MONTEREY, Calif. -- Porsche thrilled racing fans on Thursday when it introduced the Porsche 935 at the Rennsport Reunion motorsport event at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.
The 700 hp racer pays homage to the Porsche 935/78 Le Mans race car, nicknamed Moby Dick for its elongated shape, oversized fairings and white base color.
“When we looked at the first sketches of this 935, it was pretty brave thinking,” Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen said.
Porsche also showed off the 911 Speedster Concept for the first time in North America. The open-top concept car is powered by a flat six engine that delivers more than 500 hp. A decision about a series-production version of the 911 Speedster Concept "will be made very soon," the automaker noted.
“This is one of the most exclusive cars we’ve ever built and it’s based on our fastest street car at the moment,” said Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche's vice president for motorsports and GT Cars. “We gave our engineers and designers full freedom.”
The Porsche 935, which is not street legal, is aspirational — in availability and pricing. Porsche plans to build just 77 of the vehicles, with deliveries beginning June 2019.
While U.S. pricing was not disclosed, the vehicle starts at €701,948 ($819,247), before taxes.
Introduced in 1976 as the factory racing version of the Porsche 911 Turbo, the original 935 won the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans overall, and other major endurance races, including Sebring, Daytona and the 1000 km Nürburgring.
The new 935's technology is based on the 911 GT2 RS high-performance sports car. The 935 is powered by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine. Power is transferred to the rear engine via a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung.
The exterior of the new 935 takes design cues from the past. The aerodynamically capped rims echo those of the 935/78, with the LED rear lights on the rear wing endplates adopted from the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car. The side mirrors hail from the current Le Mans-winning 911 RSR, with the exposed titanium tailpipes modeled on the Porsche 908 from 1968.
The knob on the gearshift lever has a laminated wood design and is reminiscent of racers such as the 917, the 909 Bergspyder and the Carrera GT super sports car. The carbon steering wheel and the color display behind it have been taken from the 911 GT3 R from the 2019 model year.