"We thought we were going to build a super-911," said Peter Schutz, former CEO of Porsche AG of the development of the Porsche 959. That was before it started getting expensive. At that point, Helmuth Bott, Porsche R&D director got frightened. Costs ballooned because of the all-wheel drive, sequential turbocharging and other technology Porsche had never even thought about when it set out to build a 911 to compete in Group B. Schutz continued, "The amount of resources we were committing got totally out of hand." Instead of pulling the plug, Bott doubled down and drew on the strength of his brilliant team to build a car whose impact is still echoing aross the industry.

"It's probably one of our most prized possessions" says Don Leatherwood, Director of the Brumos collection where Dr. Bott's personal prototype resides, and where Frazer Spowart went to see the car and create a video for eGarage. Check out the sights and sounds of the 959 before it was the 959, and get personal takes on the car from Hurley Haywood, Peter Schutz and Don Leatherwood. Keep reading to see the video.



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      Aowolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wasn't around when this car was being produced but as I grew older and began to gain an interest in cars, I stumbled upon the 959. I remember reading the specs and thinking it was a misprint. "It did THAT in 1986!" It seems that cars of this caliber are extremely rare.
      SLR722GT
      • 1 Year Ago
      AHHHHHHHHHHH love that car
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want sooooooooo bad
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you brought this car to market today it would look modern.
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great video. Way too short! I'd forgotten about the RE71s. I'd bought a set for my quattro for the fact they were designed for the 959.
        wjreiss4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JayP
        RE-71's were designed for the 959. I put them on my 911 :-)
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think I would rather have a blast in the Brumos liveried 917/10 in the backround. The 959 Group B was a electronic and technical marvel, but the 917 Can Am cars were just plain nasty beasts. No electronics, just big tires, big wing, big power, low weight and a 4 speed box. Porsche had the ability to cut you with a scalpel or bludgeon you with a sledgehammer (with the invaluable assistance of Mark Donohue and Roger Penske).
      rick k
      • 1 Year Ago
      ....and for those lucky few that have been invited to tour the sacred Brumos "museum" now you know why it costs so much to service your Porsche, Mercedes or Lexus!! Someone has to pay for all their "toys" ....and it's YOU!
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      Alex Butti
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, what a piece of art!
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      VL00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome car, the performance was mind-bending when it came out
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