It’s a tale as old as time; the plucky, clever European automaker with the rich racing heritage designs a new car to race in the FIA GT1 class, and then offers 25 examples for sale in order to cheat homologation rules.
Such is the story of the road-going Porsche 911 GT1, introduced in 1996, which was an ever-so-slightly detuned race car built and sold in small numbers so that Porsche could bring a ringer into the FIA GT Championship (then-known as the BPR Global GT Series). As Car Scoops reports, the car shared nothing with the 911 except for the front fascia; the rest of the car was adapted from the 962 prototype race car.
Thus, it bears the distinction of being perhaps the only mid-engined “production” 911.
The 3.2 liter twin-turbo flat-6 in the road-going Porsche 911 GT1 was detuned to meet European emissions standards – down from 592 HP to 537 HP. Even still, 0 to 60 came in about 3.9 seconds, and top speed was an awesome 191 mph. Remember, this was back in 1996.
We’re not sure what this Porsche 911 GT1 was doing in Cannes, nor why the owner would dare to take the car out of its wrapper, but here it is, strutting like a very yellow peacock among a cackle of lesser supercars: