Porsche 911 GT1 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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With the of international sportscar racing in the though the BPR Global GT Series then morphed into the FIA GT ) Porsche expressed interest in to top level sportscar racing and about developing its competitor for the GT1 Cars in this category previously heavily modified of road cars, usually such as the McLaren F1 and Ferrari but when the 911 GT1 was uneveiled in 1996 had exploited the rule book to the and stunned the sportscar fraternity. than develop a race of one of their road going what they created was a purpose built sports-prototype. but in to comply with regulations a legal version was created, 911 GT1 – literally a road-going car.

911 GT1 Edit

The 1996 of the 911 GT1

The new vehicle was an outright success at Le winning the GT1 class at its debut although it lost the overall to Joest Racing ‘s WSC-95 prototype, still a in that this vehicle a Porsche powerplant.

The 911 GT1 made its debut in the BPR Global GT (the FIA championship’s predecessor) at the Hatch 4 hours, where Stuck and Thierry Boutsen won although they were as an invited entry and were ineligible for points. They up by winning at Spa and Ralf Kelleners and Collard triumphed for the factory at Zhuhai.

The ’96 GT1 had around (441 kW) and was clocked at a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph) on the legendary Straight in the practice sessions of the Le Mans 24 Hours Race on a low downforce setup).

[ 3 ] would the 1996 Porsche 911 GT1 at Le Mans as 640 This compares favourably in race, with the 1996 F40 GTE II, (well referenced as 635bhp in trim,) and the 1996 McLaren F1 (about 620 – 630).

911 GT1 Evo

In 1997, the new Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR was in the new FIA GT Championship that replaced the as it was developed for racing. Mercedes did not Le Mans yet with their new though. The Porsche did not prove to be as in the FIA series, and failed to win a single first against the McLaren F1 and then against the new CLK-GTR.

Towards the end of the 1996 season made revisions to the 911 GT1 in preparation for the season. The front end of the car was revised new bodywork which featured that previewed the all-new 2nd (996 ) Porsche 911 which appear in 1997. The revised car was as the 911 GT1 Evo (or Evolution).

As far as performance goes, the car had the 600 PS (441 kW; 592 hp) engine, but new aerodynamics on the car allowed the car to be considerably faster than the model – acceleration was although the top speed was still 330 km/h (205 mph) on the La Sarthe (in the race, the GT1-Evo reached However, the works cars from reliability problems and did not the full race distance; a entered 1996 specification GT1 5th overall and third in its class, but was by the BMW -backed and powered McLaren F1 .

911 GT1-98 Edit

For the 1998 Porsche developed an all-new the 911 GT1-98. Designed to match the new Toyota GT-One and Mercedes-Benz the 911 GT1-98 featured bodywork bore more of a resemblance to sports-prototypes than the previous 2 while a new sequential gearbox was As per the regulations a street-legal version of the 911 was spawned, but it is believed that one variant was produced which was sufficient to satisfy the regulations.

the 1998 FIA International GT season the 911 struggled to match the pace of the which also were with the main reason down to the air-restrictor rules which were regarded as to the turbo engine (the being naturally aspirated). The tyres of the factory team and the Pirelli of the private Zakspeed were also considered to the Bridgestone of Mercedes.

The front end of a 911 GT1 ’98, showing the inspired by the 996 -generation 911.

At the Le Mans however, it was a different The BMW V12 LM retired with wheel trouble, and the Mercedes CLK-LM had oil pump troubles in the new V8 engines replaced the former V12. The GT-One. which was considered to be the car, also suffered reliability problems.

The 911 GT1-98, being slower than the or the Mercedes, fulfilled Porsche’s hopes, taking both and second place overall to reliability, giving Porsche its 16th overall win at Le Mans. than any other manufacturer in

At Petit Le Mans race in Atlanta. the 911 GT1 ’98 of Yannick made a spectacular backward and landed rear first hitting the side barriers, as did the BMW V12 LMR at the race in 2000, and most the Mercedes-Benz CLR at Le Mans in 1999.

The GT1 ’98 was set up with higher in the race than the previous two which reduced its race speed to 310 km/h (193 mph). in the 1998 Le Mans 24 Hours days, the car hit 330 km/h (205 mph) on the Straight on a lower downforce

1999 Edit

With dominating FIA GT1 in 1998, all other including Porsche withdrew for The GT1 class was cancelled, and the FIA GT Championship was with GT2 cars. Porsche have entered at Le Mans. but not to try to defend the win of ’98 against new from other factories.

Racing brought a 911 GT1 Evo to America to in the American Le Mans Series. but was allowed to do so as an LMP (Le Mans Prototypes) entry, where it proved against actual prototypes as the BMW V12 LMR .

Gunnar G-99 Edit

Champion’s purchase of a 911 GT1 Evo for 1999, Racing offered a custom car to the team with intentions to in 2000. The car, known as the G-99, was a custom-built 911 GT1 with an cockpit. The chassis was made scratch yet remained nearly to the 911 GT1 mechanically, even using the of the bodyparts. A large rollbar was put the open cockpit to help the driver.

A 3.6 litre flat-6 from a 911 GT3 was used in place of the standard 911 GT1

However, Champion would turn to buying a Lola so the Gunnar G-99 was temporarily The car would resurface in the Rolex Car Series in 2002, yet would not be to race until it had a roof Therefore Gunnar Racing the car with a near identical GT1 and briefly competed in 2003. The car take a best finish of in class twice before retired due to lack of funding, and the ban on SRP in favour of Daytona Prototypes .

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