Porsche’s 1998 GT1 is a little more hardcore than the 1997 version. It has bodywork that is more aggressive, the suspension completely divorced from the road-going roots, the engine boosted to within an inch of death. This thing had one purpose only, and that was to win at Le Mans. Luckily, it did just that.
The prior 993-based GT1s of 1996 were smooth and rounded. That same design was reflected in the 1997 version that swapped the headlights and tail lights for 996 units (or 986, I suppose, as the 996 wasn’t out yet). It was still a mid-engine monster, but both were completely incomparable to the 98 Le Mans winner. Looking at them, and listening to them, back to back is a rare treat. While these two videos are from different channels, 19Bozzy92 and HistoricRacingHD respectively, just play them back to back and it’s like you’re there watching them both run up the hill at Goodwood.
These are great cars with great visuals. Crank up the volume and click the play button.
1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evolution –
1998 Porsche 911 GT1-98 –