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1997 - Porsche 911 GT1
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1997 - Porsche 911 GT1

1997 - Porsche 911 GT1 1997 - Porsche 911 GT1

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Apparent from the front and rear lights, the GT1 shares many components from it's series production counterparts but puts them together in a competitive fashion. Gone is the rear engine layout which isn't suitable for prototype GT racing. The GT1's turbocharged flat-six engine sits in front of the rear axle and is supported by chassis tubes instead of the familiar 911 rear sub frame. Sitting behind the engine is a longitudinal six-speed transmission and differential. The rear suspension attaches directly to this unit.

Up Front, the chassis is a modified Porsche 993 with new fenders and frontal area. This setup helped Porsche avoid crash tests and let Porsche designers use familiar, well-developed engineering.

Leaving even less room for the small interior, the GT1's tube chassis also includes an integral roll cage. Despite the tiny cockpit, Porsche still manage to fit sport seats and a full dashboard from the 993 line. Leather and carbon fibre are the materials which adorn the rest of the interior. The interior is unique to the strasseversion of the GT1.

Compared to the GT1s which raced Lemans, the road-going version has only slight modifications. These changes include a higher ride height, softer suspension, road-going gear ratios and steel brakes which replace the race car's carbon discs. The engine is slightly detuned from the race version's 600 bhp flat-6 and, as mentioned before, a complete interior is included.

Performance of the GT1 is focused more on handling over top speed. Down force created by the ground effects and rear wing combine with an unforgivingly firm suspension. With a strong braking system, the only area of performance where the GT1 is challenged is that achieved within a straight line.

It is also important to mention that the 1997 version of the GT1 is distinctly different from the 1996 and 1998 road cars. Many of the revisions reflect the evolution of the racing model which include a new design language introduced with the Boxster. As far as production, only one 1998 car and a few 1996 GT1s were sold. Twenty of the road-going GT1s have the 1997 configuration, still making them one of the rarest modern day Porsches.

:: Specifications

Year : 1997
Make and Model : Porsche 911 GT1
Curb Weight : 1200 kg
Layout : Mid Longitudinal Engine/RWD, LSD
Transmission : 6-Speed Manual
Configuration : All Aluminium, Water Cooled Twin Flat-6
Displacement : 3164 cc
Power : 544 bhp (405.7 kw) @ 7000 rpm
Torque : 600 nm @ 4250 rpm
Redline : --rpm
Top speed : 310 kmh (192.6 mph)
Acc. 0-100 kmh : 3.6 s
Acc. 0-160 kmh : --s
Acceleration 0-¼ mile : --s
Lateral Acc. : --g

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