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Taking On America's Most Dangerous Hill Climb In A 700 HP Porsche Race Car

In a hair-rasing video, GoPro releases fresh footage of the modern-day 935 take on Pikes Peak

by Amrit Balraj on June 25, 2024, 10:00

Action cam company, GoPro recently released some thrilling footage of veteran driver Jeff Zwart taking on the spectacular Pikes Peak. This brutal 12.7-mile course features 156 blind turns and climbs to a staggering 14,115 feet. It’s a place where racing legends like Michelle Mouton and Booby Unser have pushed their limits. Jeff isn’t just another rally driver; he’s also a renowned director and photographer. His work includes several well-known automotive commercials and movies like "The Art of Racing in the Rain." He’s also a true motorsport champion, having secured eight class championships and earning a place in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Hall of Fame. He’s a winner of both the U.S. Pro Rally Championship and the Baja 1000.

A legendary car was used to tackle this legendary summit

Back in autumn 2018, Porsche introduced the new 935 at the Rennsport Reunion VI event held at Laguna Seca Raceway, California. This track car pays homage to the legendary Porsche 935/78 with design cues reminiscent of the iconic race car. Limited to a production run of only 77 units, the 935 is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produces 700 horsepower and is intended for club racing events and private track use. The technology behind the car is based on the high-performance Porsche 911 GT2 RS. The 935 boasts a completely new aerodynamic design that pays homage to the legendary Porsche 935/78 Le Mans car.

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Nicknamed "Moby Dick" for its resemblance, the 935/78 featured a long, white body with prominent aerodynamic elements. The wheels feature aerodynamic caps reminiscent of the 935/78, while the LED rear lights integrated into the wing’s endplates borrow from the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car. Similar to its historical inspiration, the 935 features a lightweight and aerodynamic design with extensive use of carbon-fiber composite parts (CFRP). This focus on weight reduction and aerodynamics is evident in the elongated rear end, stretching the car’s total length to 4.87 meters (16 feet) and a width of 2.03 meters The entire ascent is captured on GoPro’s Hero12 Black action cameras which were affixed strategically on different points on the race car. The resulting footage is simply spectacular and a testament to Jeff Zwart’s driving prowess.

Feature Description
Concept Single-seater near-standard non-homologated race car
Base Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2)
Engine Type Water-cooled 6-cylinder aluminum twin-turbo rear-mounted boxer engine with rigid suspension
Engine Displacement 3.8 Liter
Engine Power 700 hp
Transmission 7-speed PDK
Differential Limited slip differential optimized for racing
Weight Approximately 3,042 lbs
Amrit Balraj

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