Porsche 935 un­wrapped for 70th

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Porsche has un­wrapped a 70th birth­day present with the de­but of a new Club­sport race car de­vel­op­ing 700 horse­power that re­calls the hugely suc­cess­ful Group 5 935 rac­ing cars from the late-1970s.

The new 935 was re­vealed dur­ing the his­toric “Rennsport Re­union” mo­tor­sport event at La­guna Seca Race­way in Cal­i­for­nia. The 515kW racer fea­tur­ing a body rem­i­nis­cent of the leg­endary Porsche 935/78 will be pro­duced in a lim­ited num­ber of 77 units.

“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 car has been de­vel­oped for club­sport events and pri­vate training on race­tracks and is based on the 911 GT2 RS high­per­for­mance sports car. Like its his­toric pre­de­ces­sor, most of the body has been re­placed or sup­ple­mented by car­bon-fi­bre com­pos­ite parts (CFRP) so its stream­lined and ex­tended rear body­work ex­tends the length to 4865mm and the body is widened to 2034mm.

The spec­tac­u­lar aero­dy­nam­ics are a com­pletely new de­vel­op­ment and pay trib­ute to the Porsche 935/78 Le Mans race car, which fans dubbed “Moby Dick” due to its elon­gated shape, mas­sive fair­ings and white base colour.

The dis­tinc­tive wheel arch air vents on the front fair­ings, which also fea­ture on the GT3 Porsche 911 GT3 R cus­tomer ve­hi­cle, in­crease down­force at the front axle. Mea­sur­ing 1909mm in width by 400mm in depth, the rear wing im­proves aero­dy­namic bal­ance.

Many de­tails of the ex­te­rior are a salute to win­ning ve­hi­cles from the com­pany’s mo­tor rac­ing his­tory: The aero­dy­nam­i­cally capped wheels echo those of the 935/78, with the LED rear lights on the rear wing end plates adopted from the 919 Hy­brid LMP1 race car. The side mir­rors hail from the cur­rent Le Mans-win­ning 911 RSR, with the ex­posed ti­ta­nium tail pipes mod­elled on the Porsche 908 from 1968.

These ref­er­ences are car­ried through to the cockpit. The knob on the gearshift lever has a lam­i­nated wood de­sign and is rem­i­nis­cent of rac­ers such as the 917, the 909 “Bergspy­der” and the Car­rera GT su­per sports car.

The car­bon steer­ing wheel and the colour dis­play be­hind it have been taken from the 911 GT3 R from the 2019 model year. A full safety cage com­bined with a rac­ing bucket seat and a six-point safety har­ness en­sure max­i­mum safety and a sec­ond seat for the pas­sen­ger is avail­able as an op­tional ex­tra.

Air con­di­tion­ing pro­vides driver com­fort with op­ti­mal cool­ing of the in­te­rior and the car is fit­ted with the FIA ap­proved driver ex­trac­tion roof hatch. The front-mounted 115-litre FT3 safety fuel cell with fuel cut-off safety valve com­plies with FIA reg­u­la­tions while a fast­fill cou­pling is op­tional.

The new 935 is pow­ered by a 3800cc six-cylin­der twin-turbo en­gine, which is largely iden­ti­cal to the high-per­for­mance stan­dard unit in the road-le­gal 911 GT2 RS. Power is trans­ferred to the rear wheels via a seven-speed Porsche Dop­pelkup­plung (PDK) dual clutch gear­box with pad­dle shifters and a lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tial.

Porsche has an­nounced pric­ing at Euro701,948 (NZ$1.23 mil­lion) plus taxes and cus­tomers will re­ceive ve­hi­cles from June 2019.

THIS SPEC­TAC­U­LAR CAR IS A BIRTH­DAY PRESENT FROM PORSCHE MO­TOR­SPORT TO FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD

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