Up close and personal with the new Porsche 935 'Moby Dick'

The reincarnated Porsche 935 'Moby Dick' made its first public appearance at Autosport International 2019. We got a closer look at this retro-themed racer.

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Up close and personal with the new Porsche 935 'Moby Dick'

Porsche has an illustrious racing history that spans over seven decades and multiple disciplines. When it came to marking its 70th anniversary in 2018, the German marque wanted to create a special model that harked back to its motorsport heritage. This birthday gift to itself took the form of the new Porsche 935 ‘Moby Dick’, a 690bhp reimagining of the original racer.

Making its UK debut at the Autosport International Show 2019, we managed to get up close and personal with the track-only supercar.

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Pages of history

Serving as the ultimate incarnation of the Porsche 935 racer, the 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’ was the brainchild of project engineer Norbert Singer. The elongated aerodynamic bodywork of this car teamed with the iconic Martini Racing logo made for a distinctive racing car. One of the most powerful flat-six engines ever created gifted ‘Moby Dick’ 845bhp in race tune, something it put to good use on its first outing.

At the the Silverstone 6 Hours endurance race it qualified on pole with a lap time only four seconds slower than a period McLaren Formula 1 car. Unsurprisingly, it then went on to take its maiden victory at its race debut. However, this performance came at the cost of fuel consumption, something that would ultimately result in a disappointing 8th place finish at that year’s Le Mans 24 Hour event.

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Reborn

The new track-only Porsche 935 is based upon the current 911 GT2 RS supercar and was officially launched at the 2018 Rennsport Reunion. Its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine produces 690bhp of which is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed gearbox.

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Retro Racer

The car’s bodywork is made from carbon-reinforced plastic of which mimics the lines of the original 935. It’s a sizeable vehicle with that lengthy rear deck sweeping far beyond (12.6-inches longer) where a regular GT2 would end. As a silhouette the 935 looks fantastically well proportioned, and every inch the modern reincarnation of an icon.

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An eye for detail

While the outline of the 935 is certainly striking to look at, especially with that vast rear wing, the details are just as eye-opening. An intricate series of ducts and vents channel the air around and through the car to aid with cooling and maximising performance. The series of pressure releasing louvers above the front wheels not only look cool, but also serve a purpose.

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Like father, like son

These 'turbofan' motorsport rims serve to help cool the brakes by channeling warm air away from components when in motion. The new 935 follows suit and features vibrantly painted modern-day equivalents.

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Geared for success

A nice little detail on the new ‘Moby Dick’ is a wooden finish on the gear selector. This is a nod back to the highly successful Porsche 917 which featured a birch gear knob as a weight-saving measure.

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Pretty Penny

Want one? Of course you do! However, such a special car does not come cheap. A new Porsche 935 will set you back $813,000 should you wish to add this track-toy to your collection.

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Rare beast

The Porsche 935 will number just 77 examples, and even if you did have the $800k+ required, they’re all sold. Sadly, you’re unlikely to see one entered into endurance racing like its forefather, as the car hasn’t been homologated to any existing GT formula.

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