There are some Porsches that motorsport fans will never forget, with legendary designs propelling them to cult status faster than their lap times. Their range of colours might not have made them any faster, but it certainly made them more desirable!
For the second, recently presented generation of the Porsche 935, the design team together with Grant Larson developed seven liveries, providing a new interpretation of a bygone motorsport era.
The new series of racing colours draws from Porsche’s racing success be it in the works teams of the 917 or privateers who drove the 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.
In 1970, the world was amazed as a small closely knit team from Austria won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was the beginning of the super race car Porsche 917, which not only blew the competition away, but also their own pilots.
John Wyer was undoubtedly one of the most successful motor racing team managers. With financial support from Gulf Oil, Wyer secured victory for Porsche with the 917 in the 1970 and 1971 World Sportscar Championship. Even today, many fans still remember the striking blue colour.
The most important 935 model from sponsorship with Sachs, had the number 70. Dick Barbour secured this model shortly before the start of the 24 Hour of Le Mans from Team Kremer Racing, and together with Brian Redman and John Fitzpatrick, managed to fight their way into the lead until heavy rain put an end to their plans. However, Sachs sponsorship continued and, in 1980 for example, Dick Barbour drove another 935 to victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring.
The private motor racing team – Team Kremer – were aiming in particular at aerodynamic improvements of the 935 works version from 1977. Racing pilot Bob Wollek claimed victory in a baptism of fire at the Nürburgring, which brought the sponsor and heating manufacturer Vaillant international prominence. Green Hell is an apt description for both the legendary race track and this 935.
One pilot in particular – Gianpiero Moretti – drove a red 935 of Momo Racing into the history books of motor racing. Whether in Group 5 during the 1,000 kilometre race in Spa, Watkins Glen or Silverstone – this 935 caught everyone's attention.
Bob Garretson and Brian Redman teamed up in a Porsche 935 to win first place in the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona. The sleek black look endured for many more years of successful racing.
John Player Special (JPS)
Another example of the dominant private customer racing team – Team Kremer Racing, from Cologne, North-Rhine Westphalia – is the Porsche 935 in the striking black and gold colour combination, which originated from cooperation with John Player Special. This 935 version left its mark, particularly in Group 5.