Autoweek archives: Driving the ‘other’ Porsche 959

For this selection of the Autoweek archives, we go back to May 1986 to join Roger Bell on his experience with the Paris-Dakar-winning competition Porsche 959 of Jacky Ickx.According to Bell, “It was a decisive result . . . a 1-2 finish that left Porsche resting on its laurels, nothing left to prove.”The 1986 race was a far different result from that of the previous year, when three Porsches failed to finish the rally. Bell paints a picture of the competition features of the race car from the inside out.Of particular note is the car’s “rally-mode” torque split transmission that would allow the driver to select up to 100 percent of the power to go to the front or rear wheels, with any combination in between.

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