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1998 Porsche 911 GT1

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  • Porsche 911 GT1
  • Year:
    1998
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    550 @ 7200
  • Torque @ RPM:
    464 @ 5000
  • Displacement:
    3.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    193 mph
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The Porsche 911 GT1 is the pride of Porsches Le-Mans efforts. The GT1 also represents the highest in technological achievements Porsche has gained though the development of its 911’s previous to the GT1.Created to homologate Porsche’s 911 GT1 contender, the street version, sometimes called ’Strassenversion’, is one of the most fierce and rare 911s you can run into.

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Heading To Goodwood In a Porsche 911 GT1: Video

Heading To Goodwood In a Porsche 911 GT1: Video

It’s road legal… no, seriously.

Revealed in 1996 as Stuttgart’s answer to the likes of the Ferrari F40 and McLaren F1, the Porsche 911 GT1 was created for one very clear purpose – to win sportscar races. But rather than dressing up a road car for competition like Ferrari and McLaren, Porsche did it backwards, creating a race car that was then modified for street use. The end result was nearly 50 race wins for the German brand, as well as a handful of barely legal mid-engine “Straßenversion” iterations that somehow managed to squeeze under the limbo line of governmental regulations and meet homologation standards. One example was in attendance at the 75th Members Meeting in Goodwood this year, and its journey to the event is chronicled in this four-minute video.

Seeing the GT1 out on public roads, you can’t help but wonder how to hell Porsche managed to convince those in charge this thing was suited for highway use. Granted, its twin-turbo 3.2-liter flat-6 engine was detuned over the race spec, a catalytic converter was fitted to the exhaust, and the slicks were swapped for grooved rubber. The rest of it, though, is pure race car. This particular example is rocking a stripped-out interior, lexan windows, and sponsor-heavy livery, and hearing it blast around U.K. roads to the mystified expressions of onlookers is a real treat.

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One-off Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution Auctioned For $3.14 Million

One-off Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution Auctioned For $3.14 Million

The only road-legal, race-spec GT1

This weekend saw yet another batch of gorgeous classic cars cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale. The most expensive model to find a new owner was a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Barchetta by Touring, which fetched a whopping €7.28 million (about $8.25 million,) but the sale also included a very rare Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution, which went under the hammer for €2.77 million (around $3.14 million).

Although relatively new compared to other million-dollar race cars, the GT1 has become rather expensive lately. The reason for that is that Porsche built only 41 examples, of which 18 were racers and 23 were street cars, but this particular model is a lot more special than the others. Specifically, it’s the only race-spec 911 GT1 that can be driven on public roads. It might not sound like much given that Porsche has also developed road-legal GT1’s, but this car has certain features you don’t see on the Strassenversion. The wing and the diffuser are different, while the front fenders are louvered, among other details. More importantly, you don’t get to go to the mall in a car that has seen more than four years of track action and won 13 races.

Another feat that makes this GT1 special is the fact that it is the only 1997 Evo sold new by the factory. It was purchased through Porsche Motorsports North America by Bytzek Motorsports in 1997, replacing one of the 1996 chassis models that was damaged. Raced until 2002, it captured the Canadian GT Championship between 1999 and 2001 and several other wins at Mosport (now the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park), Byztek’s home track. The car was fully restored in 2014 and 2015 by Lanzante Motorsports in the United Kingdom for more than £300,000 and was showcased at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside the Porsche 919 Hybrid.

It also worth noting that it was a GT1 that scored Porsche’s last win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans before the 919’s victory in 2015. There’s no information as to who purchased the car, but the new owner will also get a comprehensive file of restoration invoices and photographs, an extensive store of spare parts, and access to historic racing events such as the GT90s Series, the Daytona Classic, and the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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1998 Porsche 911 GT1

1998 Porsche 911 GT1

The Porsche 911 GT1 is the pride of Porsches Le-Mans efforts. The GT1 also represents the highest in technological achievements Porsche has gained though the development of its 911’s previous to the GT1.Created to homologate Porsche’s 911 GT1 contender, the street version, sometimes called ’Strassenversion’, is one of the most fierce and rare 911s you can run into.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1998 Porsche GT1.

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