In an incredible twist to the high-octane fairytale of Porsche’s anniversary year, the GT department has just pulled the wraps of another showstopper: the all-new ‘935’.
Unveiled today at the Rennsport Reunion in California, the 935 is the ultimate evocation of Porsche’s past and present, reworking the current flagship 911 GT2 RS with a medley of historic and contemporary motorsport elements.
“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.”
And they made the most of it. Using the latest 991.2 RS chassis and a barnstorming 700hp 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat six that’s largely identical to the one that propelled the GT2 to that astonishing ‘Ring record in 2017, the new 935 already boasts unparalleled performance underpinnings. But in homage to the iconic 935/78, better known as Moby Dick, it has also received a bespoke and highly technical restyling that includes the famous Flachbau – or flatnose – front end and low-drag long tail rear aero treatment.
Marking the theme of old and new, classic and cutting edge, the vast new tail section, which measures a mighty 1.9 metres wide by 400mm deep, is made of the latest weight-saving carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. New aerodynamic wheel rims pay further homage to the 935/78, while the LED lights on the rear wing have been purloined from the 919 Hybrid race car. Another nod to the past can be seen in the exposed titanium exhaust system, first trialled on the 908 in the late Sixties, while the current top-tier GT racing programme is referenced by wing mirrors lifted straight from the 911 RSR.
A similar blend of old and new goes on inside the 935, with the laminated wooden gearstick made so famous by the 917 juxtaposed by a carbon fibre steering wheel and high-tech instrumentation from the 2019 911 GT3 R customer racer. And because the new 935 has been designed specifically for serious track use, it comes with a fully welded roll cage and lightweight racing seat with six-point harness.
Despite its 4.87metre length and 2.03 metre width, the stripped out 935 tips the scales at a remarkably modest 1,380kg, some 90kg less than the much shorter and narrower GT2 RS, ensuring its performance will be nothing short of staggering. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via Porsche’s advanced seven-speed PDK gearbox, and like the road-legal GT2, it comes equipped with PSM stability management including traction control and ABS braking. Thanks to a map switch, these assistance systems can all be adjusted separately or switched off completely, depending on driving conditions.
The new 935 will be highly limited, however, with a production run restricted to just 77 units. The order books are open now, with deliveries slated for June 2019.
Time to sharpen those harpoons.