Is Porsche really cooking a mid-engine GT1 successor?by Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 02:18
Porsche’s sports car lineup is quite diverse, having numerous high-performance models based on both the 911 and 718. That said, the German carmaker currently doesn’t have a proper flagship model. Previously that role was filled by the hybrid 918, but its production was ended back in 2015. Of course, Porsche brought back the 911 GT2 RS, which was based on the 991 and they even did a homage to the 935 Moby Dick, based on that GT2 RS. With this in mind, we’ve been getting mixed reports about a potential “GT1 successor,” some of which are quite interesting.
Is Porsche Building A Successor to the 918 Hybrid?
There has been a lot of chatter about a new mid-engine Porsche supercar. For a while, it was believed that Porsche was working on a street version of the LMP1 919 hybrid. By all accounts, this would have been the modern-day successor to the 1990s Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion (Street version). Sadly, that never went beyond the clay model that was showcased for the Porsche Carrera GT’s 20th anniversary.
The latest update comes from a spokesperson from Porsche US who said there are “no immediate plans for a car of this kind”.
This, however, could be a statement that aims to counter information leaked by an anonymous employee of Porsche’s US division. That person, by the way, claims you can now put down deposits for Porsche’s new flagship supercar, even though Porsche itself hasn’t released any specific information about the car.
An official press release from Porsche is expected in August, or at least that’s what the rumors suggest. For now we, at least, know the name of the car – GT1. It’s worth noting that none of the above-mentioned statements are confirmed. We did, however, show you spy shots of a strange-looking wide-body 718, testing at the Nurburgring a while back. This indicates that Porsche is indeed working on something. We’ll just have to wait and see what exactly it is.