The greatest longtails… in the world
Le Mans is almost upon us. Time to pay tribute to some of the maddest-looking racers to take on the 24 hours…
Posted: 14 Jun 2013
1978 Porsche 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’
There is a 911 under there, we promise. One of the most famous racing cars of all time the 935/78 ‘Moby Dick’ was developed as a second-string attack, behind the prototype 936s in the 1978 Le Mans.
Seen at the time as a last hurrah for the 911 — Porsche was all about front engine cars in the ‘70s — it exploited Group 5 regulations to the max, some five ins lower overall than a ‘regular’ 935 and featured extraordinary aerodynamic extrusions below and ahead/behind of the front/rear wheel centre lines, as the rules allowed. And it was quick, dominating its debut race at Silverstone and qualifying third at Le Mans where it was actually quicker — at 235mph on the Mulsanne than the 936 and that year’s winning Renault.
Sadly it blew its water-cooled (another first) engine before the race and never really got its practice mojo back, eventually finishing eighth. Still, look at the works Martini Colours, eh?