New Porsche 935 To Get Seven Historic Liveries. Which Do You Prefer?
Last year marked Porsche’s 70th birthday and like anyone that old, the company took the time to reflect on its past glory. In fact, Le Mans and Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans were both hosts to 911 RSR GTE cars sporting throwback liveries. The Le Mans 24 Hours even gave the German company a GTE class win with the Pink Pig livery.
The celebrations also took to customer cars as Porsche unveiled a modern rendition of its Moby Bick Group 5 racer. Featuring an extended body based on the GT2RS, the new 935 has been met with a lot of enthusiasm.
Previously, the car has been seen testing at Monza in a dark, almost camouflaged design and has only made public appearances dressed in the Martini livery seen at the Geneva Motorshow. However, Porsche has now revealed it will sell the 77 examples of the 935 with a choice of legendary liveries.
In total, seven designs are going to be made available to the lucky 77 millionaires chosen to buy a 935. Two are based on famous 917 racers and five will be inspired by the original ‘Moby Dick’ 935 although for obvious reasons, none of the cars will show the sponsors used on the original cars.
The ‘Gulf’ livery is inspired by the 917 that won the 1970 and 1971 World Sportscar Championships thanks to what Porsche calls one of the most successful motor racing team managers, John Wyer.
Next up is the Momo design that caught the attention of crowds from around the world on the 935 whilst competing in the Group 5 category.
Sachs was a long-term sponsor for Porsche racecars in the early 1970’s hence the company’s decision to pay tribute to the partnership despite it not being a well-known colour scheme.
The Vaillant is a very colourful design for the 935 based on the Team Kremer car which raced at the Nurburgring and won the 24-hour race in 1977. This is why this particular design is internally nicknamed the Green Hell by Porsche itself.
The Salzburg livery is one of the most recognisable liveries of the set as it takes inspiration from the original 917 Le Mans winner from 1970. Although, it is very recognisable as the racecar, the lack of sponsors on the design removes some of the history from the car.
In 1981, the 935 managed to take the honours at the Daytona 24 Hours. The Interscope livery is a direct tribute to that very car that went on to be successful across the American continent.
Finally, but certainly not least is the John Player Special livery which is surely the preferred choice of every motorsport fan. It is once again based on privateer Team Kremer’s 935 which made an impact on Group 5 racing forever. The John Player livery has been used on many racecars since and has even appeared on many Formula 1 racers.
Although the Vaillant livery is the one that stands out the most thanks to its turquoise blue base colour and the rainbow of stripes contouring the front of the car, I would have to say the John Player Special tribute is the livery to go for. The Gold and Black complement each other perfectly making the car a true stealth bomber for the track.