The 1978 Porsche 935/78 Moby Dick is an iconic race car that still stands out to this day. Developed by Porsche and based on the 911 Turbo, the 935/78 was designed to compete in the Group 5 class of the World Championship for Makes. It was a highly modified and heavily reinforced version of the existing 911 Turbo, with a slant-nose body, a widened track and a larger 3.2-litre engine.
The 935/78 earned its nickname “Moby Dick” due to its unique white and blue livery, which was inspired by the white whale in the classic novel. The car was also famous for its massive whale tail spoiler and its wide, flared fenders that made it look more like a Le Mans prototype than a production-based car.
The 935/78 was powered by a 3.2-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that produced around 600 hp and could reach a top speed of around 200 mph. The car was also equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, a limited-slip differential, a dual exhaust system and a lightweight body made of fiberglass and aluminum.
The 935/78 was raced in numerous events throughout the 1978 season, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. It was also driven by some of the greatest drivers in the world, including Jacky Ickx, Derek Bell and Hurley Haywood.
The 935/78 proved to be a successful race car, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1979 and the World Championship for Makes in 1979. It was also successful at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, with the car winning both events in 1979.
Today, the 935/78 is remembered as one of the most iconic race cars of all time. It is still revered by Porsche enthusiasts around the world and its iconic livery is still seen on modern Porsches. The 935/78 is a true classic that will never be forgotten.