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Walliser: New Porsche 935 Could Form Basis of Future GT2 Car

New Porsche 935 could serve as underpinning for 911-based GT2 race car in future…

Photo: Hoch Zwei/Porsche

The technology behind the new Porsche 935 track day car could serve as the foundation of a future GT2 entry, according to Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.

The German manufacturer took the wraps off the reinvented race car, based on the road-going 911 GT2 RS, during last weekend’s Rennsport Reunion VI at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

While set for a production run of 77 units, Porsche has no current plans to seek homologation for the “Moby Dick”-inspired 935, although Walliser said the car would fit, performance-wise, within SRO’s newly announced GT2 platform.

“This is a serious race car; we’re testing it in the wind tunnel… everything. So you could race it,” he told Sportscar365.

“But from my perspective, it’s over-stretching the idea of GT2 a little bit. We’ll see.”

Instead, Walliser indicated the chassis and powertrain components of the 700-horsepower beast could be utilized in a future GT2 race car.

The new 935 features the same 3.8-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine and many other components from the 911 GT2 RS road car.

“This is also part of testing the reaction to maybe a GT2 class [car] in the future,” Walliser said.

“It’s not so difficult to see the technology package of this car inside of a GT2 race car. Maybe that fits.”

Porsche is understood to have already been track testing a GT2 RS-based race car, which was again spotted at Monza earlier this week (pictured below).

SRO Motorsports Group founder and CEO Stephane Ratel revealed that he has three manufacturers already committed to the GT2 platform, which is set to launch mid-next year.

Photo: Stefano Ciabattoni

“Unbelievable” Response to New 935

Walliser said they’ve received an “unbelievable” response since the surprise launch of the new Porsche 935, with around 200 purchase requests received in the first 48 hours.

“Now we have to sort out of everything,” he said. “I want to make a proper selection out of that.

“We expected it would be a big surprise but I didn’t expect it would go this crazy. But people are coming from all over the world saying, ‘We’ll order it.'”

The higher-than-anticipated interest level could spur on Porsche to create additional retro-inspired track day race cars in the future, although Walliser said it’s too early to commit. 

“We are on the way to really look on all these track day activities because there’s a high demand from customers on [whether] Porsche can do something,” he said.

“We are exploring that. For sure a car like this fits in the program.

“I never say no but the response has been so good it would be crazy if we do not, in five years, maybe consider another beast.”

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

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Old Trombone

    October 3, 2018 at 10:53 am

    “Overstretching the idea of GT2”…

    Well that’s exactly what I want! Please please please!

    Le Mans 2022 – run by Ratel!

  2. Old Trombone

    October 3, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Just look at the trajectory of Ferrari and Porsche over the last 20 years.

    Ferrari – went with marketing, entered the fashion-&-trinket market, sells caps and key rings to every kid on earth, and now they are run by a cancer-stock company that Machiavelli-style kept them in favors during the hard times in the 1990’s while they lost every race to the Brits, so they could eat up all their shares and become the back-room-owner. They have to spend every last engineering minute on F1 marketing which has no engineering innovation since 2014 (well, 1993 really), and isn’t going to anymore.

    Porsche – went with engineering, was already in the engineering design consultancy business since Ferdinand was a boy, kept their old cars on the road with excellent builds in the first place, and now they spend their engineering time on projects across the whole diverse world of vehicles. Did ya know Porsche engineered the V-Rod engine for Harley-Davidson? And here they are building a run of Sportscars for Sportscar fans, instead of a single over-engineered billboard with no relevant tech for the road, which will only ever be driven by two spoiled children. Ever see a Fazz on those balloon tires they use in F1?

    And with this 935, Porsche overtakes Ferrari as the most desirable, most excellently engineered, Sportscar of our times.

    Porsche wins.

    • Av

      October 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Yours is an interesting observation that I have being pondering on my own now for a few years now. It is sad to see Ferrari going that way. And What a great job Porsche has been doing. By the way, I am a Ferrari fan.

      • Old Trombone

        October 4, 2018 at 10:37 am

        I was too, once long ago…

  3. ben

    October 3, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Sorry, but can’t support GT2 with the target buyer as gentlemen drivers. This should be the class that Ratel tries to push the factories to.

    • Old Trombone

      October 3, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      I’m thinking a little higher than that for 2022…

      GT4 = Pro-Am and Am-Am
      GT3 = Pro-Pro and Pro-Am
      GT2 = Pro-Am and Am-Am
      GT1 = Pro all the way (MacSenna, Porsche’s new 935-style 962 based on the mid-engine 911 RSR they’ve been racing in GTE/GTLM, Toyota TS050 GR, C8 Corvette Zora, Aston mid-engine, next Ford GT, Lambo Aventador replacement, and a new yet-to-be announced Peugeot)

      This class system is what will debut in the new SRO Le Mans 24 in 2022

      • Harry Manback

        October 3, 2018 at 5:33 pm

        There is too much “nope” in this comment to even fathom a coherent response to all the asshatery, so I’m just sticking with an overall blanketing: nope.

    • daedalus

      October 4, 2018 at 4:27 am

      Gentlemen drivers are the target “for now” in order to get things off the ground, but like GT3 was for gentlemen drivers when GT1 and GT2 was in existence now GT3 has all pro lineups in blancpain and in many other GT3 series such as PWC.

      If GT2 is a success with many cars bought and a decent grid then they can start to go pro-am like British GT,GTD, GT Masters etc.

      At the end of the day somebody has to pay the bills and the manufactures want to make money selling race cars not spend money on race programs.

  4. jason

    October 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Is GT2 just that in name only? I get the impression that in reality is more like GT 3.5?

    • paul

      October 3, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Bought the rights to use “GT2”, so kind of. Planned to be GT3,5 x1,5hp

      • Andy Flinn

        October 4, 2018 at 6:50 pm

        Jason, just think of it as “GT, too.”

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