Celebrating 30 years of the famous Porsche 959 model is the main theme at the ongoing exhibition at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, running until 10 January 2016.
It was in 1985 that Porsche came up with the fully-developed version of the 959 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Billed in the automotive industry as the “Super Porsche”, it was produced to comply with FIA homologation regulations for the car to enter Group B rallying. Powered by a 2.85-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six unit producing 450 hp, the Porsche 959 was the world’s fastest production car at the time of its launch with a top speed of 314 km/h.
Several technological features used in the 959 were considered revolutionary in the 1980s. These included the biturbo flat engine with water-cooled cylinder heads, electronically regulated chassis, all-wheel drive system and the aerodynamically optimised body. The production of the vehicle was limited to 292 units and is considered one of the most highly sought-after collector’s vehicles today.
The exhibition also includes one of just 29 vehicles constructed as an enhanced-performance sports version, the Porsche 959 S, and the original 1983 Porsche 959 concept car. Not to forget, there is also the Porsche 918 Spyder and a stunning Porsche 961 – a sports prototype based around the 959.
The special exhibition, “The Super Porsche. 30 Years of Porsche 959.” can be seen at the Porsche Museum, from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm. More information is available online at Porsche’s website. You can also read GTspirit’s review of the Porsche 959 here.