It's not road legal, but who cares.
There are two types of car collectors. The first type buys enthusiasts cars because they enjoy driving their machines as the manufacturer intended. Then you get those who will find low mileage examples of their favorite cars and seal them off, never to be driven, with the exception of a few car shows or Sunday cruises. We can understand if you don't want to daily drive your Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, but when it's a Porsche 935 Martini then come on, you've got to give it some beans.
The Porsche 935 Martini in question is a tribute car unveiled during the fall of 2019 at the Rennsport VI event held at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California. This 935 is a contemporary take on the famous Martini-liveried Group 5 racer which lovingly goes by the nickname Moby Dick.
This car was never intended to be road legal, which means no compromises have been made in terms of achieving all-out performance. Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President of Porsche Motorsport and GT Cars, explained what this car meant for the company and fans alike. "This spectacular car is a birthday present from Porsche Motorsport to fans all over the world. Because the car isn't homologated, engineers and designers didn't have to follow the usual rules and thus had freedom in the development," he said.
The car is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, which is not far from what you get in the upcoming Porsche 911 Turbo but just in overdrive. This setup delivers an astonishing 700 horsepower at 7,000 rpm, and will reach a top speed of 211 mph and sprint to 62 mph in only 2.5 seconds.
The 935 Martini shown here is the second to roll off of the production line of just 77 made and has zero miles on the clock, despite having already been delivered to its owner. Auctioneers RM Sotheby's stated that the owner is a private collector in Monaco. According to them, the car is so new that even the gear shift is still unwrapped.
When first sold, this Porsche had a price tag of $800,000, which is enough to buy nearly fourteen 718 Boxsters and is expected to reach a selling price of between $1.41-1.53 million when it goes on the auction block. The auction will take place online and ends on the 11 of June.