A Historical Celebration of Road Sports Cars That Took To The Tracks...

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GT Racecar A to Z -  

Porsche

1980s / 90s

PORSCHE 911 SC

ENGINE : Flat 6 Cylinders 2994 CC

POWER : 180 - 204 BHP ( Road )

                280 - 300 BHP ( Comp )

WEIGHT : 1000 KGS ( Competition )

TOP SPEED :

PRODUCTION : 58.914 ( 1978-84 )

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PORSCHE 911 GT1

ENGINE :

POWER :

               

WEIGHT :

TOP SPEED :

PRODUCTION :

PORSCHE 959 / 961

( raced Le Mans 1986 , 1987 )

 ENGINE : Flat 6 Cylinders 2600 CC

             with 2x KKK Turbos

POWER : 640 BHP @7800rpm (1.25 bar )

                  680 BHP ( 1987 )

WEIGHT : 1169 KGS

TOP SPEED :  190 MPH

PRODUCTION : 337 `959` ( 1986-89 )

                              1 only `961`

 PRICE for prospective buyers 961 :

$ 325,000 US Dollars

The 961 was the race version of the 959

`supercar`which itself was built to get

homologated into Group B. By the time the

car was available Group B had been banned

and the 4-wheel-drive 959 only saw action

on the Paris-Dakar rally. Only a single 961

was built ( chassis 10016 ) and it appeared at

a time where there no real GT series in

Europe for it compete. Its debut was at Le

Mans 1986 , in the GTX class , qualifying 26.

The white car featured wider bodywork than

the 959 and shared the same turbo engine

from the 962 Group C sportscars. Rene

Metge and Claude Ballot-Lena brought the

car home in respectable 7th overall. Race 2

was the IMSA Daytona finale were test

driver Gunter Steckkoning and Kees Nierop

salvaged 24th after a series of blowouts.

Returning to Le Mans in 1987 with Rothmans

sponorship the car found itself 7 seconds

slower in qualifying in 31st for Haldi. The

race ended in disaster as Nierop in 11th on

the sunday morning was sent into the

barries caused by a sticking gearbox. He

tried to limp the car back to the pits but it

ignited , Nierop exited and the car burnt out.

No more were built as the project was ended

though Porsche rebuilt the car for its

museum.