PORSCHE CELEBRATES THEIR 70TH WITH THE 935 LE MANS TRIBUTEDate: 2018-10-04
To commemorate their 70th birthday, Porsche has decided to build a limited-run 935 Le Mans sports car in tribute.
in the 1970s, Porsche's ‘Moby Dick’ Le Mans race car inspired a generation of petrolheads. Its iconic Martini livery instantly recognisable while its aggressive aero and elongated shape made it a wall poster favourite.
And so, with Porsche celebrating their 70th birthday, they have revealed a limited-run celebration model inspired by that classic 935 Le Mans racer. This modern reimagining is retro classy, with its single seat, stretched out bodywork and similarly aggressive aero, black on white paintwork, superb Martini livery and those incredible, bright red mags. It's a thing to behold.
Based on the current-generation 911 GT2 RS, the car measures 4.87m long and 2.03m wide, while the rear wing is 1.9m wide and 40cm deep. The car weighs 1,380kg, mainly because it features bodywork made mostly from carbon fibre.
Under the skin, there's the 692bhp 3.8-litre water-cooled six-cylinder twin-turbo engine from the GT2 RS attached to the same donor car's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Dig deeper and you'll find a race-optimised limited-slip differential as well as a dual mass flywheel.
There's also electromechanical power steering with a variable rack, MacPherson struts at the front with a lightweight multi-link suspension at the rear. To get the new 935 to stop, there are 380mm (front) and 355mm (rear) brakes.
Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is standard, which allows the driver to switch the car’s drive modes and setup of the traction control and anti-lock braking system sensitivity.
Hop onboard and the retro-modern theme high-fives you in the eyeballs. For instance, the laminated wood gear lever is just like its legendary old man, while a carbon steering wheel and the digital cockpit introduce a modern aesthetic. As would be expected in a racer like this, there's a thick roll cage, a carbon-fibre backed racing bucket seat with a six-point harness to keep you safe and snug.
First deliveries are due in June 2019 but, as this Porsche 935 Le Mans tribute is Limited to just 77 units, they should be snapped up pretty quickly, even if they cost €701,948 (around £625,000).
A modern-retro tribute that deserves its place on the wall of a whole new generation of Porsche fans.