A Significant Porsche 959 Prototype
Catchpole clarifies that the F9 prototype he is operating is the Porsche 959's analog counterpart. This is because less advanced
technology was employed than in the manufacturing versions. There aren't any anti-lock brakes, power steering, air conditioning, or electronically controlled suspension.
However, what makes this particular Porsche equally remarkable is that it inspired the creation of the highly coveted and uncommon
Sport variation (Porsche produced more Comfort variants of the 959). During a 1987 test drive, the factory 959 Sport accelerated at 211
mph while weighing 220 pounds less than the Comfort. As a result, the Porsche 959 was able to claim the title of fastest production automobile for the duration of its lifecycle.