911 Gt1 Strassenversion: the wildest of all?

When you think of mid-engined Porsche, the Carrera GT is usually the first that comes to mind. While this vehicle is one of the best Porsches ever made, there is another, less well-known, but even more extreme: the 911 GT1Strassenversion.

From the track to the road

After McLaren’s triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, Porsche felt the need to fully reinvest itself in motor racing. Its 962 platform was now clearly outclassed. The famous Porsche engineer Norbert Singer was therefore commissioned to build a new machine, based on the 911 (993). The 911 GT1 made its debut at the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans with great success, with both factory cars finishing second and third overall. In 1997, victory eluded the GT1 Evo at Le Mans, but the 1998 version (911 GT1-98) triumphed the following year.
911 GT1Strassenversion
As development of the 911 GT1 Evo continued through the 1997 season, Porsche began in October to build a small series of the road-approved car. This Straßenversion version featured some minor changes compared to the Evo race car, including a higher driving position and improved ground clearance, a slightly softer suspension, more convenient gear ratios and smoother engine tuning. The most obvious difference was in the interior, which featured sport seats, carpeted floors and a trimmed dashboard borrowed from the 911 (993). In fact, this model was almost as extreme as the track version. Unlike some automakers who built their cars for the road and then modified them for racing use, Porsche built a racing car from the start.
911 GT1 Evo

Stratospheric performance

With only 21 copies, the 911 GT1 Straßenversion (understand road version) is a car of astounding performance, especially for its time. Its twin-turbo 3.2-liter flat-six delivers 537 horsepower and 600 Newton-meters of torque. The supercar weighs just 1,150 kilograms, allowing it to reach 100 km / h in about 3.6 seconds, for a top speed of 315 km / h.
911 GT1 Straßenversion Car
The Carrera GT was to follow. With a 5.7-liter, 604-hp naturally aspirated V10, its power was higher. But the vehicle was also a little heavier, so its performance is quite close. Hence, the 911 GT1 remains the wildest, and perhaps the most desirable 911?

Only for informed buyers

The 911 GT1 Strassenversion may not be as pure as the Ferrari F40, nor as fast as the McLaren F1, but it is more exclusive than the two. And yet, it is less well known. Even the Porsche 959 got more press coverage.
In fact, this version of the 911 is today the most expensive ever listed on the vintage market. Originally sold for a whopping $ 912,000, it has seen its rating gradually rise. In 2016, a Porsche 911 GT1 Evo converted for the road found a buyer for $ 3.6 million. In 2017, a Porsche 911 GT1Strassenversion was sold for 5.7 million at Amelia Island auction.
Porsche 911 GT1Strassenversion


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