Exclusive: up close with the Martini racers
As Martini celebrates its 150th anniversary, we got a few of them into the TG studio…
Posted: 02 Aug 2013
Porsche 935/78 ‘Moby Dick'
◦ 3211cc, flat 6
◦ 4 speed manual (100mph in 1st gear)
Possibly the coolest racing car of all time, Moby Dick was the ultimate incarnation of the Porsche 935 Le Mans racer. It started life as a road going 911 Turbo, but massive changes to, well, everything saw it end up as an 845bhp fire-breather. The fastest car of all down the Mulsanne straight in 1978 and, when it raced at Silverstone earlier in the same year, it was only four seconds a lap slower than James Hunt's McLaren.
I drove it at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a few weeks ago. The experience will stay with me for a very long time indeed.