Porsche’s head engineer at that time, Helmuth Bott, approached new Managing director with some ideas about 959. Helmuth Bott knew that the company needs a sports car that they could continue to rely on for years to come and that could be developed as time went on.
Launching in the market, statistics of production
The 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show was chosen by Porsche for the unveiling of it’s Group B car prototype. The car was manufactured in two modifications: “Komfort” and Clubsport”. The Komfort modification was the most popular and was optimised for road driving and long cruises. “Clubsport” modification was intended for car race. First customer deliveries of the 959 began in 1987. The car debuted at a cost of $225,000 USD or 420 000 DM per unit at that time, still less than half what it cost Porsche to build each one. In total, up to Year 1988, 292 units of 959 were built.
Design, interior of 959
959 used a body base of Porsche 911. The design of the car was also very similar to Porsche 911, however new bumpers, with integrated air vents (the rear bumper containing two air vents that would create a vacuum behind the car to draw out hot gasses from the engine) and a new rear spoiler and bootlid highlighted the sport silhouette. The shape, after long testing, was honed in the Porsche established “wind tunnel”, that ensured the ‘zero lift’ even in very high speeds – this was very important for car handling. Also the back fenders have contained small air intakes, which were intended for cooling. In order to create solid, lightweight shell, Porsche adopted an aluminium and Kevlar (the roof, fenders were made of this material) composite for body, instead of the steel normally used on their production cars. Kevlar is a material, having very high level of resistance to stretching (if the steel and Kevlar would be compared in respect of weight, Kevlar is 5 times stronger that steel), is especially lightweight, however it is very expensive. The car, made of this material, weighted 1450 kg and was able to achieve high dynamic characteristics. The leather was dominant in the interior of 959 Komfort modification: the pillars, dashboard and seats trimmed in the finest. The interior colour was open to customer specification. However, despite few minor controls, the interior of 959 was almost identical to Porsche 911 model, therefore the customers complained that it was not as exclusive as it was introduced (i.e. Porsche’s greatest car). Clubsport modification had decreased weight and roll cage. The carpets were jettisoned, replaced with thin felt, electric and heated seats were replaced with buckets, and standard harnesses replaced the inertia reel seatbelts. The rear perches were lost altogether, and the rear was dominated by a web of intertwined metal tubing – the roll cage.
Technical innovations and specifications of 959
Porsche also developed the car’s aerodynamics on purpose to increase stability, as well the automatic height level adjustment suspension was installed in Clubsport modification. This suspension had four height levels and (through shock absorbers) might be adjusted considering the conditions of the road: the lowest level was intended for the track and in the highest level 959 could be driven in snow or crossing shallow fords. Porsche strived the car to be used to its greatest ability, no matter what the conditions. The system started off as a ‘Wet and Dry’ only – but later during testing of 959 in Scandinavia, the engineers realised that even the ‘wet’ mode was incompetent in snow. A ‘snow’ option was added.
Porsche didn’t develop a new engine, but improved the existing one. It was installed a “boxer” engine, with 2849 ccm displacement, having 6 cylinders and 2 turbochargers, which block was air cooled and the cylinder heads – water cooled. Twin turbochargers benefitted from ‘multi-stage turbocharging’, in which boost strength was increased or decreased according to engine revs. This provides a lag-free system, and ensured a constant, smooth acceleration.The engine was coupled to a unique manual gearbox offering 5 forward speeds plus a “G” off-road gear (3500:1). Such a engine was also installed into Komfort modification without major changes. Together with Dunlop Porsche created a tire capable to go “without a pressure”. Called the Denloc, the tyre featured much stiffer sidewalls, thus providing continued support in the event of a deflation, allowing a 959 driver to drive 100 miles, with a speed limited to 70 km/h, with a flat. The pressures were monitored by a computer installed at the dashboard, and the driver was alerted to a pressure drop. On purpose to “save a weight”, the spare tyre was not fitted in the 959.
– In 1992/1993, Porsche built eight 959s assembled from spare parts from the inventory. All eight were “Komfort”-versions: four in red and four in silver. These cars were much more expensive (DM 747,500) than the earlier ones comparing to their prices. The cars were sold to selected collectors and today these cars by far the most sought-after 959s;
With the passage of “Show and Display” the crash test requirements were removed and importation of the 959 was allowed, assuming the car could meet the emissions standards applicable in 1987. The 959 can be fitted with a catalytic converter and a rechipped computer which allows it to meet those emissions requirements;
– One of the infamous Porsche 959s is owned by Bill Gates. Built in the mid-eighties it was imported to the US. Since the car didn’t pass the regulations of United States Department of Transportation and United States Environmental Protection Agency during import procedure, it was stored for 13 years by the US Customs at the Port of Seattle, until “Show and Display” law was enacted;
In the UK 959s can be serviced at Porsche Great Britain’s headquarters, also the only service dealership in the country for the Carrera GT. Porsche company offer to supply mechanics to far-off countries for servicing and parts replacement. The cars seem to be reliable enough – which is just as well, as parts and service costs are “draconic”. To give you a little taster, the wheel centres (the plastic piece with the Porsche crest stamped upon it) each cost £700. So you should be prepared to spent £2800 for the set – and that is mainly due to the rarity of the parts.
About the value of 959
Many of 959 nowadays are owned by collectors, however sometimes these cars may be visible on the market for sale in a price range from 200 000 to 300 000 EUR (Year of manufacture 1987/1988). It is impossible to determine the current price of the limited series 959, manufactured in 1992/1993
As we have mentioned above, the conservative figures show that Porsche have retrieved only half of the costs from 959 customers, however, the investments were dividend by other aspect as the Porsche have developed new level of car technologies, and the achievements were used not only in later Porsche models, but outside the company as well. Porsche wheels are popular among car owners and so are the Porsche parts. Porsche comes with alloy wheels that are expensive and need efficient care, since they are subject to road debris, dirt and brake dust coming out of brake pads. Certain Porsche wheels have a unique anodized finish, which may damage easily on cleaning it with a wrong cleaner. Porsche wheels upgrade your car and offer it an attractive look. The wheel’s bolt pattern decides over the compatibility of a car or if it is actually compatible with a car. Other than alloy wheels, Porsche parts also come with black wheels and chrome wheels. Porsche car parts are indeed good for your car as they look well whenever you drive.
Porsche parts are manufactured to address any requirement waterproof car covers. For instance, Porsche wheels may be of numerous styles namely zehn, lemans, mulsanne, tourismo or florio depending on user requirements. In addition, these wheel specs may also change according to the needed car model or type. They are classified into Panamera, Cayenne, 911 and Cayman. Exhaust tube of the Porsche parts comes in many styles and capacities and complements each model. The tube includes Gibson exhaust, Borla exhaust and turbo exhaust. Porsche tail lights are of Light Emitting Diode (LED) beam and come in colors such as dark or light smoke and as clear or tinted tails. Porsche parts include fuel injectors, spacers and air filters, which lend comfort while driving.
Cleaning Porsche Wheels:
- Wash them off using a hose for removing debris and dirt, leaves and mud. Spray water inside the wheel’s arch for removing filth, which may come again after you clean the wheels thoroughly for once.
- Take mild cleaner having correct pH balance and spray it on the wheels to prevent the wheel’s anodized finish from damaging. You may purchase a mild cleaner from any Porsche dealer.
- Gently scrub the center of the wheel using a cleaning brush. Also, scrub on the wheel rim including other areas. Make use of cotton swabs for cleaning areas that are difficult to reach.