For those who actually need an Apple automotive and have half one million bucks to spend, there’s a 1979 Porsche 935 K3 Apple-themed racecar up on the market, according to Apple Insider. Apple sponsored the automotive — which is now listed on the market on the DuPont Registry — through the 1980 racing season. Together with the “Apple Laptop” title, the automotive additionally bears the retro rainbow brand and a sticker on its rear bumper that reads “Don’t upset the Apple Automotive.”
In keeping with a 2016 profile of its temporary racing profession on The Drive, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a fan of the concept of the corporate sponsoring a racecar:
It ran solely the 1980 season, ending seventh at Sebring, second at Riverside and Sears Level, and third at Highway America, peppered in between with DNFs. However the Apple 935K3 was a fan favourite, and received a cult following at Le Mans, regardless of retiring after 13 hours. Jobs knew good when he noticed it, and hitching his brand to a Porsche on a world motorsport tour bought the phrase out. It made much more sense just a few months later, when the corporate went public in December, essentially the most worthwhile IPO since Ford.
Apple’s present plans for a self-driving automotive seem to have stalled: the corporate dismissed 200 people from Project Titan, its autonomous car undertaking, final 12 months. The corporate was believed to be shifting its focus to autonomous car tech as an alternative of an precise automotive, however rumors abound an Apple car should still be within the works. Patently Apple famous that the corporate was just lately granted three patents for Project Titan.
Within the meantime, if you happen to should have an Apple-branded car and might afford the $4,415 month-to-month cost, perhaps that is an choice for you.