Nissan’s legacy in international sports car racing starts with the 1,000 horsepower R90CK that didn’t quite win Le Mans in 1990 and ends with the R390 GT1 that didn’t quite win Le Mans in 1998. But there was an intermediate car that, sadly, didn’t even make it to Le Mans.
Few race cars have ever bent the rules so close to breaking as the Porsche 911 GT1, a homologation special that was homologated for the road after the car completed its first racing championship. Here’s how and why Porsche built the thing.
Students of history will remember how Porsche came to dominate the legendary Group C era: the Porsche 956/962 was totally reliable and Porsche built a gazillion of them, outlasting all of its faster, more fragile rivals for nearly a decade. The first such car was the turbo Ferrari-powered Lancia LC2, a car too fast to…
Why has Porsche released no photos of the 2017 Porsche 911 RSR replacement’s rear? It’s possible that the company is incredibly moving on from its classic rear-engine layout with an interesting and specific detail change.
Remember Spyker? Spyker was fun.
[The later Peugeot 905s were faster, but the early ones remain the prettiest of Peugeot’s 1990s Le Mans prototypes. Photo Credit: Getty Images]
The prototypes that raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s were so fast that they still regularly post top times at current Le Mans races. These cars run vintage races regularly, and they’re pretty spectacular.
[Modern prototype race cars are tiny. Photo Credit: Audi]
[Nissan ran their R390 GT1 car in all black for testing. Helps you see the flames. Photo Credit: Nissan]
Do you want to be hungry? Watch this cheating, winning Toyota TS040 Le Mans prototype cook a prettier breakfast than whatever you have in your house.
[Here’s a Nismo GT-R LM now in all carbon. Full Batmobile spec. More photos from Nissan here.]
We’ve seen the 2015 Audi R18 before, but this is the first time we’re seeing it in its Le Mans configuration.... at 200+.
Toyotas are plain and conservative cars, unexciting more than anything else. Here's one taking a corner in excess of 195 miles an hour. Wait, what?
The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car is front-wheel drive. Except when it is sending power to the rear wheels in an utterly incomprehensible setup that may or may not resemble a Unimog.
I'm not sure how this is even possible.
Modern top-level prototype racecars have notoriously bad, gunslit visibility. The Nissan LMP1 GT-R LM adds a level of complexity with flames. Flames to the face.
There was a time when supercars raced at Le Mans, when the fastest road cars in the world competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Here's the story of how the Porsche 911 GT1 killed the series and homologation specials it spawned.