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911 GT1 3.2 – 544 ch [1998]

It’s Time To Watch A Couple 911 GT1s Roar Their Hearts Out


Porsche’s 1998 GT1 is a little more hardcore than the 1997 version. It has bodywork that is more aggressive, the suspension completely divorced from the road-going roots, the engine boosted to within an inch of death. This thing had one purpose only, and that was to win at Le Mans. Luckily, it did just that.

The prior 993-based GT1s of 1996 were smooth and rounded. That same design was reflected in the 1997 version that swapped the headlights and tail lights for 996 units (or 986, I suppose, as the 996 wasn’t out yet). It was still a mid-engine monster, but both were completely incomparable to the 98 Le Mans winner. Looking at them, and listening to them, back to back is a rare treat. While these two videos are from different channels, 19Bozzy92 and HistoricRacingHD respectively, just play them back to back and it’s like you’re there watching them both run up the hill at Goodwood.

These are great cars with great visuals. Crank up the volume and click the play button.

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The 544-HP Porsche 911 GT1 Evo Was The First Mid-Engined 911

Imagine what this thing costs today.

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9:11 Magazine on the 911 GT1 EVO

Long before the current 911 RSR caused controversy over abandoning the rear-engined layout, the 911 GT1 took things even further. The GT1 EVO was mostly not a 911, it was an exercise in rule bending designed to compete with the Mclaren F1. The rear half of the car was derived from the Group C dominating 962. The front half bore a superficial resemblance to the 993 and 996 generation 911. Some parts were even pillaged from production models. A forward floor pan from a 993 was utilized. The upper shock-mounts for the 962-derived wishbone front suspension were constructed from 993 strut towers, but that is about where the production-basis ended. A pure 911 the GT1 was not, but it was successful.

Interestingly Porsche featured a road-legal GT1 EVO in this video, reminding us that a few road legal versions were produced for homologation. Indeed, of the 46 GT1s built, more than half were originally road legal. A few racing variants have since been converted for road use, in addition to the original 25 road cars. The roadgoing cars have some differences from the pure racing machines, including tamer MOTEC engine management with proper cold-start parameters rather than the TAG system used in the racers.

These radical cars proved successful in nearly all of their variants. The original GT1, which used the 993 nose, won its class in 1995, only to be bested by the Porsche-powered TWR WSC-95. A privately entered GT1 claimed fifth overall, besting the factory-entered EVOs. For 1998 the heavily-revised GT1-98 claimed the top two spots at Le Mans, and indeed GT1 cars grabbed the top seven overall spots at the event.

Porsche’s rule-bending inspired a slew of imitators, including the radical Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR, Toyota GT-One, Nissan R390, and the bizarre front-engined Panoz Esperante. These rule benders, led by Porsche, priced the class out of existence. Escalating costs effectively ended one of the most vibrant periods in GT racing history.

For those interested, John Brooks published an excellent article on the subject several years ago. It really is worth the read if you care at all about the peak of GT racing.

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L’histoire de la Porsche 911 GT1 Evo (1997)

VIDEO. Porsche revient sur l’histoire de la 911 GT1 Evo de la fin des années 1990.

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A Look Back: Developing the 911 GT1

Though this GT racer was built with form following function, it happened to be one of the most stunning creations seen in recent years.

« Stretching the production car rules to the limit, » the 911 GT1 started its life based largely off the design of the 993 GT2, a machine then competitive in classes like the BPR Global GT Series, but not wholly dominant. When McLaren began to steamroll its rivals in that category, which later became FIA GT1, an irked Porsche responded by developing a mid-engined, purpose-built, balanced machine to match the fearsome pace of the Macca.

The Result?

The GT1. The frontal chassis—made from steel—was borrowed from the 993, and the rear took inspiration from the 962. So did the motor: a water-cooled, four-valve Mezger engine with twin turbochargers and roughly 600 horsepower. Thanks to plenty of carbon panels, those ponies only had to propel 2,200 pounds—though Norbert Singer has said the driverless weight was closer to 2,060. Fortunately, there’s archival footage of the development work and we have it for you below.

Carbon brakes made the Porsche 911 GT1 a reliable stopper over the long haul—something which Porsche tested for extensively. Included in some of their preliminary tests: a grueling twenty-seven hours spent pounding nonstop around Paul Ricard. As you can see in the video below, there wasn’t so much as a hiccup.

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