After its debut in 1985 at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Porsche 959 was the German automaker’s attempt to enter a Group B rally homologation stage. Upon release, it was one of the most successful vehicles. more advanced than the world has ever seen with technologies like variable ride height and variable all-wheel drive. Instagram artist and automotive enthusiast Futurecarsnow posted a render of what a modern version might look like.
We know it’s all fun and fun, but the concept appears to be based on the latest Porsche 911 Turbo S. We bet the artist went with this model as a tribute to the 959’s 2.8-liter flat-six with 444 horsepower (331 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 newton-meters) of torque.
The style looks relatively pedestrian compared to previous renderings we’ve looked at; the only distinguishing feature that sets it apart from any other 911 Turbo S is the rear spoiler inspired by the original vehicle. While the rendering isn’t that spectacular, it definitely remains in the vehicle’s philosophy to let performance speak – a complete detour from the overflow of the ’80s.
Aside from its failed Group B efforts due to the category deemed too dangerous, not all was lost for the German manufacturer. Although it did not get its 15 minutes of fame in this series of races, the 959 was victorious in the 1986 Paris-Dakar Rally, taking first, second and sixth places. In addition to his renown in rallying, he was able to secure a class victory at the 1986 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 7th overall.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, sports car racing is in a period of transition, so the return of the 959 would certainly be a fairy tale. Regardless, the original vehicle retains its mystique as being one of the fastest and most advanced vehicles of its time.