Petrolheads of Singapore, please extend a hearty welcome the Porsche 935, the brand's birthday present to itself on the occasion of its 70th anniversary that was first shown at the 2018 Rennsport Reunion.
The lightweight (is 1380kg light enough fer'you?), clubsport racer extravaganza and modern-day 'Moby Dick' is based on the 991 GT2 RS and powered by the same twin-turbo'd 3.8-litre flat-six, but modelled in homage to the original 'Moby Dick', the 935/78 Le Mans racecar.
This particular example is number 62 of just 77 units produced, and because it isn't road-legal, it's not like you'll spot another one of these fantastic beasts easily in the wild. However, you'll be pleased to learn the 935 will be on display at the Porsche booth during the 2020 Singapore Motorshow that runs from 9-12 January.
If anything we reckon the 700hp (incidentally, this ultra-exclusive track-only sportscar also costs €700k before taxes) rear-drive track-monster will mostly be on display or paraded out during exclusive track-days.
“This spectacular car is a birthday present from Porsche Motorsport to fans all over the world,” says 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.”
Like its historic and very epic predecessor, most of the 935's body has been replaced or supplemented by carbonfibre composite parts. With its streamlined extended rear, the 935 is 4.87m long and 2.03m wide.
Best of all are the elements on the car that are inspired by race-winning vehicles in Porsche's history.
On the exterior, the aerodynamically capped rims recall those of the 935/78, while the LED rear lights on the rear wing endplates are adopted from the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car. The side mirrors are reminscent of the ones on the current Le Mans-winning 911 RSR, and the exposed titanium tailpipes modelled on the Porsche 908 from 1968.
Inside, the laminated wood design gear-knob on the gearshift lever recalls the ones in the 917, the 909 Bergspyder and the Carrera GT super-sportscar. The carbon steering wheel and Cosworth ICD (Integrated Colour Display) have been taken from the MY19 911 GT3 R.
Porsche Singapore was kind enough to offer TopGear Singapore a private audience with Moby Dick ahead of the Singapore Motorshow – a pre-show peep-show, if you will – but only if we promised to keep the harpoons at bay since we weren't supposed to be whale-hunting.
Instead, we decided to invite three readers, who aren't just huge Porschephiles, but also photography buffs, to a closed-door session with the 935, just so that our readers can enjoy three different petrolhead perspectives to Moby Dick. Enjoy!
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