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Total 911 - - Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, California - Lee Sib­ley • Ed­i­tor e: lee.sib­ley@fu­turenet.com T: +44 (0)1202 586200

Porsche’s big re­veal of a ‘new’ 935 was one of many high­lights at a spec­tac­u­lar Rennsport Re­union VI. For starters it was a great way for Ger­many to demon­strate how se­ri­ously it takes this mon­ster of a show, which has made its home for the last three oc­cas­sions on the US West Coast. Re­veal­ing a car with such his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance in a set­ting where it would be sur­rounded by fa­nat­i­cals who will re­mem­ber the orig­i­nal with great fond­ness re­minds us that de­spite Porsche’s ex­po­nen­tial growth as a Vw-aligned cor­po­rate com­pany, fans who made the brand in the first place are still fondly thought of. It is a shame the de­ci­sion-mak­ers didn’t take this a step fur­ther and re­veal the new Speed­ster at La­guna Seca also, en­thu­si­asts hav­ing to make do with the con­cept car while the pro­duc­tion ver­sion was wheeled out to ‘suits’ at the Paris Mo­tor Show.

So what to make of the ‘new’ 935? At face value it’s a bril­liant, mod­ern take on one of the most fa­mous cars from Porsche’s his­tory. In the metal the car is sim­ply stun­ning, I and oth­ers re­vis­it­ing the 935 over the course of the week­end to pore over every mo­tor­sport-in­spired de­tail present. Its pro­por­tions, not to men­tion that Mar­tini liv­ery, gives it epic pres­ence.

The price tag of £850,000 should de­ter flip­pers too – as only 77 will be made – but that does mean Porsche is valu­ing all that aero at £600,000, as un­der­neath the 935 is a stripped-out and me­chan­i­cally stock 991 GT2 RS. Some peo­ple see right through that. I asked Jür­gen Barth, one-time tester of the orig­i­nal Moby Dick, what he thought of the new 935 at Rennsport Re­union. “It’s a stupid car and I hope no­body buys it,” came the re­ply, Barth sight­ing the fact it can’t be en­tered into any proper rac­ing se­ries and is thus con­signed to a life as a very ex­pen­sive track day toy. It’s an un­de­ni­able truth which, like Project Gold, ul­ti­mately shows the heavy in­flu­ence of the mar­ket­ing folk at Porsche, but it’s great all the same that the com­pany is still dar­ing to make cars which it be­lieves will ap­peal to en­thu­si­asts of the mar­que.

“Fans who made the brand are still fondly thought of”

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