The surprise unveiling, at the Rennsport Reunion event at Laguna Seca Raceway in California, is Porsche Motorsport’s contribution to the 70 years of Porsche celebrations this year. And yes you will be able to buy one: 77 of the modern-day 935s are being made for £750,000 each in the UK, including the tax, with delivery from June 2019. They will all be race cars though, so forget about driving one on the road. Although original 935s have been made into road cars so who knows…
The new Porsche 935 puts together the best of two Porsche worlds, 40 years apart. Any Porsche 935 is an awesome machine but the 935/78 is a true icon of motorsport, as we all here at Goodwood know only too well. Remember the Group 5 demo from the 76th Members’ Meeting in March? Remind yourself of that here.
Moby Dick never did win Le Mans for Porsche (the factory 935/78 was eighth in 1978, despite being the fastest car there with 228mph on the Mulsanne Straight), leaving the Kremer team’s car to win in 1979. It didn’t matter because with more than 150 race wins worldwide and four world championships for Porsche, 935 immortality was guaranteed.
Staying true to this legacy, the new version marries those iconic looks with what is Porsche’s fastest contemporary model, the twin turbo GT2 RS. That is the car, you may remember, that had its dynamic world debut at the Festival of Speed in 2017 before going on to lap the Nürburgring in 6 minutes, 47.3 seconds – enough for Porsche to claim a record for road-approved sports cars at that time.