976, Porsche dominated groups 4-6 in sportscar racing, with the 934, 935 and the 936. This car with it's distinctive "Jagermeister" sponsorship livery was entered in the 4th round of the 1976 World Sportscar Championship at the Nürburgring in Germany. In this 1000km race, the 934 proved highly successful, taking a win in the group 4 class. This car, entered by German Porsche dealer Max Moritz, finished third in group 4, but it's sister car, the No.25 Jagermeister 934 (also made by Exoto as part of a twin set with a Jagermeister 935) finished 1st in the group 4 category. Another 934 finished in-between the two Jagermeister cars.

Exoto did a great job with this model, it is just superb! The orange paintwork and race car graphics look fantastic, and the model is extremely well made and highly detailed (which you would expect given it's high retail price!). The fat racing Dunlop tires sit on lovely BBS rims with a centre locking nut holding them onto the axle stubs. A wrench is supplied with the model allowing you to undo the nut and take off the wheel (a first for a 1:18th model as far as I'm aware, although the Exoto 935 Porsche also has this feature). This enables you to have a good look at the brake disc and caliper behind each wheel which of course look superb! Like all 911 variants, especially the Turbo's, you do not get a good view of the engine through the rear engine cover, mainly due to the large intercooler sitting on top of the engine. But when you look from below you get a superb view of the highly detailed flat six, complete with longitudinal gearbox, trailing arm rear suspension, heat blued exhausts and the turbocharger.

Up front in what would be the luggage area on the roadgoing car, there is a huge racing fuel tank, across which are several cross braces intended to give the chassis extra torsional strength, and thereby improve the handling of the car. The interior is quite plain (as it is on the real car, and indeed as it is in most 911's of the 1970's) but has the correct racing drivers seat together with a full racing harness. A large silver knob is found on the dashboard, which allowed the driver to adjust the turbo's boost pressure, and hence the power of the engine. Higher turbo boost increased power but reduced fuel economy (important in endurance racing). The car also has a full interior roll cage as well. One of the nicest racing Porsches in my collection.

Front quarter view

Rear quarter view

Close up of front BBS alloy wheel

Front compartment with large capacity fuel tank

Interior detail (note the silver turbo boost adjustment knob on the dashboard)

Engine detail