PORSCHE 935

Moby Dick re­turns atop the 515kw GT2 RS

Wheels (Australia) - - Contents - RYAN LEWIS

Weis­sach re­vives Moby Dick and breaks the in­ter­net

PORSCHE Mo­tor­sport has cel­e­brated its 70th by once again throw­ing off the shack­les and cast­ing the rule­book aside to show­case the ex­tent of its en­gi­neer­ing nous. Fol­low­ing the 919 Evo record-breaker, Porsche’s rac­ing divi­sion has now cre­ated an out­ra­geous, un­re­stricted 911-based trib­ute to the iconic 935.

Bear­ing the same three-digit name­plate and the Mar­tini liv­ery of its 1978 fore­bear, the modern day 935 is a 515kw sin­gle-seat track weapon built on the GT2 RS, and un­mis­tak­ably styled to mimic the car bet­ter known as Moby Dick.

The project was de­vel­oped in com­plete se­cret, and met with gen­uine as­ton­ish­ment from an un­sus­pect­ing crowd when re­vealed last month at Rennsport Re­union, a Porsche mo­tor­sport fes­ti­val in the United States.

“It’s un­be­liev­able the feed­back that we got from the fans. It was a real se­cret, and a big sur­prise,” says Dr Frank-stef­fen Wal­liser, Vice Pres­i­dent Mo­tor­sport and GT Cars.

“The ad­van­tage is we could do a lot of things in dig­i­tal, so no ap­pear­ance of the car out­side. We did all test­ing in a very small group only in the last weeks. So there was not re­ally a chance to hear some­thing, and then within our R&D cen­tre we are used to keep­ing our se­crets.”

In­cred­i­bly, this is not a one-off de­sign study or con­cept. Porsche is build­ing 77 ex­am­ples for “club­sport events and pri­vate train­ing on race­tracks”, priced at 701,948 Eu­ros (A$1.14m) each. De­liv­er­ies start in June next year.

Un­lim­ited by road or race ho­molo­ga­tion, the 935’s engi­neers had com­plete de­sign free­dom. The bodyshell is alu­minium-steel com­pos­ite with car­bon­fi­bre Kevlar ad­di­tions, keep­ing weight to 1380kg with the dis­tinc­tive ex­tended tail and mas­sive (1909x400mm) rear wing. Aero discs on the wheels are also rem­i­nis­cent of the 935/78.

“We wanted to keep the aero bal­ance of a Cup car, and so we had to de­sign that,” says Wal­liser. “[It was] a hell of a lot of work in the aero tun­nel and in com­puter sim­u­la­tions to achieve these aero­dy­nam­ics.”

Other Porsche rac­ers are ac­knowl­edged in the 935’s ex­te­rior de­tails, in­clud­ing its in­te­grated LED tail­lights from the 919 Hy­brid LMP1, side mir­rors from the Le Mans-win­ning 911 RSR, and ti­ta­nium ex­haust out­lets mod­elled on the 1969 Porsche 908.

In­side, a tim­ber shift knob harks back to the 917, 909 Bergspy­der and Car­rera GT, while the steer­ing wheel and data-log­ging dash are lifted di­rectly from the 2019 911 GT3 R, with a vin­tage-style boost gauge set to one side.

The 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six is largely un­changed from the GT2 RS, with the same peak out­puts but a louder ex­haust note. A sev­en­speed PDK trans­mis­sion sends drive to a race-op­ti­mised LSD be­tween the rear wheels.

Only Agate grey is listed on the 935’s colour chart and Mar­tini liv­ery is op­tional, as is a se­cond seat for a pas­sen­ger. For those who can get their name on the list, the 935 is surely one of the world’s most de­sir­able toys.

“This is re­ally part of our DNA. Our heart is rac­ing,” says Wal­liser. “We’re not only a com­pany for 70 years, we’re also rac­ing for 70 years. Ev­ery new [street] car is in­spired by a race car, so I think that’s just part of the story. It’s part of our daily life. And that’s why it’s im­por­tant and why we will never stop it.”

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