A New 911 GT1 for Le Mans 1996 ------------------------------
Porsche is returning to top-level international motor racing. A completely new concept for a GT1 race car is currently on the drawing boards of designers at the Weissach Development Center, to be entered by Porsche AG at the 24 hours race in Le Mans on 15/16 June 1996. This new GT1 race car from Porsche, based on the type 911, will produce around 600 HP - as prepared to meet recently released '96 Le Mans regulations. For the first time after several years of moderate investments into motorsport, Porsche is allotting an eight figure amount into construction, assembly and racing of this works car. The Stuttgart sportscar manufacturer is not only committed to top motorsport and active support of GT sport, but also intends racing the 911 GT1 in further international long distance races.
Porsche also plans to build costumer versions of this high tech 911 GT1 race car. Due to development and capacity restrictions, a small number of these will not be available until the 1997 racing season.
The existing 911 GT2 Evolution will be developed further as well, to serve as a relatively cost-effective way to compete for overall victories in GT1 sport. The near-standard 911 GT2 Evo will become even more competitive through futher development and a performance reduction to around 600 HP (from 650 HP) to meet new, 1996 regulations. The 911 GT2 Evo - unlike the newly developed 911 GT1 - will be available to costumers for the 1996 racing season.
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