The Porsche 959 is a sports car manufactured by German automobile manufacturer Porsche from 1986 to 1993. Originally intended to compete in Group B rally racing, it was originally displayed at the 1983 Frankfurt Auto Show. However, it was eventually modified to comply with FIA homologation requirements and was offered for sale as a street-legal production vehicle.
The car was powered by a twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that produced around 450 horsepower. The car was also one of the first high-performance vehicles to feature an all-wheel-drive system.
The Porsche 959 engine was a 2.85L flat-six turbocharged engine that was adapted from the company's Le Mans race car. In order to keep things at away when you blast out on the racetrack, it was both air-cooled and water-cooled. It produced 450 horsepower at a maximum of 6,500 rpm to all 4 wheels, which at the time was supercar territory.
The Gruppe B was the initial moniker given to the Porsche 959 when it was first developed in 1981. It was created as a Group B rally car and then as a road legal production car to meet FIA homologation requirements, which mandated the manufacturing of at least 200 units. When the Porsche 959 was introduced in 1986, it was a technological marvel.
It was the first production vehicle in history to include active suspension. There are still at least one 959 and one 961 in Stuttgart, Germany's Porsche Historical Hall.
Helmuth Bott was the architect of the Porsche 959. On the Porsche 911, the vehicle was based. Aluminum and composite materials were used to create the body. The vehicle had a 0.31 drag coefficient. The car's top speed was 197 miles per hour. The Porsche 959 can reach 60 mph in 3.6 seconds of acceleration.