We can't wait to see this in action.
Pikes Peak is one of the most prestigious racing events in the world. It's also one of the most challenging and has claimed many an ego over the years. Yet manufacturers and privateers alike continue to test their limits on the twisty Hillclimb. Bentley took a Continental GT there and smashed the record for its class, and Ken Block has also pushed his luck by drifting the high-altitude course. As impressive and as different as both cars are, neither is as gorgeous or as track-focused as the Porsche 935. Owned by Bob Ingram, one example of the hyper-rare track weapon is now getting ready to race up the hill.
Jeff Zwart will be the man behind the wheel and has just completed testing the privately-owned Porker on the 14,000-foot mountain. Although the man hasn't competitively raced the 935 here before, he has raced the course 17 times in 12 different Porsche 911s. He's even set a production record in a street-legal 911 GT2 RS, but he hasn't competed on the course in five years. Interestingly, that's not what Zwart is concerned with. His biggest worry is using things like traction control and anti-lock brakes to his advantage, as his experience lies mainly in old-school cars with no electronic wizardry to assist him.
Nevertheless, his pedigree speaks for itself and we have no doubt that the man will be very competitive on the challenging asphalt. Zwart says that the 935 is "the most comfortable racecar" he's ever driven. He goes on to say:
"It's already so neutral and my engineer has found fantastic balance in the set-up. The combination of the turbo, the bodywork and the Motorsport chassis is wonderful. It's just a case of discovering the limits for me now. Getting beyond exploratory speeds to competitive speeds, which are two very different things!"
We can't wait to see the man push as hard as possible in one of the prettiest racers ever.