Following in the footsteps of the preview I gave recently of Minichamps upcoming Porsche 911 GT3s, I mentioned another Porsche heading up their return to the 1/64 scale world: the 935/19. And now I have one in hand. Well, three actually. But I can’t hold them all in one hand, I’m notoriously clumsy. Anyway, let’s get to it.
Revealed in 2018 at the Rennsport Reunion VI at Laguna Seca, the Porsche 935/19 is a modern take on the legendary 935, using the 911 GT2 RS as a base. Powered by a 3.8 litre, twin turbo flat-six producing 700bhp, the 935/19 is purely a track only car. Eligible for club racing events as well as trackdays. The bodywork is a clear nod to the the 935/78 “Moby Dick” and the exterior is crammed with super cool details celebrating Porsche’s more modern racers: the LED rear lights on the rear wing endplates are adopted from the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car. The side mirrors hail from the 911 RSR and the exposed titanium “cookie cutter” tailpipes are modelled on the Porsche 908 from 1968. Only 77 were built, costing €700,000 plus VAT.
And I can testify that Minichamps have done a superb job of bringing it to 1/64. I mean for a start just look at them.
The colour schemes reflect the real wraps that customers can specify on their personal 935s and each of them looks superb in their own right. And again, they’re another piece of the celebration of Porsche’s motorsport history.
There’s the Gulf coloured number 70 car, proving that when the blue and orange are on an appropriate vehicle that they still look amazing.
There’s also the Martini liveried number 70, an homage to the 935/78s of Martini Racing.
There’s also the number 71 car, with a unique British Racing Green and gold colour scheme designed by its owner. And it’s perhaps my favourite looking of the three.
It’s also the best scheme to show off just how good Minichamps attention to detail is. The paint and decal quality are fab, the contrasting gold turbofan wheels look incredible, the complex 911 RSR side mirrors are complete with mirror piece and the 908 inspired exhausts, 911 RSR mirrors and the 919 wing mounted brake lights have been faithfully modelled. The acres of bare carbon on the real car have also been replicated very well indeed.
And here’s what will be the clincher for so many of you: they roll. And wonderfully. Without a wobble, a catch or a misshapen tyre. They’re a complete package of diecast cool. I suggest you keep a real close eye on the Wbros Instagram account for more info on the Minichamps return to 1/64. But one thing is for sure: they’re aiming at the premium brands and they mean business.