Weissach has revived the legendary Moby Dick with this new limited edition Porsche 935, an ultra-ultra-expensive track toy for the luckiest 77 people on the planet…
“… There is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men,” wrote Herman Melville in his epic, Moby Dick.
And here come the Germans to prove ol’ Melville right – the beast you see in these photos is the new Porsche 935, a modern revival of a legendary 1970s race car that earned the Moby Dick nickname because of its enormous aerodynamic appendages.
The Porsche 935/78 was developed specifically for the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans exactly 40 years ago. Down the Mulsanne straight the car clocked the fastest trap speeds, faster even then the rival prototype machines from Renault and Porsche itself.
In the build up to Le Mans at a warm-up race at Silverstone, Moby Dick was just four seconds slower than a McLaren Grand Prix car driven by James Hunt. That’s what some 850 horsepower gets you, and a ready-to-run weight of a little over a tonne. Eventually the 935 evolved into such an explosively fast machine, it actually won Le Mans outright beating all the prototypes to the flag in the 1979 running of the famous endurance race.
Four decades on, Porsche is keeping things slightly more conservative for the Moby Dick revival, with a 700 horsepower turbocharged flat-six engine and a double-clutch transmission. Through judicious use of carbon fibre for the entire body and a stripped interior, the new 2019 Porsche 935 weighs 1,380kg, which is about a 100kg improvement over the car it’s based on, the latest 911 GT2 RS.
Compared to the donor the 935 is a fair bit bigger though, since it lives up to its spiritual predecessor with wild bodywork and a massive two-meter wing to increase the overall downforce over both front ends. Even the wheels get the aero treatment mimicking the OG 935/78. You might have also noticed the trick side mirrors which are the low-drag units off the Le Mans-winning 911 RSR.
Porsche continued the homage inside where the new 935 comes with a stripped cockpit and a laminated wood gear knob. The steering wheel is from a 911 R race car, and the roll cage and six-point harnesses provide safety for this track-only model.
For this privilege you’ll have to be quick about it because Weissach is only building 77 examples of the Porsche 935, and remember to set aside $815,000, or a neat three million dirhams. To be specific you’ll even get some change back, because it’s actually AED2.99 million. Bloody bargain.