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New Porsche 935 Race Car Unveiled

Porsche takes wraps off reinvented 935 race car for track day competition…

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Porsche has unveiled a reinvented version of the legendary 935 race car, aimed for the track day market.

Revealed Thursday during Rennsport Reunion VI at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the 700-horsepower car, based on the street-legal 911 GT2 RS, pays tribute to the German manufacturer’s famous “Moby Dick” from the 1970s.  

The unhomologated car will see a limited production run of 77 units, in what Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser said is a “birthday present” to Porsche fans around the world for its 70th anniversary.

“It’s kind of a fantasy car but with serious development,” Walliser told Sportscar365. 

“Sometimes designing a race car that really looks good, without the [restrictions] of homologation is also fun.”

The car features a 3.8-liter flat-six twin-turbo engine with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, along with and design elements and styling cues from the Porsche 911 GT3 R and 919 Hybrid LMP1 car.

Historical references, meanwhile, are seen in the cockpit, including a wooden gearshift lever that’s reminiscent of the Porsche 917.

Walliser said the after-hours project has been in the works for the past year, with development still ongoing ahead of deliveries in June 2019.

The car will be sold for 701,948 Euros ($817,311), with the manufacturer expected to select customers based on a series of criteria, including Porsche history, according to the GT motorsports boss.

While no official racing application has been defined, Walliser said he expects to see the new 935 in action at club events and at track days, with technical support provided by Porsche Motorsport.

Photo: Porsche

Photo: Porsche

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Azuma

    September 27, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Wow, that is a looker.

    This new 935 may not be homologated. However, it could be the perfect car for SPX in the 24H Series or the VLN.

    • Old Trombone

      September 27, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      SRO GT2, right there

      Ready for 2021, when Ratel takes over the ACO…

  2. Matt

    September 27, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    SRO GT2 car?

    • John Dagys

      September 27, 2018 at 8:17 pm

      A SRO GT2 car must be production-based. There is no production Porsche 935.

      • 935fan

        September 27, 2018 at 9:32 pm

        “based on the street-legal 911 GT2 RS”

        • John Dagys

          September 27, 2018 at 10:29 pm

          Porsche has already made it clear they will not homologate this car, so it will not be eligible for SRO GT2.

      • MalthusUnderestimated

        September 27, 2018 at 9:53 pm

        Yes. But there is a 935 re-creation that has run well in VLN in Group H – the Kremer K3, based on the 997.

        • Slicks in the wet

          September 27, 2018 at 11:08 pm

          Yeah, but you have to remember that VLN/NBR24 will pretty much let you run anything…this is getting less common with the switch to highspeed, high tech factory GT3 and stuff. A lot less random cars and classes now.

  3. Antonio Desmond Miles

    September 28, 2018 at 6:45 am

    This Porsche is stunning!! Agree with me or not but this could be a stepping stone for Porsche returning back to the new “Hypercar” LMP1 regs starting in 2020 if they choose to. I know it’s not homologated but their next LMGTP car could be based off this. The powerplant makes 700hp so it fits right in with the proposed regs which could change. Check off all the other boxes and you have your new successor to the 919 Hybrid.

  4. Joel

    September 28, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Wow Porsche! Amazing, what a brilliant blend of Future and Retro! Can the next gen GTE Car be a 935 GTE?

    • Probably should read the actual PR people

      September 28, 2018 at 7:19 am

      So they make a track day only almost million dollar car and now we expect they will make the 911 street car look like it as well? It’s a ONE OFF car, it is not the new direction for Porsche, it is to honor the 70 years of history as you would expect a company like Porsche to make. Why does everyone immediately think one car becomes the design language and will be the next racer, it is NOT an RSR nor will it be the RSR in the future.

  5. MikeK

    September 28, 2018 at 11:27 am

    These cars won’t be raced. They will go to collectors.

  6. Mike coter

    September 28, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Wow, this car is drop dead gorgeous in every way some say that classic designs do not age well but an update of a classic is better, good job porsche

  7. KW

    October 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Well designed. Takes up enough design elements from the old 935 to be re-recognized, but adds a good modern shape to the old design. Congrats to the design team!

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