The iconic 935 Moby Dick is making a comeback with all-electric power

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The iconic Porsche 935, first unveiled in 1976, made a comeback in 2019, when the German carmaker built a modern version based on the 991-generation GT2 RS. Only 77 were built and sold like hot cakes. Come 2021 and Bisimoto Engineering is working on its own tribute to the iconic 935, this time around in all-electric format and a slightly more modern design. It’s called Moby X, a reference to the old 935/78 nicknamed Moby Dick for its longtail design.

@the_kyza made some concept updates, for the #Bisimoto 935 #Moby_X. Look at those front lights! Ready, @9elevenheadlights x @erlsn.acr ? @ Bisimoto Engineering

Posted by Bisimoto Engineering on Saturday, January 9, 2021

There isn’t a lot of info on this project right now, but we do know that it was designed in collaboration with Acronym co-founder Errolson Hugh and concept design artist Khyzyl Salem.

Although a futuristic take on the 935, the Moby X still carries over a massive amount of styling cues from the 1970s race car.

It features the same sloping front hood and big headlamps mounted on the sides of the bumper, the typical 911 roof, and the muscular rear fenders. The rear bodywork extends several inches behind the rear wheels to create the Moby Dick’s iconic longtail design.

This Electric Porsche 935 Moby Dick Is Going Into Production
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The Moby X also features revised headlamps with slim LED strips, a wider front fender intake, modern side skirts, and a new, transparent spoiler attached to the rear fascia. It also rides significantly lower than the original 935 and the aerodynamic rims are wrapped in low-profile tires. We can also see a pair of lightweight, race-spec seats and a rollcage inside the cabin.

The biggest change lurks under the hood.

While the original 935 was fitted with a twin-turbo flat-six engine, the Moby X will pack electric motors and a battery.
This Electric Porsche 935 Moby Dick Is Going Into Production
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How powerful will it be? Well, to find out we need to look at Bisimoto’s PorscheHub 935 project from 2020. An original 935 fitted with an electric drivetrain, PorscheHub features a single-drive, custom AC three-phase induction motor that produces 637 horsepower. It also includes a 35 kWh battery and it can hit 60 mph in just two seconds. Needless to say, the Moby X will be notably quicker than the original 935.

There’s no specific launch date to talk about, but the Moby X will make its debut later in 2021.

Powertrain electric motor
Horsepower 637 HP
Battery 35 kWh
0 to 60 mph 2 seconds

Porsche 935 history

One of Porsche's most iconic and successful race cars, the 935 was introduced in 1976.

A factory racing version of the 930-gen 911 Turbo prepared for FIA Group 5 regulations, the 935 was an evolution of the Carrera RSR 2.1 prototype that Porsche raced at Le Mans in 1974, but it featured significant modifications on the outside, including a slanted nose, wider rear fenders, and a redesigned rear section. The 935 was raced by Porsche in the 1976 FIA World Championship for Makes with a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter flat-six engine rated at 561 horsepower.

In 1977, Porsche further developed the 935 and began selling the car to privately-owned teams. It was once again raced by Porsche in the World Championship, but privateers also raced it in DRM. The third and final evolution of the 935 was developed by Porsche for 1978. Developed with the 24 Hours of Le Mans in mind, the 935/78 featured a longtail body, so it was nicknamed Moby Dick. Now fitted with a 3.2-liter engine that generated in excess of 600 horsepower, the 935 was the fastest car on the Le Mans straight, recording a top speed of 228 mph.

As Porsche stopped racing the 935 beyond 1978, some teams developed their own evolutions of the race cars. Germany’s Kremer Racing built three versions dubbed K2, K3, and K4 and raced them with resounding success through 1981. The K4 was the most radical version at 800 horsepower and sold for a whopping 400,000 Deutsche Marks. The Porsche 935 remained on race tracks across the world until as late as 1984.

In eight years, the 935 won over 150 races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979.
1976 Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador Exterior
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The 935 was very successful on U.S. soil too, where it won the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring six times each. It remained undefeated in the German DRM championship from 1977 to 1979 and won the 1000km Nurburgring race three times. It also helped Porsche win the FIA World Championship for Makes four times in a row from 1976 to 1979.

Both the Porsche 959 and the 993-generation 911 GT2 are considered road-legal, high-tech successors to the 935.

Source: Bisimoto Engineering

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