Today we review a story that you may not realize you've been a part of or maybe even inspired by. In fact, you may not know it was even real. You've probably seen a movie or two about a Porsche 911 and a Datsun 280Z. Maybe you played Midnight Club: Street Racing on Playstation or countless other highway racing games that featured similar cars or watched a video about driving up and down mountains like Initial D. Then this story is for you.
In 1979 Japan was becoming the 2nd largest economy in the world. As cash rolled in, so did the desire to show it off. What did they spend it on? Cars. This lead to many clubs of street drivers forming, all jockeying for dominance on the winding streets and highways. That is until Mid Night came along. A club of drivers that focused on speed and performance. Just to become a member was an arduous process sometimes taking years to acquire the coveted silver sticker. Losing once meant you could be kicked out. When a crash forced them from their favorite roadway they found the newly paved Wangan highway way to be the best. Here they continued their search for the fastest cars.
The 911 seemed specifically built for this purpose. It's unique engine layout and high speeds were exactly what drivers wanted. This would lead a man named Yoshida to build the ultimate 911, working directly with Porsche to accomplish this goal. A 911 focused specifically on being the fastest on the streets.
Never before had anything like this happened and it seems today it would be unheard of if not completely impossible. The legend that this street bred competition created would inspire movies, video games, and a followers the world over who didn't even know the story that actually took place. Here is the story of the most infamous Porsche 911 every created.