It used many high-tech components such as an electronic all-wheel drive system as it was designed to compete in Group B rallying. The road-racing variant of the 959 - the 961 - competed and was successful in the Paris-Dakar Rally as well as in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed
The 959 is featured in Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed as a Class 1 Golden Era car. In the PC release, it appears as an add-on vehicle.
It is as quick and powerful as the Porsche 911 Turbo (993) and more stable than rear-engined cars without all-wheel drive.
As with all other add-on cars, the 959 cannot be purchased, upgraded or tuned under normal circumstances, which makes the "supercar" somehow uncompetitive in-game.
Need for Speed: World
It was released following a "Create-A-Porsche 959 Contest" held from April 20, 2010 to April 25, 2010. 3D Modellers had the chance to send a 959 3D model to Black Box with the best entry being placed into the released title. The winning model was created by Svyatoslav Gampel.
The Porsche 959 is an above average A class vehicle due to its low weight and highly responsive handling, which comes at the expense of oversteer in turns. Its acceleration is sub-par, when compared to similarly ranging Porsches and overall somewhat lacking for a A class car. Top speed is 186 mph (300 km/h).
The Year One style is a art director car that costs 5000. It was released on July 26, 2011 and could be purchased for the duration of the 1st Anniversary event.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
The 959 appears in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) as a Super Series racer vehicle, and as an SCPD Rapid Deployment unit as part of the Porsche Unleashed pack for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 releases.
|Purchase the Porsche Unleashed pack||Super Series||197 mph (317 km/h)||CLASSIFIED||AWD|
|Purchase the Porsche Unleashed pack||Rapid Deployment||450 bhp @ 6,500 rpm||3.7 seconds||1998|
- A free 959 rental code was temporarily available for players of Need for Speed: World on August 5, 2011. The code initially featured a permanently storable 959, although this was later fixed.
- The Porsche 959 in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) can be selected with either a Graphite Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Silver Metallic or White Pearlescent body paint colour.