The Porsche 959 is a rear-engined supercar manufactured by Porsche between 1986 and 1993, first as a Group B rally car and later as a road-legal production car designed to satisfy FIA homologation regulations requiring at least 200 road-legal units be built.
The Porsche 959 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9L (2,849 cc) flat-6 engine that produces 444 hp (331 kW) and 369 ft·lb (500 N·m). The engine is rear-mounted and the car is all-wheel-drive.
The 959's engine was developed from the "Moby Dick/Porsche 935" race car and redeveloped slightly fro the short-lived Porsche Indy Car and several other projects before finally being tuned for the 961, the 959's racing counterpart. The water-cooled four-valve cylinder heads, in tandem with the air-cooled cylinders and sequential turbochargers, allowed Porsche to extract 444 hp (331 kW) from the compact, efficient, and rugged power unit. The use of sequential twin turbochargers rather than the more usual identical turbochargers for each of the two cylinder banks allowed for smooth delivery of power across the power band, as a departure from the abrupt on-off power characteristic that acted as a hallmark feature of Porsche's other turbocharged engines of the period. The engine was used, virtually unchanged, in the 959 road car as well.
In order to have a lightweight, rugged shell, Porsche adopted an aluminum and Kevlar composite for the body along with a Nomex floor, resulting in a weight of 3200 lb (1451 kg) that helped the 959 achieve its high performance level.
Porsche also developed the car's aerodynamics, which were designed to increase stability, as was the automatic ride-height adjustment that became available on the road car. Its "zero lift" aerodynamics were critical to keeping it drivable. The 959 also featured Porsche-Steuer Kupplung (PSK), which was at the time the most advanced all-wheel-drive system to have been used in a production car. Capable of dynamically changing the torque distribution between the rear and front wheels in both normal and slip conditions, the PSK system gave the 959 the adaptability it needed both as a rally race car and a road-going supercar. Under hard acceleration, the PSK could send as much as 80% of available power to the rear wheels, helping make the most of the rear-traction bias that occurs at such times. Power bias could also be varied based on road surface and grip changes, helping maintain traction at all times. The dashboard featured gauges displaying the amount of rear differential slip as well as transmitted power to the front axle. The magnesium alloy wheels were unique, being hollow inside to form a sealed chamber contiguous with the tire and equipped with a built-in tire pressure monitoring system.
Upon its introduction, the twin-turbocharged 959 was the world's fastest road-legal production car, with a top speed of 195 mph (314 km/h); the sport model could reach 197 mph (317 km/h). The 959 was tested to perform 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds (both Komfort and Sport versions).
The Porsche 959 debuted during the Porsche Update as one of five Porsches in the Porsche Motor Series. Within the sequence of five special events, the Porsche 959 was unlockable via a Championship which appeared as the second event in the series.
The Porsche 959, although technically a high-mid Class D car, can be thought of as a high-end Class D car due to its unusually extreme performance. It features every statistic pushed to the extreme, except for its top speed without nitro (raw top speed), which is abysmal. This is its only downside.
At MAX + PRO, the Porsche 959 is placed in direct competition with the Donkervoort D8 GTO, which is the second last car in Class D. Peculiarly, the Porsche 959 and Donkervoort D8 GTO have the same final rank with a Tuning Kit added; 1330 + 77 = 1407 for the Porsche 959 and 1365 + 42 = 1407 for the Donkervoort D8 GTO. Both cars can outrun most of the 10 or so other Class D cars that have slightly higher total top speeds, due to possessing extremely outstanding performances in all other aspects. However, one car, the Mazda RX-8, can consistently beat both the Porsche 959 and Donkervoort D8 GTO by 1-3 seconds on all maps, due to being more than 7 mph (10 km/h) faster with good performance in all other aspects. Also, peculiarly, the Mazda RX-8 has a final rank of 1407 as well, if tuned to MAX + PRO + 0808 Elite-Tuning, without a Tuning Kit.
In terms of the Porsche 959's other performance aspects, it has outstanding drifting, nitro efficiency, and acceleration (1.5 sec. at MAX + PRO), similarly to the Donkervoort D8 GTO, along with decent handling. The Porsche 959's nitro efficiency competes with the Donkervoort D8 GTO's for the title of the second best in the game, being rated at 6/8/10, as opposed to 4/8/12. The best in the game is the Peugeot RCZ R's, rated at 5/8/10. This is all in comparison to the 6/9/12 of the Renault DeZir, 5/10/15 of the Range Rover Evoque Coupe HSE Dynamic, or even the abysmal 10/15/20 of the Dodge Dart GT, at the other extreme. The Porsche 959's extreme acceleration is greatly due to its large nitro.
The Porsche 959's total top speed is higher than cars of the same rank because of its low starting rank, which gives it a large Tuning Kit bonus, and its huge nitro. The Porsche 959's nitro is the third largest in Class D, behind the Renault DeZir and Ford F-150. Continuing the trend started by the Ford F-150, the Porsche 959 has an increased total top speed when compared to cars of the same rank, due to its handicap of a very low raw top speed. However, this handicap doesn't actually affect the Porsche 959 most of the time, due to the Porsche 959's extreme nitro efficiency. This means that the Porsche 959 is essentially exploiting a loophole in the game's speed distribution mechanics. For some reason, Class D is the only class which follows this rule; in fact, all heavily nitro-based cars from Classes C to S have reduced total top speeds when compared to nearby cars. This is probably because faster cars are less reliant on nitro speed and nitro efficiency, and more reliant on raw top speed and acceleration (with nitro being a key factor in acceleration).
The Porsche 959's real top speed is masked by a positive speed modifier of 100.03%, meaning that its real top speed is slightly higher than what is falsely displayed on the speedometer. This doesn't give it any performance advantage.
Usage (Multiplayer) Edit
The Porsche 959's exaggerated performance, large nitro, and low starting rank allow for it to become extremely deadly in Multiplayer. Even though the Porsche 959 has a significantly higher starting rank than its two Multiplayer-dominant Class D rivals, the Renault DeZir and Ford F-150, the Porsche 959 also benefits from very low rank-weightings on its raw top speed and nitro, allowing it to match or better those two cars' performances at low ranks. Altogether, the Porsche 959's total top speed only contributes to 50% of the ranks gained from upgrades, with the other 50% stored in acceleration and handling. The Porsche 959 reaches its maximum possible speed of 226.3 mph (364.4 km/h) at rank 1157.
The Porsche 959 is the fastest car in the game from around ranks late 800 to early 1000. It takes over from the Ford F-150, which is the fastest car in the game from ranks early 500 until around mid 800. After this, the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Special Edition is the fastest car in the game from ranks early 1000 right until the late 1700s (early 1800s). The Porsche 959 simultaneously dethroned the Renault DeZir and Range Rover Evoque Coupe HSE Dynamic as the fastest car in the game at ranks 800-1000 upon its debut.
For a Multiplayer tune, the combination of 0405 0000, at rank 911, was popularized due to it being the "minimum" upgrading sequence required to complete the Porsche 959's Championship without auto-passing levels. In general, the Porsche 959 should be upgraded in nitro first, then in raw top speed. However, with the Tuning Kit boost considered, it is actually a better idea to upgrade MAX raw top speed before PRO nitro since the Tuning Kit speed boost increases with MAX upgrades and not with PRO upgrades.
Upgrading sequences after the MAX upgrades follow through different PRO upgrades based on a variety of factors. The first obvious choice is the suspension, which avoids the heavier ranking points of acceleration in favor of the lighter ranking points of handling. However, after this, the next best choice is a toss-up between tires and exhaust. The former gives slightly fewer ranking points for the same amount of speed, in addition to boosting the ever-lacking raw top speed of the car. The latter gives slightly more ranking points for the same amount of speed, however, it gives more acceleration and more nitro, which also further boosts acceleration; of course, the car's acceleration is already very high, to begin with.
Best low-tunes (900-1000) for the Porsche 959:
- 0405 0000 (D911), TTS = 201.1 mph (323.6 km/h), RTS = 143 mph (230.0 km/h)
- 0405 0500 (D955), TTS = 207.5 mph (333.9 km/h), RTS = 143 mph (230.0 km/h)
- 0505 0500 (D982), TTS = 210.9 mph (339.4 km/h), RTS = 146.4 mph (235.6 km/h)
0505 5502 (D1042), with a speed of 217.1 mph (349.4 km/h), is the minimum high-tune for the Porsche 959 to compete with the C1000-1100 Range Rover Evoque Coupe HSE Dynamic without struggling. Compared to the Range Rover Evoque Coupe HSE Dynamic's most popular tune, 0400 5050 (C1065), with a speed of 217.2 mph (349.6 km/h), the Porsche 959 travels very slightly slower concerning total top speed and much slower concerning raw top speed, which is at 150.9 mph (242.9 km/h) as opposed to 198.6 mph (319.6 km/h). However, the Porsche 959 possesses a better nitro efficiency, which can prevent the nitro from ever running out, especially if an Extra Tank is used. The superior nitro efficiency can also allow the Porsche 959 to use level-3 nitro constantly, which gives the Porsche 959 a boost for its already outstanding acceleration. This means that a D1042 Porsche 959 can out-accelerate a Range Rover Evoque Coupe HSE Dynamic which is 23 ranks higher while traveling at roughly the same speed.
Note that there may be some delay with tuning past 0405 0000, due to a lack of High-Grade Engine cards for the Porsche 959. In this situation, it is recommended that the player doesn't upgrade level 5 top speed until the suspension is fully upgraded, even with a lack of Engines.
Usage (Other) Edit
Because the Porsche 959 is so good for Multiplayer, it is not recommended to fully upgrade this car for TLE purposes, despite its very good performance. The Donkervoort D8 GTO should be used as a MAX + PRO "clone" of this car, instead of fully upgrading the Porsche 959 itself.
The Porsche 959 costs 1,100 to purchase, according to the game's internal data. Otherwise, the car must be assembled with 14 Porsche 959 BP cards. Assembly of the car takes 2 hours unless skipped with tokens. Maxing out the 959 costs 816,820 or 6,215, the same price as that of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2016 Veloce. The 959's Pro Kits require 457,700, 11 of each Class D Parts card, 16 High-Grade Engine cards, 10 Initial Tech cards, and 10 Early Tech cards.
For a limited time, it is possible to purchase Porsche 959 Full BP Pack, which contains all 14 Blueprints required to build the 959, at cost of 1,600, 500 tokens higher than the hidden purchase price.
Starting June 15, 2017, the Porsche 959 was made permanently available in the Garage. Between July 8 and 11, 2017, the 959 was made temporarily available instead in the Garage with a time-limited purchasable box that would give out all the car's Blueprints.
- Main article: Championship/Porsche 959
The Porsche 959 Championship was the second event released as part of the Porsche Motor Series. It was released on June 15, 2017, after the Porsche Cayman GT4's Championship. The following 8 Tours must be completed in 7 days once the Championship is started: Alps, Patagonia, French Guiana, Rio de Janeiro, Tenerife, Tokyo, Venice, and London.