Porsche restored former Formula 1 champion Nick Heidfeld’s 959 S – Robb Report

Nick Heidfeld holt seinen aufbereiteten Porsche 959 bei der Porsche Classic Werkstatt in Asperg ab / Porsche AG / Redaktion: Nadine Toberer

Sometimes, if you want a car restoration job done right, you have to turn to the people who built it in the first place.

That is why former Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld appealed Porsche Classic to refresh his beloved 1987 959 S. The whole process may have taken the brand’s heritage department four years, but the all-white copy of the 1980s supercar appears to have been successfully restored to its former glory.

It makes sense that Heidfeld owns a 959, as it is by all accounts a street-legal Class B rally car designed to meet FIA homologation regulations. Equipped with a 2.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six that generates 444 horsepower and 369 ft lbs of torque, the two-door coupe was one of the first high-performance four-wheel drive vehicles. Thanks to this setup, the 959 was able to reach a top speed of 197 mph, making it the world’s fastest production vehicle when it was introduced in 1986. The stripped-down track-focused 959 S or Sport version took it further, with bigger turbochargers pushing power to 508 horses and top speed to 211 mph. However, the car is not just a technical marvel. It is also one of the rarest series-produced Porsches of all time. Only 292 of the car were built in its six years of production, of which only 29 were Sport variants.

Nick Heidfeld in his restored Porsche 959 S

Nick Heidfeld in his restored Porsche 959 S


Porsche Classic worked from the summer of 2017 to December of last year restoring Heidfeld’s 959 S to 1987. The finely tuned machine has only 2,599 miles on it, meaning the mechanical parts are in bad shape after more than three decades. state were wrong. As a result, the Porsche engineers had to renew the powertrain and chassis. The vehicle’s Motoronic engine management system was also modified before Heidfeld bought it, so it had to be restored to its original condition. The car also appears to have been thoroughly detailed, with its dazzling white exterior and gray interior looking brand new.

“I’ve had the privilege of driving many high-performance cars, but driving this high-tech legend is something special for me,” Heidfeld said in a statement. “I was a teenage car fan in the late 1980s and for me this Porsche was always extraordinary. The 959 was the fastest production car in the world at the time and by far the most advanced. So even today it no longer drives like a 30-year-old car, but as a much more modern vehicle.”

Nick Heidfeld's Porsche 959 S's Redesigned PowertrainNick Heidfeld's Porsche 959 S's Redesigned Powertrain

The renewed powertrain


The restored 959 S isn’t the only Porsche in Heidfeld’s garage. The driver, who has racked up 13 podium finishes in his 11-year F1 career, also owns a 996-generation 911 GT2 and a Carrera GT. If one of those cars ever needs serious work, it knows exactly who to turn to for help.

Check out more images of Heidfeld’s 959 S below:

Nick Heidfeld examines his Porsche 959 SNick Heidfeld examines his Porsche 959 S


Nick Heidfeld's Porsche 959 S's Rear FenderNick Heidfeld's Porsche 959 S's Rear Fender


Nick Heidfeld looks at the interior of his Porsche 959 SNick Heidfeld looks at the interior of his Porsche 959 S


Nick Heidfeld's Porsche 959 S from aboveNick Heidfeld's Porsche 959 S from above


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