Adam Carolla Spins His Ex-Paul Newman Porsche 935 At Laguna Seca!

For those not familiar with Adam Carolla from CarCastthe former host of The Man Show and Loveline is crazy about cars. So obsessed with cars, specifically IMSA giants from the ’70s and ’80s, that he picked up one of Paul Newman’s old Porsche 935s for a cool $4.4M back in 2016 — a kingly sum he had to sell a collection of vintage Lamborghinis for.

Fortunately, Carolla hasn’t put this Le Mans class winner in air-conditioned storage to keep it pristine, but rather, he’s decided to thrash it just like its former owner used to. As a result, the Hawaiian Tropic-liveried 935 has become a regular sight at Laguna Seca and Goodwood over the last few years. Carolla shows no signs of slowing as he threads it through a field of fast Porsches at this year’s Rennsport in the footage above.

Still, it seems to take more than a couple of years to master a car like this; a twin-turbo 935 is something that does take a talented hand, as we learned recently in this interview with German GT and touring car driver, Ulrich Andree. Not only is there an abundance of power — some 589 horsepower and 437 lb-ft of torque, which is made quite progressively for the era — but, it does not have a lot of aerodynamic downforce. The bewinged body does keep the car stable at higher speeds — but not so planted that long lifts off the throttle don’t have consequences.

Carolla discovered this last weekend, where, after threading through a pack of less potent Porsches, he looped it easing the car into Turn 5. A fast, uphill left, this corner requires an early commitment and a confident management of the car in the middle and exit of the corner, where it can understeer just as easily as it can oversteer, due to a hint of adverse camber.

Unfortunately, Carolla dithered. The temperamental 935 clearly requires a strong grasp of the reins. Lingering indecisively off the throttle with the car loaded up in a quick corner caused a bit of lift-off oversteer that quickly became an irrecoverable spin.

Carolla gathers himself after spinning into the dirt outside of Turn 5.

Still, you’ve gotta tip your hat to a guy who pushes such an expensive icon this hard. With its history and his reverence for the late actor and racer, you can bet Carolla’s sentimentally attached, to say the least. To put it in the dirt at speed, then continue seemingly unfazed, is admirable.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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