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This is the ultra-desirable Porsche race car you’d happily sell a kidney for

Porsche’s 70th birthday celebration continues. After building a tastefully resto-modded 911 for charity, it took the sheet off a modern version of the monstrous, 911 Turbo-based 935 race car that earned the nickname Moby Dick in the late 1970s. The 21st century variant arrives as a limited-edition model developed exclusively for track use. The project…

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This is the ultra-desirable Porsche race car you’d happily sell a kidney for

Porsche’s 70th birthday celebration continues. After building a tastefully resto-modded 911 for charity, it took the sheet off a modern version of the monstrous, 911 Turbo-based 935 race car that earned the nickname Moby Dick in the late 1970s. The 21st century variant arrives as a limited-edition model developed exclusively for track use.

The project represents what is possible when engineers and designers are unfettered by rules save for those they lay down. The menacing 935 isn’t street-legal so it doesn’t need to comply with strict safety and emissions regulations, and it wasn’t designed with a specific race series in mind so restrictions on aerodynamic add-ons and engine displacement never entered the equation. This is as pure as design gets in the automotive world.

The 935 is based on the GT2 RS, the most powerful 911 currently available. Like the original, it wears a sleeker, more aerodynamic body made largely out of carbon fiber in order to keep weight in check. The front end of the car is wider, lower, and longer than stock and it ditches the standard 911’s archetypal round headlights. The back end is much wider and longer, too. It’s fitted with a tall wing for additional downforce and LED lights reminiscent of the ones seen on the Le Mans-winning, record-breaking 919 Hybrid LMP1-spec prototype.

This is as pure as design gets in the automotive world.

Look closely and you’ll spot other parts that channel Porsche’s illustrious heritage. The wheels are a modern interpretation of the ones fitted to the 935/78. The twin titanium tail pipes echo the 1968 908, while the door mirrors are sourced from the 911 RSR. The Martini livery is a heritage-laced throwback to the 1970s.

The carbon fiber steering wheel also comes from the company’s race car parts bin, and it sets the tone for the rest of the interior. Porsche kept two analog gauges and replaced the rest of the instrument cluster with a configurable screen. It fitted a race car-specific center console with buttons used to adjust (or completely turn off) the driving aids like the traction and stability control systems. The 935 offers a single seat in its basic configuration, but enthusiasts who want to share the experience with a friend can order a second seat at an extra cost.

Like the GT2 RS, the 935 receives a 3.8-liter flat-six engine twin-turbocharged to deliver 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Porsche hasn’t released performance specifications but we’re expecting stellar figures. 700 horsepower is a lot in a car that tips the scale at about 3,000 pounds. To add context, the 911 GT2 RS performs the benchmark 0-to-60-mph sprint in 2.7 seconds.

Porsche notes it will build 77 examples of the 935. Pricing starts at precisely 701,948 euros, a sum that represents approximately $816,000. The first customers will receive their car in June of 2019 during what the company calls exclusive delivery events.






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The Last Dead End: Azerbaijan’s first horror game

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The creators of the game are also responsible for Azerbaijan’s first shooter

Video games don’t seem to last long in Azerbaijan. The few that are released are mostly for smartphones, while the rest run up against a number of oftentimes absurd issues.

There was a first-person shooter game by the name of Operation Caucasus, but it ended up embroiled in an LGBT scandal when the Azerbaijani studio Dream Games refused to provide game access to a person who had a rainbow avatar on Facebook. The cherry on top – the company cussed him, too.

The game was deleted from Steam – the largest internet game store available online, and the studio was closed.

Azdimension came out with its Ishgal Altinda [Az. Under occupation] series about the Karabakh war. The project was sponsored by the government. Much to the credit of the developers, they wanted to be known for more than just creators of a game that manipulated feelings in regards to such an important topic. Thus, in 2018, they released the action/horror game Sonuncu Dalan – The Last Dead End.

Young archaeologist Farhad returns to Baku after a lengthy absence where he meets his childhood love Bahar. He also comes into contact with the Avesta, the holy book of the Zoroastrians. Its empty pages come to life as soon as Farhad touches it. Afterwards, gamers run through dungeons, destroy monsters, save the world and somewhere amidst it all, falls deeper and deeper in love with Bahar.

The game was also sponsored by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Sports and Youth, with the possible intent of creating a good PR opportunity for Azerbaijan. The subject is closely connected to Azerbaijan’s history and culture: the name of the protagonist is Farhad (as in Azerbaijani fairytales), while the action takes place in Baku’s historic old town, Icheri Sheher. The game’s mystical elements to the game is also patriotic – Zoroastrianism is the religion of Azerbaijan’s far-removed ancestors.

Farid Haqverdiev is the main programmer and director of the studio:

“I have long wanted to do a game involving old Baku – its narrow and entangled streets work perfectly for a fantasy storyline. And what could be more mysterious than the ancient religion of the fire-worshippers, Zoroastrianism? We found a lot of interesting ideas with our story writers in the Avesta, the holy scripture of Zoroastrianism.”

Developers tried to reproduce Icheri Sheher as accurately as possible. “Even the stars in the sky are a real map,” said Farid Haqverdiev.

I think the studio’s choice in genre was a good one.

Usually, small studios go for horror-themed games, and often the game ends up being some a sort of simulator in which the player barely has the ability to survive the onslaught of monsters.

In this way, The Last Dead End is quite different from its rivals: Farhad makes beautiful use of various weapons, destroying zombies and slashing snakes with enormous axes – and overcoming bosses.

The bosses really turned out spectacularly. An unprepared gamer is unlikely to expect such strong boss battles, and this pushes the player to completing the game.

But here’s where Azdimension failed: in the graphics. The textures are not quite at a modern level, the animations are strange, the streets of Icheri Sheher are empty (this is particularly offensive!) and the few non-player characters are ‘clones’. It is immediately apparent that the budget did not allow for much. However, the developers obviously tried: the darkness hides certain flaws, and reflections have been well-accounted for. Farhad is more or less decent as a character, and the snow levels in Icheri Sheher have been well-replicated, reminding many Azerbaijani gamers of their fond feelings for the location.

Still, we have to admit that the game does not quite reach the same levels as that of its foreign competitors.

The sound was also a bit lacking. A strange decision was made for an Azerbaijani game: it was released in English, and was recorded with poor quality and actors. There are no emotions, with the text simply being read without even a drop of enthusiasm. While fighting with werewolves, cyclopes and zombies, his reactions would lead one to believe that this is just another day for him.

But that’s not to say that the game is all bad. First off, its an original game, not comparable to much else, thanks to its national symbols and motifs, and a reasonably well thought-out story. While the game isn’t necessarily inventive in its use of certain gaming elements, the pieces fit well together and provide coherence.

Secondly, its not every day that gamers have the opportunity to walk about in Icheri Sheher. And third of all, the main thing is that the game has a volatile and exciting atmosphere which it retains until the very end. Not all western games are able to accomplish this.

Here’s what the creators did and did not like about their own game:

“We worked on the storyline the most; we changed the scenario and script a few dozen times until it became coherent, interesting and logical,” says Farid Haqverdiyev. “For that reason, players and myself like the storyline most of all – there almost hasn’t been a single negative review in that regard. I like the atmosphere of the game, the graphics in several locations and the fighting system to a certain extent. I will openly say that I don’t like the graphics in some parts of the game and the animations during the cut-scenes.”

It’s unlikely that The Last Dead End will become this year’s hit, mostly due to a lack of funding. However, it’s still good to hear that Azdimension is working with such ambitions in mind.

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Bungie files mysterious trademark for Matter

A trademark filing in the EU has revealed an unannounced Bungie project: “Matter.” Filed by a UK law firm representing the American company, Matter is filed under the classifications for “video game software” and “electronic games services provided by means of the internet or other communication network.” In other words: It’s a videogame. Will it be…

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Bungie files mysterious trademark for Matter

A trademark filing in the EU has revealed an unannounced Bungie project: “Matter.” Filed by a UK law firm representing the American company, Matter is filed under the classifications for “video game software” and “electronic games services provided by means of the internet or other communication network.” 

In other words: It’s a videogame. Will it be a PC Game? Hopefully. It’s probably worth noting that the second classification can also indicate a service which allows the downloading or playing of games, as unlikely as Bungie launching its own Steam competitor or eSports tournament service seems.

The only other thing of note is the image accompanying the filing, likely the service or game’s tentative logo, which looks like somebody put some words in front of a bunch of exploding spray paint cans.

Thanks to the eagle-eyed posters of Resetera for spotting the filing. 

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Porsche pays homage to Le Mans history with track-only 935

Remember Moby Dick? No, not the “Call me Ishmael,” Herman Melville Moby Dick. Instead that whale-tailed glory that was the Porsche 935/78 that took to the track for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978, complete with Martini livery. Well, Porsche’s decided that retro liveries are the way to go, and have just unveiled…

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Porsche pays homage to Le Mans history with track-only 935

Remember Moby Dick? No, not the “Call me Ishmael,” Herman Melville Moby Dick. Instead that whale-tailed glory that was the Porsche 935/78 that took to the track for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978, complete with Martini livery. Well, Porsche’s decided that retro liveries are the way to go, and have just unveiled the modern-day Porsche 935 at the Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca.

It’s what they’ve described as a 70th birthday present from them, to fans. Only 77 lucky people, however, will get to buy one such Porsche 935. And given that it costs a whopping €701,948 (that’s approximately Rs 7.08 crore), it comes with quite a price tag, and it’s unlikely that most of us have that kind of change lying around in our piggy banks.

This version of the Porsche 935 is a track-only machine, but it’s not really all racecar. It is, in fact, the 911 GT2 RS, with the same 700PS 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine, mated to a seven-speed PDK gearbox. The fact that it makes 700PS means the original Moby Dick out-horsed (or should we say out-whaled it) by 150PS. Incidentally, the original 935 was a racing version of the factory racing version of the 911 Turbo.

But the 935 certainly looks the part. It has a carbon-reinforced plastic bodykit that mimics the 935/78’s iconic shape. And gives it that classic whale-tail look. The wheel-arch vents on the front fairings are meant to increase down force. And the fact that there’s that massive rear wing on it, aids aerodynamic balance, and let’s face it – looks pretty darned good. Add to this the LED lights on the rear, and rear wing endplates straight from the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car, and the Porsche 935 really is something else. They’ve even acknowledged the 911 RSR that took class victory at Le Mans this year by lobbing on the side mirrors from that very car, and the exposed titanium tailpipes are like those from the Porsche 908 from 1968.

Inside, too, there are several little bits that make one nostalgic about erstwhile Porsche racecars. There’s the knob on the gearshift lever with a laminated wood design that is reminiscent of racecars like the 917, the 909 Bergspyder and the Carrera GT Super Sports. The carbon steering wheel and colour display are from the 2019 911 GT3 R. And the car comes with a safety cage, racing bucket seats and a six-point safety harness.

Like the road-legal 911 GT2 RS, the 935 is equipped with PSM (Porsche Stability Management) including traction control as well as an anti-lock braking system (ABS), all of which can be adjusted separately or switched off completely (we hear maniacal laughter), if the need arises.

Price (Ex-Delhi)

Starts Rs 1.38 Crore

Displacement

3996cc

Transmission

Automatic

Max Power(ps)

500

Max Torque(Nm)

460

Mileage

8 Kmpl

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