n 1976, Porsche launched the 935, a homologation model of the 911 turbo. Porsche’s new racer dominated FIA sports activities automotive racing within the late-’70s. Over the subsequent decade the 935 skilled some aerodynamic modifications, together with the set up of a large whale-tail in ’78, which earned it the affectionate nickname “Moby Dick.” By the early 1980s the FIA sanctions had been extra profitable in killing “Moby Dick” than Captain Ahab, and in 1984 the 935 gained its final main race.
However now the whale is again.
As a part of its 70th anniversary celebration, Porsche unveiled its new 935 tribute automotive through the first day of Rennsport Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California. Scorching on the heels of a comparable announcement from Ferrari, the German model debuted the automotive on a live performance stage, in the course of the observe, to a Coachella-like environment of thumping bass and drooling spectators.
“This spectacular automotive is a birthday current from Porsche Motorsport to followers everywhere in the world,” Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche vp of motorsport and GT vehicles, stated in an announcement. “As a result of the automotive isn’t homologated for any sequence, engineers and designers didn’t must comply with the standard guidelines and thus had freedom within the improvement.”
In case you squint your eyes, the automotive appears like a 935 “Moby Dick” from 1978. Flat frunk, angled entrance valance, and a rear story/diffuser that appears prefer it snagged its marriage ceremony gown on an errant nail. Powering the brand new 935 is a three.Eight-liter flat-six-twin-turbo engine succesful good for 700 hp, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch (PDK) automated gearbox. Throw in a carbon-fiber racing wheel from the 911 GT3 R, and that is one badass beluga.
The engine and construction are based mostly on the 911 GT2 RS street automotive, however right here Porsche has swapped out practically the entire physique panels with carbon-fiber bolstered polymer. With a curb weight of 3000 kilos and a considerable aero package for main downforce, the 935 is able to soar out of the historical past books and onto in the present day’s race tracks.
The brand new 935 has a listing value of €701,948 (about $812,000) earlier than VAT, however Porsche will announce U.S. pricing afterward. Solely 77 will likely be produced, which implies this style of Porsche motorsport heaven will likely be a uncommon whale, certainly.