Porsche Reveals New ‘935 Moby Dick’ Racer
As part of the Rennsport Reunion event at Laguna Seca Raceway in California, Porsche has revealed a modern take on its iconic 935 ‘Moby Dick’ race car of the 1970s. The modern 700hp racer features a long body reminiscent of the 935/78 and will be produced in limited numbers – just 77 will be built.
Based on the 991 GT2 RS, the new the 1,380-kilogram vehicle features carbon fibre composite panels, its streamlined extended rear end makes it measure a total length of 4.8 metres – the new clubsport machine measures 2.03 metres in width. The new competition car’s look pays tribute to the 935/78 Le Mans race car, which fans dubbed ‘Moby Dick’ due to its elongated shape with enlarged fairings. The new 935 is powered by a 3.8-litre six-cylinder twin-turbo engine – it is same unit found in the 911 GT2 RS – it is mated to a seven-speed PDK gearbox.
“This spectacular car is a birthday present from Porsche Motorsport to fans all over the world,” said Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars. “Because the car isn’t homologated, engineers and designers didn’t have to follow the usual rules and thus had freedom in the development.”
Various details on the car’s exterior make a nod to Porsche competition cars of old – its turbofan wheels echo those of the 935/78, the exposed titanium tailpipes are modeled on the 908 of 1968, the LED lights on the rear wing endplates are adopted from the 919 Hybrid. The wing mirrors are lifted from the current Le Mans-winning 911 RSR. Inside the gearknob has a laminated wood design, reminiscent of the 917, 909 Bergspyder and Carrera GT. The carbon steering wheel and colour display behind have been cloned from the 911 GT3 R.