Porsche Factory To Field New 911 GT1 Entry In 1996 Le Mans Race
RENO, NEVADA, November 21, 1995 --- Next season, for the first time since 1988, the Porsche factory will enter a team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race. The two-car entry features a completely new Porsche racing model, the 911 GT1.
Following several years of moderate motorsport investment, Porsche is allotting a substantial eight-figure amount for the construction, assembly and racing of the 911 GT1. The new entry, currently on the drawing boards at Porsche's Weissach Development Center, is based on the Porsche 911. Power comes from a six- cylinder engine restricted to 600 HP in compliance with 1996 Le Mans GT1 regulations.
In addition to the June 15-16 Le Mans event, Porsche expects to campaign the 911 GT1 in other international GT long distance races. In North America, the model is eligible to compete in the 1996 SCCA World Challenge Series.
Porsche also intends to build customer versions of the model.
Due to development and capacity restrictions, the limited- production vehicle will not be available for customers until the 1997 racing season. In the meantime, the existing 911 GT 2 Evolution model will undergo further development and serve as a relatively cost-effective means to compete for overall victories in international GT racing next year.
Porsche scored its first overall Le Mans victory in 1970. The marque has gone on to tally 12 more wins, making it the most successful manufacturer in the history of the world's premier sports car race.
Courtesy PCNA Bob Carlson, General Manager, Public Relations