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Porsche shows modern-day 935

The GT2 RS-based model is a limited-edition track-only special.

Porsche surprised fans and enthusiasts by unwrapping a modern-day version of the emblematic 935 race car from the 1970s. Based on the 911 GT2 RS, the second-generation 935 will arrive in 2019 as a limited-edition model.

The idea was never to make the 935 a street-legal car, according to the company. It's for track use only. And yet, it's not built to comply with FIA regulations. Unlike its predecessor, which earned the nickname Moby Dick, the 21st century 935 won't race at Le Mans.

"Because the car isn't homologated, engineers and designers didn't have to follow the usual rules and thus had freedom in the development," explained Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche's vice president of motorsport and GT cars.

When viewed from the front, the 935 falls in line with its slant-nosed predecessor. The front end is wider, longer, and lower than the 911's. The rear end is longer and wider, too, and it wears a sizable wing. Most of the add-ons are made with composite materials like Kevlar and carbon fiber.

Porsche directs our attention to several heritage-laced styling cues. The wheels are designed as a tribute to the ones on the 935/78. The twin titanium tailpipes echo the 1968 908. The wood trim on the shift knob, though not visible in the automaker's press images, is a reference to the mighty 917.

The extended rear end hides essentially the same 3.8-liter flat-six engine found in the 911 GT2 RS. The twin-turbocharged six makes 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. It sends its output to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission controlled by steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

The driver can individually adjust (or completely turn off) the ABS system as well as the traction and stability control systems using buttons on the center console. And, while the 935 is decked out with a roll cage and an on-board fire extinguisher, it keeps the 911's A/C.

Porsche will make 77 examples of the 935 and it's asking over $800,000 for each one. It's not street-legal, so you'll need to live in the vicinity of a race track to enjoy it.

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