In September last year, Porsche put big smiles on our faces revealing a modern classic. The reborn 935 paid homage to the long-tailed Moby Dick race car from the late 1970s and also celebrated Porsche’s 70th anniversary. What better way to mark a significant occasion in the history of the iconic sports car maker?
Now, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer displays the 911 GT2 RS-based race car in different liveries because – you know – “the range of different colours did not make a Porsche faster, but certainly more desirable.” The new liveries were created by a design team together with Grant Larson, which developed seven variants, providing “a new interpretation of a bygone motorsport era.”
"We have reinterpreted the various racing eras of the 935 using computer design programs, initially orientating ourselves geometrically on the design of the Martini racing version,” Grant Larson explains. “However, we had to recreate all graphical data using virtual reality and finally apply it to the outer skin of the 935. That was very exciting in itself."
There are Porsche race cars that motorsport fans will never forget. Their legendary designs contributed towards achieving cult status just like their best times. The range of different colours did not make a Porsche faster, but certainly more desirable. It holds a special place in the hearts of racing enthusiasts. Like when the Martini white Porsche 935, based on the 911, raced at high speed on the Mulsanne straight of Le Mans, making this Moby Dick also something of a sensation. Or even when a Porsche was designed to resemble a farm animal, its vehicle parts looking more like butchers cuts and the sports car itself being nicknamed the Pink Pig, the enthusiasm among the upper class was incredible.
For the second, recently presented generation of the Porsche 935, the design team together with Grant Larson developed seven so-called liveries, providing a new interpretation of a bygone motorsport era. "The 935 that rolled off the production line included agate grey metal parts and bare off-tool carbon! But that's not all," says Grant Larson enthusiastically.
"We have reinterpreted the various racing eras of the 935 using computer design programs, initially orientating ourselves geometrically on the design of the Martini racing version. However, we had to recreate all graphical data using virtual reality and finally apply it to the outer skin of the 935. That was very exciting in itself."
Icons from motor racing teams
The livery colours of the new Porsche 935, in addition to paying homage to the legendary Porsche Salzburg Team, which for the first time in 1970 secured overall victory for Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, included numerous icons from private motor racing teams who drove the Porsche 935. For example, the legendary Gulf blue of John Wyer's team, the Interscope design by Kremer Racing from the Indianapolis or Daytona circuit, the characteristic black and gold look from former cooperation with John Player Special to the distinct red Momo version, which was successful for the first time in Giro Italy in 1979. Or the homage paid to the Porsche 935 K3 of Kremer Racing and Dick Barbour as well as its sponsorship with the company Sachs. At the very latest, every enthusiast will be thrilled when the turquoise design from cooperation with the heating manufacturer Vaillant is used on the new 935.
"We can hardly wait to see the new 935 on race tracks around the world. Every single livery is very exciting and matches this unique Porsche perfectly like a tailor-made outfit," says Grant Larson happily.