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Modern Porsche 935 Unveiled: Stuttgart-based luxury car manufacturer, Porsche, has unveiled a modern reincarnation of their iconic Le Mans racecar — the 935 aka 'Moby Dick'. Based on the current 991.2 911 GT2 RS, the 935 mixes everything new at Porsche with the styling cues of '70s motorsports.
The new-generation Porsche 935 was introduced at Rennsport Reunion VI held at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California, USA. As aberrant as it would seem, the Porsche 935 will hit markets soon and will be limited to just 77 units.
The original Porsche 935 Moby Dick was the winner of the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The new avatar is heavily inspired by it in terms of aesthetics, especially with the full-carbon elongated bodywork. The total length of the car is almost 13 centimetres longer than the GT2 RS.
The new iteration still retains the classic Martini Racing livery and the exaggerated approach to aerodynamics. The ‘Flachbau' or ‘slant-nose' front end has got a pair of prominent ducts which channel air for cooling and drag reduction.
Meanwhile, the extra-large rear wing intimidates every other sportscar and dinner table on the market. The wing has also got LED lights on its edges just like on the now-discontinued 919 Hybrid Le Mans prototype.
The interiors have nothing to hint comfort or luxury but just the basics, packaged in the rawest format. While the carbon fibre steering wheel has been borrowed from the 2019 911 GT3 R, the six-point harness bucket seat, roll-cage and Alcantara form the rest of the cabin, in typical racecar fashion. Air-conditioning and passenger seat are optional.
Being built around the 911 GT2 RS, it shares almost the same mechanicals as the top-of-the-line 911 but engineered to go bonkers on the track. Hardcore Porsche enthusiasts can make out the fact that it has a GT2 RS base from the distinct front air dam design.
The Porsche 935 is powered by the same 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine but makes close to 800bhp as per reports. In comparison, the 991.2 GT2 RS makes 700bhp and 750Nm of torque. The power plant comes mated to the brand's reputed 7-speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Porsche 935 isn't road-legal as you can imagine. The 77 units will cost around 817,000 US dollars each (almost Rs 6 crore in direct conversion) before options. The purchase will be through invites only and deliveries are expected to start in June 2019.
Thoughts On The Modern Porsche 935 Reincarnation
The Porsche 935 brings so much back from the earlier times of motorsports. The automotive industry is witnessing a shift from ‘pure' creations to environment-friendly mobility options which lack feel. In fact, Porsche recently announced that they are ditching diesel models in favour of the planet. This raised a doubt among enthusiasts whether the 70-year-heritage brand is leaning towards the electrification trend. But the modern Moby Dick has buried that thought deep!