The 935/78 was the ultimate expression of the 911 factory race car before Porsche officially withdrew from motor sport. Raced under the Group 5 silhouette series, great liberties were taken with the design and the result was nicknamed ‘Moby Dick’ for its large size and huge overhangs. Only one 935/78 was built, wearing chassis number 935006, and used by the Martini sponsored Porsche factory racing team.
When the 935/78 was first shown, it didn’t look exactly as it would once it was ready for racing. The prototype had very wide doors, a shape in the side that looked like a supersized NACA duct and a different rear wing. The prototype was nicknamed “Moby Dick” after the big white whale in the famous Herman Melville novel and the name stuck with the car although it was never raced in full white.