A Widebody Porsche 996 Slant Nose Makes For An Epic Homage To The Porsche 935
A one-off 935 Flachbau homage, based on a Porsche 996 Carrera, is taking shape and it already looks like a million bucksby Dim Angelov, on
It seems the Porsche 996’s rise in desirability has made it a go-to platform for exciting builds. We recently talked about an epic collaboration between Porsche Club of America and Porsche Classic, which spawned the Porsche 996 Classic Club Coupe. From Crucible Coachworks, Pennsylvania comes another epic 996 project. The slant nose was a distinct option for classic 911s and this 996 makes full use of the design, along with a 935-inspired body kit.
The slant nose, flat nose, or Flachbau first appeared in 1976, on the Porsche 935 race car. The car is one of the most distinctive Porsche models ever made, especially the 1978 model, with its long, aerodynamic rear, earning it the nickname “Moby Dick”. The flat nose was a direct result of Porsche taking advantage of the new Group 5 regulations, allowing the team to change the traditional round headlights for a more streamlined design. As a result, the 1976 Porsche 935 Group 5 race car had a drag coefficient of 0.39. The slant nose eventually made it on the 930 where it featured pop-up headlights but kept the air extractors.
Crucible Coachworks’ project to convert the 996 into what is shaping up to be a 935 homage car began towards the end of 2021 and is well underway. We already see many of the 935 Group 5 race car’s signature design cues. Gone are the “fried-egg” headlights, although the turn-signal cutaways still remain, hinting that this is an early 996 model, with the non-Turbo headlights.
The flat fenders not only look cool, but also increase downforce. The body of the 996 also got wider fenders, although the 935’s staggered set of wheels – 16 at the front, 19 at the rear – will probably not make it on the 996. We also see a 997 GT3 front bumper molded into the body while the turn-signal cutaways house LED headlights, similar to the 2019 Porsche 935 homage car, based on the 991 GT2 RS.
One of the most distinctive traits of the 935 are the rear quarter-panels, overlapping the rear end. At the time of writing, the 996 is getting the final touches on the 935-style quarter-panels, which are styled after the earlier 1976-1977 Porsche 935 Group 5, and not the insane 1978 “Moby Dick” rear end. A tall, motorsports-inspired rear wing is also present. The rear lid has also been modified and is now perfectly flush with the new quarter panels.
The ambitious project, involving a 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera is nearing completion. The goal is for the car to be ready for the Porsche Club of America event on 30 April 2021, before attending the Carlisle Import Nationals, in May. The 935-inspired Porsche 996 will certainly be a sight to behold.
Source: Crucible Coachworks