Here’s a long-tailed version of a range-topping performance car, Weissach-style. The Porsche 935 is a 991-generation 911 GT2 RS-based track-only car which reprises the 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’, the Le Mans racer from 1978 which won the Silverstone 6 Hours race that year.

“Because the car isn’t homologated, engineers and designers didn’t have to follow the usual rules and thus had freedom in the development,” vice-president of motorsport and GT cars at Porsche, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser said about the car, which was unveiled at Rennsport Reunion VI at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California, United States.

The 935 wears distinctive bodywork, one that measures 4,865 mm long and 2,034 mm wide, with a 2,457 mm wheelbase. Comparatively, the 911 GT2 RS measures 4,549 mm long, 1,978 mm wide and has a 2,453 mm wheelbase. Wheel arch vents over the front wheels aid downforce upon the front axle, while the rather massive rear wing helps with aerodynamic balance, says Porsche.

Visual references to Porsche’s motorsport history abound here – the capped wheel rims tip a hat to the 935/78, the LED lights on the trailing edges of the rear wing mimic those from the 919 Hybrid LMP1 racer, while the side mirrors are from the 911 RSR and the titanium exhaust tailpipes are fashioned after those on the Porsche 908 of 1968.

Here, the 3.8 litre twin-turbo flat-six engine from the GT2 RS features, and in this application it produces an identical 700 hp. Similarly, a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission sends drive to the rear wheels exclusively, though the unit in the 935 is rigidly mounted and has a limited-slip differential ‘optimised for racing’. Like on the road-going GT2 RS, the 935 uses electromechanical steering with variable ratio.

Suspension on the 935 is similar to that on the 911 GT2 RS, where the track-only car employs McPherson struts in front and a multi-link setup at the rear, though the 935 uses three-way adjustable racing dampers instead of the GT2 RS’s electronic PASM units. Braking is by six-piston aluminium monobloc calipers on 380 mm steel discs in front and four-piston aluminum monobloc calipers on 355 mm steel discs at the rear.

All four wheels are one-piece light alloy forged units, measuring 11.5J x 18 inches in front and 13J x18 inches at the rear, wrapped with 29/65-R18 and 31/71-R18 tyres front and rear respectively. The paint finish is Agate gray – pictured here is the optional Martini livery that has also graced numerous Porsches in the past.

The price for a modernised slice of Porsche motorsport history? 701,948 Euros (RM3,385,862) bags you one in Europe, and customer deliveries are set to take place from June next year. With a production run of 77 units, availability is all but a foregone conclusion. Now then, is your order in the queue?

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