Don’t like the glitz and glamor that comes with a race car driver’s career? Well, you need not put yourself through the nonsense of screaming manager and scheming fellow team mates. Just grab yourself this: Porsche 935 Clubsport Race Car, and you will feel like you are in the team, with a pretend race car driver’s career, without those nonsensical stuff.
Unveiled late last month (last week, September 27, to be exact) to much fanfare at the historic “Rennsport Reunion” motorsport event at the legendary Laguna Seca Raceway in California, this exclusive new edition of the Porsche 935 is a 911 GT2 RS-based 700 horsepower beast with a body that pays homage to the legendary Porsche 935/78 Le Mans race car and features a boatload of carbon fiber composite (CFRP) parts.
It stretches 4.87 meters long – thanks to the streamlined extended rear and it is 2.03 meters wide. Porsche 935 Clubsport Race Car is a smorgasbord of Porsche’s best cars.
It has the race car technologies of the 911 GT2 RS, the distinctive wheel arch air vents on the front fairings that helps to hold down the front axle is found on the Porsche 911 GT3 R, the massive rear wing with LED lights is borrowed from the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car, the aerodynamically capped wheels echo those of the 935/78, the side mirrors are found on the current Le Mans-winning 911 RSR, and the exposed titanium tailpipes are modeled after the Porsche 908 from 1968.
And it does not stop there. The interior features a laminated wood design reminiscing of racers such as the 917, the 909 Bergspyder and the Carrera GT super sports car, and the carbon steering wheel, as well as the color display, are from the 2019 911 GT3 R. It’d be right say if you want a piece of those Porsche rides in your life, this is it.
On the drivetrain side, it gets a 911 GT2 RS-based 3.8L straight six twin turbo motor, mated to a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) with rigid gearbox suspension, while handling of this 1,380 kilograms beast is addressed by, among other things, six-pod aluminum monobloc racing calipers paired 380 mm internally ventilated and grooved steel brake discs up front and four-pod calipers and 355 mm discs and Porsche Stability Management (PSM) that includes an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and traction control. But for purists, there is an option to adjust the assistance systems individually, or switched off completely.
Finally, the iconic Martini livery decorated the ‘Moby Dick’ of the 2018. Overall, it should be a ride to own even if you don’t hit the track, but that’s only if you are OK with the asking price of €701,948 (or about US$812,162). Even if you are OK with the exorbitant sticker, you will have to content with the fact that you have to vie for this vehicle with other motoring enthusiasts because, only 77 units will be made. So, If I were you, I’d be reaching out to your trusted local sales person right away.
Anyways, what I have mentioned will not be enough to do justice to this reborn icon and so, the following are the details, straight from the marque itself:
• Single-seater near-standard non-homologated race car.
• Basis: Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2)
• Weight: ca. 1,380 kg
• Length: 4,865 mm
• Width: 2,034 mm (incl. side mirrors)
• Total height: 1,359 mm
• Wheelbase: 2.457 mm
• Water-cooled 6-cylinder aluminum twin-turbo rear-mounted boxer engine and rigid suspension; 3,800 cc; stroke 77.5 mm; bore 102 mm; ca. 515 kW (700 hp)
• 4-valve technology with camshaft adjustment and valve-lift switchover Vario-Cam Plus
• Electronic engine management (Continental SDI 9)
• DMSB-approved 100-cell metal catalytic converter
• Rear silencer with twin tailpipes mounted centrally, Heritage Design
• 7-speed PDK gearbox with rigid suspension and short throw
• Dual mass flywheel
• Internal pressurized oil lubrication with active oil cooling
• Limited slip differential optimized for racing
• Weight-optimized body shell in aluminum-steel composite design with carbon-fiber Kevlar add-on parts to improve aerodynamics and stability
• Rear wing with lights integrated in end plates
• Enlarged air inlets with integrated LED headlights in 4-point design
• Removable escape hatch in roof complying with FIA Art. 275a
• Aerodynamically optimized side mirrors
• 115-litre FT3 safety fuel cell with fuel cut-off safety valve in compliance with FIA Art. 253 in the front, optional with fast-fill coupling
• Welded-in safety cage
• Recaro racing bucket seat with longitudinal seat adjustment and padding system in accordance with FIA Standard 8862/2009
• 6-point safety harness
• Air jack system (three jacks)
• Fire extinguishing system with electronic release unit
• MacPherson suspension strut; forged suspension links, optimized stiffness with high-performance spherical bearings, center-locking wheel nuts; 3-way racing dampers, reinforced tie-rod; Electro-mechanical power steering with variable steering ratio; anti-roll bar
• Lightweight multi-link suspension, strut ball jointed (Unibal); center-locking wheel nuts; 3-way racing dampers; anti-roll bar
• Two separate brake circuits for front and rear axles; adjustable via brake balance bar system
• Six-piston aluminum monobloc racing brake calipers with anti-knock-back piston springs; steel brake discs, internally ventilated with 380 mm diameter, racing brake pads, optimized brake cooling ducts
• Four-piston aluminum monobloc racing brake calipers with anti-knock-back piston springs; steel brake discs, internally ventilated with 355 mm diameter, racing brake pads, optimized brake cooling ducts
• Instrument cluster consisting of COSWORTH ICD with integrated data logger, sport Chrono watch and boost gauge in a vintage finish
• CFK multifunction steering wheel with pit speed limiter and quick-release coupling
• PSM (Porsche Stability Management) with ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control (able to be completely switched off)
• Centre console with map switch to adjust the ABS, ESC, TC and switch between preset tire circumferences
• Porsche Track Precision Race App
• Integrated lap trigger
• Lightweight lithium-ion (Li-Fe-Po-) battery, 60 Ah, leak-proof, mounted in passenger foot well
• Emergency cut-off switch in cockpit and outside left of the windscreen
• Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
• Air conditioning
• One-piece light-alloy forged wheels 11.5J x 18 offset 15.3 with center-locking nut; Michelin transport tyres 29/65-R18
• One-piece light-alloy forged wheels 13J x 18 offset -10 with center-locking nut; Michelin transport tyres 31/71-R18
Agate gray water-based paint; optional: Martini livery
701,948 Euro plus country-specific VAT. Delivery from June 2019.
911 GT2 RS: Fuel consumption combined 11.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 269 g/km
All images courtesy of Porsche AG.