There’s no stopping Porsche if it really wants to build a modern take on the legendary 911 GT1 racer

What happens when you take a current-generation Porsche 911, splash on a bit of the 911 RSR’s performance nuttiness, and infuse a little design inspiration from a 20-year old race car that won 47 endurance races in its career? The result is this series of renderings created by designer Emre Husmen. It’s called the Porsche 911 GT1 Concept, and while it technically doesn’t exist, these renderings are proof that maybe it should. Porsche has the final say on that matter, but seeing as the automaker has yet to field an entry for the upcoming FIA WEC season — new regulations require Porsche to build road-going versions of racers competing in the series — perhaps it should start drawing up those plans so that the road-going model can happen, too. If the latter looks anything close to Husmen’s rendering, the road-spec version of Porsche’s next WEC racer has "intriguing" written all over it.

First, some context

The current Porsche 911 GT2 RS sits as Porsche’s current range-topping version of the 911. It’s an exciting car that packs 690 horsepower out of a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine. It’s a spectacular car by all accounts, and the fact that it has set numerous track records for a production car speaks to its capabilities as a performance machine. Unfortunately, Porsche reportedly built only 1,000 units of the 911 GT2 RS and all units are already accounted for. If you want to buy one, the easiest way to go about is through the second-hand car market, but you’d have to pay a premium — the typical price tag is at $350,000, which is $50,000 more than Porsche’s asking price — to get your hands on one.

Will These Renderings of a Modern Porsche 911 GT1 Really Come to Life?
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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Specs

Engine twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six
Output 690 hp
Torque 553 lb-ft
Gearbox 7-speed, dual-clutch
0-60 mph 2.7 seconds
Top speed 211 mph

There’s also another tidbit regarding the 911 GT2 RS. It sits as the range-topping model of the outgoing 991 generation of the Porsche 911. Now that the Porsche 911 (992) is here, it’s going to need its range-topping version. This is where the “idea” of a Porsche 911 GT1 comes into the picture. The only versions of the 911 that have been announced are the Carrera S and Carrera 4S. The next-generation 911 Turbo is coming, too, as will other variations that will have something different to offer. But where does Porsche go after the range-topping version of the 911’s 991 generation already produced close to 700 horsepower? Surely, it has to take the next step, right? Any car with fewer than 700 horsepower would still be great, but it wouldn’t blow anyone away.

The Porsche 911 GT1 unofficial concept

Will These Renderings of a Modern Porsche 911 GT1 Really Come to Life?
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This is where designer Emre Husmen’s vision comes into the picture. The Porsche 911 GT1 Concept is an interesting example of what a top-of-the-line Porsche 911 (992) could look like. To be clear, this rendering isn’t commissioned by Porsche. The German automaker has nothing to do with it. It comes directly from the imaginative mind of Husmen, who managed to create a striking version of the 911 using design elements from the 992 generation of the 911, as well as bits and pieces from the 911 RSR and the original 911 GT1 race car that dominated the endurance racing scene in the late ’90s.

The front section of Husmen’s 911 rendering looks a tad different with the resculpted noise and lower fenders. The reshaped front bumper and lip spoiler adds to the more menacing front section, at least compared to the all-new 911. Another upgrade: the pair of thin LED strips occupy the space between the sharper nose where the license plate sits. Up top, there’s an air scoop sitting over the roof similar to the setup found on the 911 GT1 racer. That scoop channels air directly into the engine bay — yes, the 911 GT1 Concept is a mid-engine superhero — and the big inlets in the fenders accomplishes the same thing.

Will These Renderings of a Modern Porsche 911 GT1 Really Come to Life?
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Husmen’s rendering of the 911 GT1 Concept is where it gets a little crazy. You’ll see the rear profile of the 911 922 clearly from the back and it looks as if the massive rear spoiler and rear diffuser were attached into the rear. It’s a super aggressive take on what Husmen believes should be a super aggressive supercar of epic proportions. It’s hard not to be impressed with the Husmen’s rendering. It kind of looks like a 992-generation Porsche 911 that’s wearing a suit of armor made from forged carbon fiber. Tony Stark would be proud.

As far as power goes, Husmen imagines his creation featuring a hybrid flat-six engine that can produce more than 1,000 horsepower. However, FIA WEC rules stipulate that race versions should produce no more than 750 horsepower and carry a maximum of only 270 horsepower from hybrid technology. But that’s the race car version. Production road-going versions aren’t subjected to the same strict measures and guidelines. The only limit to what a production-spec model can carry is the limit that Porsche sets. A 1,000-horsepower range-topping 911 (992) sounds incredible, doesn’t it?

Porsche 911 (996) GT1 Specs

Engine turbocharged, 3.2-liter flat-six
Output 542 hp
Torque 443 lb-ft
Gearbox 6-speed manual
0-60 mph 3.5 s
Top speed 204 mph

Now, for a dose of reality. This rendering is the creation of a designer who has no affiliation with Porsche. The likelihood that we’ll see an actual Porsche model along these lines is very slim, at least unless Porsche buys the design from Husmen himself. That’s unlikely to happen, though, so the best we can do is enjoy these renderings for what they are: an exciting look into the future of the Porsche 911.

Will These Renderings of a Modern Porsche 911 GT1 Really Come to Life?
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What the range-topping model’s actual future will look like remains a mystery at this point. That’s ok, though. The all-new Porsche 911 is barely a year old. We can give Porsche enough time to work in its own pace to create a top-of-the-line 911 (992) that’s worthy of its billing. Who knows, that model could end up producing more than 1,000 horsepower. Porsche, after all, raised the bar with the 911 (991) GT2 RS. The only way to exceed that bar is to raise it even higher.

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Source: Emre Husmen via Behance

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