The upcoming Mercedes-AMG One promises to be a very exciting car thanks to its motorsport-derived powertrain, but back in the 1990s, there were road-going race cars on the market that had an even closer connection to motorsport. The Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion is one of them.
Porsche built 25 cars in order to meet homologation requirements for the GT1 racing category. Its closest competitor was the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR that was also produced to meet GT1 homologation.
It goes without saying that the GT1 Strassenversion is a truly remarkable car and, despite its rarity and value, Tiff Needell recently had the opportunity to drive one through some stunning roads in Scotland.
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Powering the 911 GT1 is a 3.2-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six pumping out 536 hp at 7,200 rpm and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque at 4,250 rpm. Sure, that may not seem like all that much nowadays, but this is a legitimate racing engine and driving the car is a truly remarkable experience.
During his review, Needell comments that the car has a pair of superb bucket seats that tightly hug the driving and passenger. The clutch is heavy, as are the brakes, but the steering is light and precise. The gearbox is also quite unique and requires the driver to shift between gears in a slow and controlled manner.