[How the cost and development of GT1 racing at Le Mans escalated out of control is one of racing’s great failures. But what a failure it was. Photo credit: Getty Images, McLaren F1 GTRin ‘97 pictured]
The Porsche 911 GT1 is very nearly the perfect race car. Gorgeous, fast, and it even had a production version. Though I say "very nearly," because it had a tendency to flip. Spectacularly, backwards.
International sports car racing is unbelievably confusing, with a half dozen classes that all look the same and have nearly the same names. Here's a simple guide that unravels the whole tangled mess.
The GT1 Corvette C6-R was one of the fastest road car-based racers ever built. The 7.0-liter V8, for instance, was restricted to 600 horsepower. Think you could handle it on the way to work?
Prince Albert von Thurn und Taxis isn't just a German aristocrat with a crazy name. He's also active in GT racing, having competed in the German GT Championship in both 2007 and 2008, the FIA GT3 European Championship, and most recently this year's FIA GT World Championship.
Revenge is a dish best served cold. Not served at 120 mph. As you'll see in the beginning of the video from this weekend's GT1 Championship at Silvesterone, Darren Turner in the Nissan GT-R sent Stefan Mücke in the Aston Martin DBR9 spinning off into the grass. Mücke manages to catch up with the rest of the pack and…
Yep, that's a 911 GT3 RS, complete with factory-installed roll bar, a wailing flat six, a ten-year-old driver drifting it like a champ, and... wait, what?!?
Tiff Needell played master of ceremonies at the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship launch. That's where a trio of Nissan GT-Rs decked out in race livery signaled Nissan's return to the series after a 20-year absence.
This Corvette Le Mans EVO prototype was spied by an eagle-eyed reader of ten-tenths during a visit to Pratt & Miller's Michigan headquarters. It could have been a reality if the 2007 rule changes occurred.
The official start of the 2009 FIA GT Championship season began at Silverstone this past weekend with many new contenders. Check out this mega gallery of action-packed race images we've compiled below.
GM's releasing the Jake-festooned GT1 Commemorative Edition Corvette because, well, because the world needs more value-added special editions. A closer look at Chevy's painted-up version of a Z06 celebrating C6.R racing domination.
For those who didn't watch the entire 24 Hours Of Le Mans by subsisting on a diet of Bawls and Pop Rocks this weekend, we've got a short wrap-up for you. We'll leave the salient details for below the jump, just in case there are some of you out there that TiVo'd the festivities and are planning to dole out the…