In 1976, the world was introduced to the Porsche 935, an update on the 911 turbo. This need-for-speed machine dominated FIA sports racing in the 70s, and continued to make headlines with its upgrades. One such newsworthy change was the whale-tail installation, earning it the moniker of “Moby Dick”. However, with the clap down by the FIA sanctions a decade later,the white whale soon became a fond memory. Now it’s back and it’s got gearheads and the like buzzing. Introducing the brand new ‘Moby Dick’ 935 inspired Porsche GT2 RS. Here’s what everyone is saying.
What Is The New Moby Dick 935-Inspired Porsche GT2 RS?
Described as a “birthday present from Porsche Motorsport to fans all over the world” by the head of Porsche Motorsport, Dr. Frank Walliser, the German brand unveiled the recreated and updated legend at the start of the sixth annual Rennsport Reunion in California. The launch garnered a huge crowd, in what was described as a Coachella-like atmosphere,with loud thumping music and tangible anticipation about what was soon to be revealed. The Moby Dick upgrade wasn’t confined by the usual restraints of meeting the approval standards for any professional series, meaning that the designers and engineers were granted more freedom and creativity in its development. And they used said allowances to create a very fast, sleek and sexy machine.
It no longer includes the top-mounted headlights, instead opting for a more refined look, elongating the nose and winding the body. The rear is also more streamlined and longer. This helps to decrease drag while increasing downforce. What has stood the test of time (and redesigned process) is the elongated tail, a wild feature that is sure to turn heads (especially with those unfamiliar with 935 original). The update is aimed at clubsport events and those who enjoy private training on the racetrack. Porsche has limited the amount being produced to just 77, and is yet to announce the official US pricing list (roughly ballparking it to just over $800,000 currently). Deliveries begin June 2019,and can be ordered from Porsche Motorsport North America.
What Are The Characteristics Of The New Porsche 935?
The new design contains a mash-up of some of the most popular characteristics of the Porsche series. The wheels pay homage to the Porsche 935, while the side mirrors are taken from the current Porsche 911 RSR. The bodywork-carbon -fiber reinforced polymer- is inspired by the original Moby Dick 935 model. There is also LEDs attached to the rear wing end plates as a nod to the 919 Hybrid Le Mans prototype from Porsche. And finally, the titanium tailpipes echo the design of the 1968 Porsche 908. The interior doesn’t mess around,handpicking the best features from other designs for an optimal setting, such as the carbon-fiber steering wheel and interface display from the 2019 911 GT3 R. Porsche fanatics will recognize the same laminated wood-design gearshift as the Carrera GT and 917.
The all-new 935 also contains its own original features like:
- 3.8 liter flat six-twin turbo engine
- 7 speed dual clutch automatic gearbox
- Front fender air vents
- Air-conditioning to keep the interior cool
- Passenger seat available as an optional feature
- Safety features like a racing bucket seat and 6-point safety harness
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS)- ideal for those after race-car features
- Traction control and Porsche Stability Management (PSM)- unlike the race cars that came before it
- Air jack and fire extinguishing system
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