It was a great day on the track when the Porsche 935 was introduced back in 1976. The 935 raced in the Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, IMSA, and the World Sportscar Championship. The 935 and the 930 were twins one built for the race track the other for the street.
It was the Martini work team that debuted the 935 as a Group 4 car. But soon is moved to the Group 5 class for racing which mean many modifications could occur. Modifications like a larger wing, water cooling, and wider axles were all allowed to name just a few of the changes that occurred.
The 935 was a car that morphed often changing its looks on a regular basis. For example it started with a whale tail rear wing and then the rear fenders were extended in the same manner. It was originally going to run with two different noses but then the plan changed and only the aerodynamic version was used.
The original engine was a 560 hp 2.85 L engine a version of the 3.0 L flat 6. The Porsche factory continued to work and develop the 935 to make it the optimum race car. 1977 saw a single turbo dropped for a double KKK unit and even the body got a bit of a makeover.
The 1978 model is fondly referred to as the Moby Dick because of the body shape. It had a long front and rear which provided minimum drag. It had the larger 3.2 liter water cooled engine with four valve cylinder heads and a whopping 750 hp.
The 935 K3 was driven by Klaus Ludwig and even with the torrential downpours he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1979
By 1984 the 935 had won more than 150 races around the world as well as 20 class wins. Those races included the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sebring 12 Hours, Daytona 24 Hours, Nürburgring Nordschleife, and 1000 km Nürburgring.
The 935 was a Porsche that saw many changes over its life. These changes not only affected the look of the car they also affected the performance of the car. The 935 was the racing version of the 930 street car. And the 935 was so popular it can even be found in the movie called the “Cannonball Run.”
Porsche began back in 1938 with many of the components of the Volkswagen Beetle. Today Porsche is definitely a company that knows how to weather a changing market place and remain financially stable throughout the process. At a time when many of the European automobile manufactures have relocated their headquarters Porsche remains strong in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and the Cayenne and Carrera GT are now being manufactured in Leipzig located in eastern Germany.
Over the years there have been many successful Porsche models and the 935 is just one of those. If you are looking to head to the track the 935 is a great choice and remember if you want that street version check out the 930.