2018 is a serious party year for Porsche. They are celebrating 70 years of kicking butt and taking trophies.
As you read these lines, Porsche has just revealed an exclusive new edition of the Porsche 935 LeMans racecar at the historic “Rennsport Reunion” motorsport event at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.
Based on a new 911 GT2 RS (991.2), the “new” 935 sports new carbon-fibre composite body panels that mimic the original Porsche 935/78 Le Mans race car. The streamlined extended rear end bring the 911’s total length to 4.87 meters (from 4.56 meters). This unique feature is what earned the car its Moby Dick nickname back in the day.
Physically, Moby Dick inherits a plethora of parts from its stable mates. The front wheel arch air vents are from the 911 GT3 R, the rear LED lights on the rear wing are adopted from the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car, the side mirrors are borrowed from the current Le Mans-winning 911 RSR and the exposed titanium tailpipes are inspired by the 1968 Porsche 908.
The cabin too features numerous unique and derived elements from what we can imagine to be appetite-wetting Porsche parts bins. Power-wise, the 935 retains the 700-horsepower turbo flat-6 from the GT2 RS and 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox.
The 935 is a non-homologated race car and if you want one, it’s probably too late. According to the press release, the 935’s price will be of 701,948 Euro plus country-specific VAT. Deliveries will begin in June of 2019.
This is how all carmakers should celebrate.