Porsche is offering their track-only 935 special-edition racing car with a variety of liveries that pay homage to favourites from the past.
This limited-edition Porsche is a reinterpretation of their classic 935 and, before it hits the track, the Stuttgart company has announced it will be available in a variety of liveries based on many of its forefathers.
The chap responsible for this new 935, which is based on the GT2 RS, is named Grant Larson, and he roped in Porsche’s in-house design team for this project. Together, they created seven paint schemes that reinterpret the historic racing cars.
Larson told EVO Magazine, "We have reinterpreted the various racing eras of the 935 using computer design programs, initially orientating ourselves geometrically on the design of the Martini racing version. However, we had to recreate all graphical data using virtual reality and finally apply it to the outer skin of the 935. That was very exciting in itself. We can hardly wait to see the new 935 on racetracks around the world. Every single livery is very exciting and matches this unique Porsche perfectly like a tailor-made outfit."
The original Porsche 935 raced in the late '70s and early '80s by both private owners and partners to the German manufacturer. The basis for the liveries is thus drawn from these racing teams and will be available in "the iconic Gulf blue of John Wyer's team, the Interscope design of Kremer Racing, the black and gold of John Player Special, and the colours of Momo, Sachs, Vaillant and Salzburg."
The new 935 is a homage to the 70-year celebration of Porsche Motorsport, and its entire being is influenced by the 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’ of the '70s. Although track-focussed, only 77 examples will be raced at club motorsport events and at track days as Porsche has decided not to homologate this model for championship racing.
Under the redesigned aerodynamic carbon fibre bodywork sits the current 911 GT2 RS road car with the same 700bhp, 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine putting power to the wheels through a seven-speed PDK transmission.
Porsche Stability Management and cast-iron discs with ABS remain as standard, the latter supplemented with a cockpit-mounted adjustable bias valve for the callipers, six- and four-piston front and rear respectively.
Suspension up front is taken care of by MacPherson struts with forged links, three-way adjustable motorsport dampers and reinforced tie-rods, while a multi-link set-up does its job at the back. 18-inch forged centre-lock wheels, 11.5 inches wide at the front and 13 inches at the rear, and are wrapped in suitable Michelin rubber.
As this is a racing car, the interior of the donor GT2 RS has been replaced with a full roll-cage and bucket seats. The dash is carbon fibre, includes an instrument display and data logger, and the PDK shift lever is made of wood. There's an escape hatch in the roof and air jacks for pit stops.
Deliveries of the 77 examples that will be produced are expected in June 2019, with prices starting from €701,948 (£625,000) plus local taxes. With that said, it's probably safe to assume we'll be able to see the new Porsche 935 in action during the demonstration event during the 24 Hours of Le Mans race weekend. It's going to be magical.