Dubai : Porsche Middle East and Africa and Porsche Centre Bahrain are proudly displaying a unique line-up of modern and classic vehicles including the new 911 Carrera S Coupe – at the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, scheduled to take place between April 20 – 22.
In addition to the new 911 Carrera, a model which perhaps best underlines all of Porsche’s engineering excellence to date, there will be a chance for F1 aficionados to catch a rare glimpse of two classics from the company’s legendary museum in Stuttgart, Germany – the 1978 Porsche 935 (nicknamed ‘Moby Dick’) and the 1998 Porsche 911 GT1.
Porsche has taken the 911 Carrera – first shown at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and revealed to Middle East enthusiasts at the November Dubai International Motor Show – and given it a flatter, stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed details. This Porsche has a 100 millimetres longer wheelbase and sits lower to the ground, resulting in even better handling dynamics.
The 911 Carrera S Coupe with PDK accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds or less, and has a blistering top speed of 304 km/h. It is the first passenger car in the world to feature seven-speed manual transmission. It is also the first sports car equipped with an auto start/stop function and electro-mechanical power steering.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe underlines the new era in Porsche history – while the other two vehicles on display – complete with race decals – are a proud indicator of its rich history.
‘Moby Dick’, the stylish Porsche 935 from 1978 makes its regional première at the Bahrain leg of the Grand Prix, and is bound to turn heads.
The 935 was named after the legendary great white whale in the Herman Melville novel, because of its white color and long tail shape optimized for low drag, and as it was the first race-car with water cooled cylinder heads. The vehicle has a top speed of 366 km/h, and a six cylinder boxer turbo engine. Sadly ‘Moby Dick’ didn’t win the 1978 24 hours of Le Mans race which it was designed for, so the ’78 version was consigned to the marque’s museum.
911 GT1 1998
The Porsche 911 GT1 was designed to compete in the GT1 racing class. First unveiled in 1996, Porsche exploited the new race series rule book to the full, and stunned the sports car fraternity with stunning sports-prototype bodywork.
The 911 GT1 ’98 took both first and second place overall thanks to reliability, giving Porsche its record-breaking 16th overall win at Le Mans, more than any other manufacturer in history.
While the F1 cars will undoubtedly turn heads during the race weekend, Porsche is delighted to remind discerning motoring fans attending the Grand Prix of the proud racing history of the brand.