Porsche 935: How it was developed

How Porsche created a track-ready tribute to one of its most famous racers.

Porsche has given fans of its exclusive 935 race car a more detailed look into its development process, in a video released by its 9:11 magazine.

The clip features interviews with exterior designer Grant Larson, 935 project leader, Kay-Alexander Breitbach, and Matthias Scholz, overall project manager for GT customer racing, along with some stunning footage of the car in the studio and on the track.

What some fans may find interesting is the quick time frame in which the car was designed and built.

“Our part with the flat nose (935) started in July of 2017, where we had about three or four days to come up with some drawing for what the new 935 could look like,” said Larson.

Perhaps the most distinctive styling feature is the ‘long tail’ rear overhang, which pays homage to the 935/78 race car nicknamed Moby Dick.

“What was also important for us was, of course the car has a long tail, and whether it’s the old version or this version, you look inside that long tail underneath and its kind of a tunnel effect, all in black, and you see the original 911 underneath it, so its like a car inside a car,” Larson said.

Under the retro-inspired skin, the 935 utilises the latest technology out of Porsche’s current flagship.

“The basis is the GT2 RS engine, with 700 hp (515kW) and the PDK transmission. We slightly modified both, minutely fine-tuning the car to make it even more track-ready than the GT2RS already is,” said Breitbach in the video.

Thanks to the extensive use of lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced polymer in construction, the 935 weighs only 1318kg.

Suffice to say, the 935 should offer enough performance to keep even the most ardent Porsche enthusiasts satisfied.

Only 77 examples of the 935 will be built, with pricing coming in at €701,948 ($1.1 million).

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