Modern-day Porsche 935 Makes World Premiere at Rennsport Reunion
2018 continues to be an exciting year for Porsche and its fans, as the marque carries on celebrating its ‘70 years of Porsche Sports Cars’ milestone. Amongst many of the festivities taking place throughout the year, enthusiasts have been treated to the likes of the 919 Hybrid Evo world tour, the 911 Speedster, Project Gold and more discretely, the upcoming 992 generation 911.
As we approach the tail-end of this celebration, Porsche has unveiled another exclusive new car – the Porsche 935 – at the Rennsport Reunion event, taking place at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.
The new 935 is based on the popular 935/78 LM race car from the 1970s which was, given the name ‘Moby Dick’ due to its exterior shape and design – most notably the ‘whale tail’. This reimagined version certainly pays homage to those distinct characteristics, while also serving as the benefactor of modern performance technologies.
At the heart of the car is something from more recent memory – the same 3.8L twin-turbocharged flat-six used in the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2RS. The engine itself remains virtually unchanged for the 935, continuing to produce 700-horsepower to the rear wheels via a 7-speed PDK transmission.
Many of the car’s details are a nod and salute to vehicles from Porsche’s storied motorsport past – both recent and further along. The aerodynamically capped rims mimic those from the 935/78, the LED rear lights on the wing endplates were borrowed from the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car, the side mirrors are the same used on the current 911 RSR, and the exposed titanium tailpipes are a tribute to the 1968 Porsche 908.
“This spectacular car is a birthday present from Porsche Motorsport to fans all over the world,” says Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars. “Because the car isn’t homologated, engineers and designers didn’t have to follow the usual rules and thus had freedom in the development.”
The Porsche 935 will not be a road-legal car, and due to its non-homologated nature it is not currently eligible for any racing series at this time. This means that the 935 will likely only be seen at private track events or showings for the foreseeable future.
Pricing will start at €701,948 (over $815,500 USD) and there will be a very limited production run of only be 77 units, with delivery expected sometime in mid-2019.