Introduced in 1976, the magnificent Porsche 935—the evolution of the Porsche Carrera RSR 2.1 turbo prototype—was a legendary factory racing car, offering the rare combination of drivability, performance, and reliability that Porsche is renowned for. The car would go on to win overall the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s oldest and most prestigious endurance race. By 1984, the Porsche 935 had generated an impressive 150 race wins globally, including Daytona, Sebring and Nürburgring endurance races. It collected over 20 class wins in the process.The secret of its success lay in the air-cooled 2.8-liter 590 HP Type 930/72 flat-six Bosch mechanical fuel injection engine with a KKK Turbocharger combined with a weight reducing wide fiberglass body.
20 Class Wins, 150 Race Wins – The Porsche 935 Dominated
Engineer Norbert Singer and the Porsche team stretched all the racing rules to harness every drop of power legally attainable, ultimately making it the dominant car of the era. Later versions became even more streamlined with aerodynamic nose cone and long-tail body design. With two turbochargers instead of one, the car grew even more powerful, capable of producing over 800 HP.
The 1978 version, with its unique streamlined shape and developed specifically for racing at Le Mans, earned the title of “Moby Dick.” Sadly, it would be the final version from Porsche owing to changing rules and focus at the time.
However, many private teams continued to develop and race their own enhanced versions of the much-loved 935. Extremely rare and sought-after, the K2, K3 and K4 models based on the “Moby Dick” versions by Kremer Racing of Cologne, Germany, are the most famous, rare and sought-after, having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Etched very dearly into the memory of car enthusiasts worldwide, the 935 is truly an incredible car to behold and an honor to drive.
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