Porsche 911 (993)

Porsche 911 (993)

In the mid-1990s, Porsche unveiled the 911 GT1 - a race car specially developed for the GT1 class of sportscar racing. Despite being called a "911," the GT1 had very little in common with the 911: only the frontal chassis was shared with the 993 911 , while almost every other element was borrowed from the Porsche 962 , including the flat-six engine.

During its first appearance at the 1996 Le Mans, the GT1 walked away with a second and third overall finish, as well as first and second in class. Despite these finishes, Porsche still wanted more, so in 1997, they came up with the GT1 Evo - a model that featured aerodynamic tweaks to the bodywork and a revision of the suspension. These changes helped the GT1 score more victories, including a one-two finish at Le Mans in 1998, where it beat out teams from McLaren, Toyota, and Panoz.

Not willing to let the fun rest solely on the track, Porsche set out to make a street-legal version of the award-winning GT1, which is then dubbed the Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion. The model was limited to only 25 units and cost a cool $912,000.

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion.

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Lindsay Lohan was Not Permitted to Drive When She Crashed a Rented Porsche

So there have been a few new details to emerge about Lindsay Lohan’s rented Porsche turned derby car since we last paid the story a visit, so we figured we should package it all up nice and neat, and let you know what’s up.

It all begins with Lohan driving a Porsche 911 , which was rented, to the studio where her newest TV show was being filmed. In the process, she managed to position the front end of this beautiful piece of German engineering firmly under the tail end of a semi-truck. Shortly after that, we found out that the insurance company insuring the TV show she is in strictly prohibits her from driving while the show is being filmed, thanks to her many run ins with the boys in blue while behind the wheel.

TMZ, our leading informant on this topic, then dug up a report that Lohan was claiming that the brakes on this nearly brand new Porsche failed to stop the car when the 18-wheeler [ahem] “cut her off.” So it couldn’t have been her fault, right?

It just so happens that Porsche decided that it needed to find out what was wrong with the brakes on this flagship sports car, so Porsche investigators called up the rental company that owns the car and had it shipped to a testing facility so the investigators can check the brakes. The investigators tested every inch of the braking system trying to find the root cause of his high-profile Porsche smash-up job.

There was just one problem with the tests... The brakes passed all of Porsche’s tests with flying colors! So, now Lohan is caught in a boldface lie and has officially garnered a large portion of our attention to see what kind of boneheaded excuse she can come up with next.

As we said before, we highly doubt that this is the end of this story and we anticipate a lot more information coming out soon. As soon as we get wind of anything else, we’ll let you know.

Source: TMZ

We hate to say we told you so… Wait who are we kidding? We love to say we told you that our article about oft-troubled Lindsay Lohan crashing her rented Porsche would not be the last thing we’d hear about the accident. According to TMZ, Lohan was forbidden to drive any car at the time she was in the accident.

You see, Ms. Lohan has a bit of a, um, drinking problem and with that problem tends to come her urge to get behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle. To help prevent that and preserve the filming of her ongoing Lifetime series “Liz & Dick,” the company insuring the film added a stipulation that Lindsay Lohan was forbidden to drive any car, let alone a Porsche 911 , while the show was in production.

Oops, we guess she missed that memo. We also assume that the production company missed that memo too, as directly behind Lohan’s borrowed Porsche during the accident was an SUV used by the production crew… Double oops.

Fortunately for the production company, the insurance company did not cancel the plan, but it did require the company to inform Lohan that she is not permitted to drive for any reason whatsoever.

What a life to live. You have multiple millions of dollars in the bank and you have insurance companies and production companies taking your keys away like a 16-year-old that just got caught staying out after curfew.

Okay, we can once again resume ignoring everything involving Lindsay Lohan, unless it involves her and a car.

Source: TMZ

Porsche aficionados are a hardcore bunch, especially when it comes to talking about their race cars. That includes the legendary Porsche 911 (993) that was en vogue from 1993 to 1998.

These days, the company has a number of race variants in its line-up, including the 911 GT2 and as always the case when it comes to comps, it was inevitable to see the company put the two cars to task in a nice primer video.

In this video, you’re going to be hearing from Porsche’s chief driving consultant, Gordon Robertson, as he gives us an inside perspective on the two race models, even going so far as demonstrating the differences between two. It’s a worthwhile watch that lasts a little under five minutes so make time for it.

It’s hard not to have your interests piqued, especially when somebody that knows Porsche’s inside and out talks about two cars that are considered pillars of the company’s iconic 911 line.

What do you get when you have two iconic Porsche sports cars, miles of empty road ahead of you, a camera crew, and soundtrack music courtesy of Moby?

We’ll spare you the answer: you get a pretty awesome three-and-a-half minute video, that’s what!

Arguably two of the most famous Porsche 911 models in history - the 993 RS and the 964 RS - are the subjects in this video, and by asking us, we’ll tell you that they play the roles of protagonists very, very well.

It’s a scenic video comprising the two classic 911s blazing their rubber on a vast expanse of open land with a cargo plane serving as a noteworthy extra. There’s plenty to like about this video, including the soundtrack music courtesy of Moby that provides the feeling of buoyant serenity while watching the two Porsches in their natural habitat.

As a reminder to those that have forgotten, the 993 RS was a lightweight version of the 993 Carrera - 100 kg lighter, in fact - and was the first Porsche to ever use a 3.8-liter engine that produced 300 horsepower. On the flip side, the 964 RS was notable, not just because it was a lightweight rear-wheel-drive 911, but because it was sold in the US on a limited basis only. It came with a six-cylinder engine that had an output of 260 horsepower and 230 lb/ft of torque.

Two classic 911s getting their own video with Moby in the background. Good morning, indeed.

Porsche GT3 Supercup Race Car @ Russo and Steele

How often do you come across a car that is already considered a must-have classic without even being more than ten years old?

Well, when you chance upon this 2002 Porsche 993 GT3 Supercup Race Car, be advised that you’re looking at one.

Despite being similar to thousands of other 996 models, this particular GT3 race car holds a special place in the hearts of collectors for its stirring performance during the 2002 Porshce Supercup series. Driven by no less than Stephane Ortelli, one of the three drivers of the victorious Porsche GT1 that raced during the 1998 24 hours Le Mans, this particular Porsche was able to accomplish what no other Porsche has ever done, winning its series in its very first year with Ortelli, one of the best drivers of that period, sitting behind the wheel.

The car, by most accounts, is pretty similar to most other 996 models that carry the same 3.6 liter displacement of the 996’s horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine. With the added element of water-cooling to the first 996 production car, the GT3’s engine is closer to that of the 962 racing engine, which was completely water-cooled. However, unlike the 962, which used 6 individual cylinder heads, the GT1 and GT3 used 2 cylinder heads like the 959.

Continued after the jump.

Posted on by Shrawan Raja

Two of a kind and more or less of the same race. Sterling, robust and goes like blazes. Both are products of German engineering and both are married to speed. No winner in this battle between the Mclaren Mclaren SLR and the Porsche 911 Porsche 911 GT3. The track honed 911 GT3 showcases the amazing potential of Porsche’s engineering genius. The humongous 3.6-liter flat six revs to 8400 rpm producing 415 horsepower. The SLR on the other hand sports a monstrous V8 supercharged engine that generates a whopping 626 horsepower. Both these cars rank up there amongst the fastest, sportiest and most powerful categories. Just the right cars to zip along at a furious pace either on the track or on the road. A marvelous piece of photography from Pat Ernzen.

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Hankook Tire America Corp., rolled out its drifting hardware at a test day at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, CA. on Thursday March 1. The Hankook Tires/JIC Magic USA Porsche 993, driven by veteran drift racer Tyler McQuarrie, and the Nissan Nissan S15 Silvia driven by Kenji Yamanaka are both expected to be strong championship contenders in the 2007 Formula Drift Series, which begins April 7 at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Jay Lee, Hankook Tire Product Manager from the North American (...)

During the second to the last year of production of the 993 (1997), Porsche offered the 993 Turbo S. Ultimately 375 pieces were sold. The Turbo S is a fully loaded Turbo including a power upgrade to 424 hp (DIN). Every thinkable amenities including a carbon decoration in the interior make it different to the earlier leightweight, spartanic 964 Turbo S. The 993 Turbo S is easily recognized by yellow brake calipers, a slightly larger wing, a 4-pipe exhaust and air scoops behind the doors.

Ever since 1975, Porsche had always gotten round to offering a turbocharged 911 and by March 1996, the forced induction 993 was introduced. Featuring full time four wheel drive for the first time on a production 911 Turbo, this latest version used an almost identical drive system to the Carrera 4 produced alongside. Huge cross-drilled and ventilated disc brakes and calipers were sourced from the 3.8-litre Carrera RS along with improved ABS 5. The anti-roll bars were thicker than regular 993’s, new 18-inch two piece wheels improving brake cooling.


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