Every modern McLaren, from the 2011 MP4-12C to the P1 to the 720S is powered by a single family of twin turbo V8s. This engine didn’t come out of nowhere; it started life in a largely-forgotten supercar from Nissan.
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.
Truly today is a day of miracles: on Polish Wikipedia I have discovered a picture of a Panoz Esperante GTR-1 chasing down a Vector M12 GT2 race car. I am currently in a state of shock.
The 1990s GT1 category was dominated by greats. The Toyota TS020. The Mercedes CLK GTR. The Porsche 911 GT1. But the best cars were actually not these racers. They were the road cars borne out of them.
The Toyota GT-One never won Le Mans. It will not go down as a champion. It will, however, sit as a reminder of the glory and filth of endurance racing.
Part of the reason why we all love the original McLaren F1 so much, and so much more than so many other automobiles to hold the ‘fastest car in the world’ title has nothing to do with the 1990s legend’s speed, or cost, or rarity. It’s that the thing proved itself on the racetrack.
But how, you may be asking, do we bring back fast, attractive, competitive sports cars in a modern age of aerodynamically driven racing design and engineering? The answer is so simple, I’m surprised no one’s mentioned it.
Today, overlooked supercars like the Jaguar XJ220 and Bugatti EB110 are finally getting some of the recognition they deserve. But not all supercars are so well appreciated.
[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.