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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.

1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution –

1998 Porsche 911 GT1-98 –


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Porsche 911 GT1-98 Screams and Whistles at Goodwood

For the 1998 season of the FIA GT championship, the rules regarding production car requirements were all but scratched. Finally, the second wave of GT1 machines were labeled for what they really were: thoroughbred prototypes.

The car, not surprisingly, accrues speed like nothing else.

Without regulations cramping the style of the designers, the latest GT1 could be everything they wanted the original production-based car to be. As such, The GT1-98 was so much more than a modified road car with its engine in the middle instead of the rear. This car featured Porsche’s very first full carbon fiber monocoque chassis, longer bodywork for better high-speed stability, and the six-cylinder engine’s displacement was bumped slightly. Now, with a sequential gearbox controlling the action (note the absence of a shift lever inside the GT1’s cockpit—quite a rare sight), the Porsche GT1 could take the fight to the advanced Toyota GT-One and Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR.

Rules Restrict Racing Results

However, FIA-imposed ruled regarding intake restrictors hampered the GT1-98’s performance considerably, and the normally-aspirated entrants, namely the CLK GTR, benefited from these regulations. As a result, the GT1-98 couldn’t quite match the Benz or the Toyota on raw pace, but due to superior reliability and a spree of rivals’ breakdowns throughout Le Mans 1998, the GT1-98 took first and second places. Even with their back against the wall and a significant performance handicap, Porsche proved their mettle once again when mechanical attrition became the deciding factor.

With high-fidelity audio giving us a better impression of this Porsche’s character, we can hear the twin-turbocharged six has no difficulty spinning the wheels off the line at Goodwood. Despite being technologically sophisticated, the GT1’s only nanny system is ABS. Without traction control, the boost overwhelms the rear slicks and rewards the listeners with a raspy bark and the titter of the turbochargers. In fact, this was the GT1-98’s weak point; the lack of engine flexibility limited its performance in slower corners and chewed up tires faster than its naturally aspirated rivals.

It’s fair to say that was likely its only weak point.


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Ride Onboard Adam Carolla’s Porsche 935 Up The Hill At Goodwood

You don’t need any words to appreciate the incredible soul and timeless performance icon that is Porsche’s 935. In this video Adam Carolla drives his bright red Turbo Terror up the hill during the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend. There isn’t any voiceover or music or background track, and that’s frankly the way we like it. This 935 can speak for itself with a muffled flat-six wail, the chirp and whoosh of a turbocharger, and the occasional squeal of a track-oriented brake pad on a rotor. It’s a short run up the hill, taking just a couple minutes, but it’s mesmerizing from the get go.

You may recall that Carolla purchased this car back in 2016 during Gooding & Co.’s Monterey auction for a whopping $4.8 million dollars. Since then, he’s had the 935 out on track occasionally, which we absolutely commend. While the turbocharged Porsche racer, which won at Sebring, Daytona, and Le Mans, usually lives in Carolla’s California collection, he had it shipped over the the UK for this short run up the hill. It was an momentous occasion, and we’re ecstatic that he continues to drive this Porsche as it was meant to be. He may not be the fastest driver to ever step behind the wheel, but he and the 935 are living their best life.


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Near-Priceless 962 Hit Hard from Behind At Goodwood

Thanks to a few social media shares recently, it’s come to light that one of Porsche’s Le Mans prototypes was shunted at Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend. Young Carrera Cup GB driver Daniel Harper was alledgedly at the wheel of a new-generation GT3 Cup race car on his timed drive up the hill when he crashed into the back of the #17 Porsche 962-resplendent in its familiar Rothmans colors. It’s a bit of a surprise that Goodwood has a history of publishing their dramatic crashes and incidents on YouTube, but has thus far not published the video of this incident, and a cursory view of their live-stream doesn’t seem to turn up the incident either. Perhaps because Porsche was the featured marque of the event, they were asked not to publicize this incident.


It’s difficult to lay the blame completely on Daniel’s shoulders as his goal for the run was to set an impressive time, and as such was running 10/10ths. The 962 was running a much slower pace up the hill on an exhibition run, according to the entry list driven by either Jochen Mass or Derek Bell, both legendary drivers. The incident shown in the video below happened after the checkered flag, which is at the top of a blind crest. Presumably, Daniel did not see the 962 running slowly ahead of him and crested the hill to a slow running Porsche that surprised him. By the time he hopped on the binders to slow down, it was already too late, the rear bump was inevitable. It’s unlikely that the flagging stations could have done anything to prevent the crash, either.



Images from the 2018 Goodwood Festival Of Speed by Dan Bathie/Porsche.

Posted by Daniel Harper Racing on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Here are some photos in an album from Daniel Harper’s motorsport-oriented Facebook fan page showing his weekend at Goodwood, including stints in the new GT3 Cup and the new GT2 RS Weissach. The young kid is a talented sports car racer, having placed well in Ginetta’s Junior program the last two years and joining Porsche Carrera Cup GB this year, also adding a few international rounds to his repertoire. He’s just under a month away from his 18th birthday, and this is a heck of a heavy thing to possibly have on his conscience at that age. Luckily, things are just things and can be repaired. Thus far there are no reports indicating that anyone was injured, and the incident appears to have been relatively minor.


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Singer Dynamics and Lightweight Study (DLS) à Goodwood 2018

Le spécialiste des préparations et restaurations de Porsche 911 Type 964, Singer Vehicle Design, a dévoilé sa dernière réinterprétation de la Porsche 911 au Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 : le DLS (Dynamics and Lightweight Study). Deux modèles étaient présents : celui du client et le prototype. Cette voiture hors du commun, la Singer …


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