The New Porsche 935 – What Will You Use Yours For?

The ‘new’ Porsche 935 surprised everyone at Rennsport Reunion this past weekend. Visually, very much in the look and vision of the original Moby Dick Porsche race cars of that era, you have to love the looks of the car. At a glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Porsche had joined the ‘continuation’ trend and that the space framed, howling Porsche 935 was back in historic racing, though you’d be wrong.

The car is based around the 700 Bhp GT2 RS, with the same base chassis and drive train, with all of the modern electronics you’d see if you were a GT2 RS owner. The retro 935 shape is principally for the exterior clothing, with design nods to various classic Porsche race cars added in to the details.

“This spectacular car is a birthday present from Porsche Motorsport to fans all over the world,” says Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars. “Because the car isn’t homologated, engineers and designers didn’t have to follow the usual rules and thus had freedom in the development.”

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So, assuming you’re fortunate enough to have been asked to buy one, what will you do with your 2019 Porsche 935?

Well, as the man says, it’s not homologated so you won’t be driving it on the road. And it’s unclear whether you’ll be racing it either. Porsche claim the car is optimised for Clubsport events and track driver training.

However, if you have already paid the deposit for your 701,000 Euro Porsche 935, I doubt that this will concern you. I expect we will see them on occasion at certain track days where fellow drivers can be expected to show restraint and also at private events, such as Ascari. There have been social media mutterings that the 935 will only ever be seen in collector’s air conditioned garages and the salerooms of the major auction houses.

Personally, I’d be paying the extra for the optional passenger seat, hiring Spa Francorchamps for the day and enjoy some time handing out as much pleasure as possible.

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to own one of the 2019 Porsche 935s, you owe it to everyone else to spread a little joy in the world.

Technical description Porsche 935 (Type 991, Gen. 2)

• Single-seater near-standard non-homologated race car.
• Basis: Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2)

• Weight: ca. 1,380 kg
• Length: 4,865 mm
• Width: 2,034 mm (incl. side mirrors)
• Total height: 1,359 mm
• Wheelbase: 2.457 mm

• Water-cooled 6-cylinder aluminium twin-turbo rear-mounted boxer engine and rigid suspension; 3,800 cc; stroke 77.5 mm; bore 102 mm; ca. 515 kW (700 hp)
• 4-valve technology with camshaft adjustment and valve-lift switchover
Vario-Cam Plus
• Electronic engine management (Continental SDI 9)
• DMSB-approved 100-cell metal catalytic converter
• Rear silencer with twin tailpipes mounted centrally, Heritage Design

• 7-speed PDK gearbox with rigid suspension and short throw
• Dual mass flywheel
• Internal pressurised oil lubrication with active oil cooling
• Limited slip differential optimised for racing

• Weight-optimised bodyshell in aluminium-steel composite design with carbon-fibre Kevlar add-on parts to improve aerodynamics and stability
• Rear wing with lights integrated in endplates
• Enlarged air inlets with integrated LED headlights in 4-point design
• Removable escape hatch in roof complying with FIA Art. 275a
• Aerodynamically optimised side mirrors
• 115-litre FT3 safety fuel cell with fuel cut-off safety valve in compliance with FIA Art. 253 in the front, optional with fast-fill coupling
• Welded-in safety cage
• Recaro racing bucket seat with longitudinal seat adjustment and padding system in accordance with FIA Standard 8862/2009
• 6-point safety harness
• Air jack system (three jacks)
• Fire extinguishing system with electronic release unit

Front axle: MacPherson suspension strut; forged suspension links, optimised stiffness with high-performance spherical bearings, centre-locking wheel nuts; 3-way racing dampers, reinforced tie-rod; Electro-mechanical power steering with variable steering ratio; anti-roll bar

Rear axle: Lightweight multi-link suspension, strut ball jointed (Unibal); centre-locking wheel nuts; 3-way racing dampers; anti-roll bar

Brake system:
• Two separate brake circuits for front and rear axles; adjustable via brake balance bar system

Front axle:
• Six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers with anti-knock-back piston springs; steel brake discs, internally ventilated with 380 mm diameter, racing brake pads, optimised brake cooling ducts

Rear axle:
• Four-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers with anti-knock-back piston springs; steel brake discs, internally ventilated with 355 mm diameter, racing brake pads, optimised brake cooling ducts

Electrical system:
• Instrument cluster consisting of COSWORTH ICD with integrated data logger, sport Chrono watch and boost gauge in a vintage finish
• CFK multifunction steering wheel with pit speed limiter and quick-release coupling
• PSM (Porsche Stability Management) with ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control (able to be completely switched off)
• Centre console with map switch to adjust the ABS, ESC, TC and switch between preset tyre circumferences
• Porsche Track Precision Race App
• Integrated lap trigger
• Lightweight lithium-ion (Li-Fe-Po-) battery, 60 Ah, leakproof, mounted in passenger footwell
• Emergency cut-off switch in cockpit and outside left of the windscreen
• Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
• Air conditioning

Front axle: One-piece light-alloy forged wheels
11.5J x 18 offset 15.3 with centre-locking nut; Michelin transport tyres 29/65-R18

Rear axle: One-piece light-alloy forged wheels
13J x 18 offset -10 with centre-locking nut; Michelin transport tyres 31/71-R18

Agate gray water-based paint; optional: Martini livery

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Author: Neill Watson

If you love the sound of the Cosworth V8 as much as the V12 Merlin, the smell of Jet A1 as much as Castrol R and admire the late Ray Hanna as much as Sir Stirling, you’ll find you’re both on the same page. Neill's love of art deco buildings means that his ideal home would be a brilliant white, 1930′s control tower in Southern France, with crisply mown grass, biplane parked on the driveway and a Ferrari 288GTO in the garage. This is something that those around him tolerate, though it does concern them from time to time.

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