Porsche 911 GT1 “Street Version”, 1998
With the revival of international sportscar racing in the mid-1990s, though the BPR Global GT Series (which then morphed into the FIA GT Championship) Porsche expressed interest in returning to top level sportscar racing and went about developing its competitor for the GT1 category. Cars in this category were previously heavily modified versions of road cars, usually supercars such as the McLaren F1 and Ferrari F40, but when the 911 GT1 was uneveiled in 1996 Porsche had exploited the rule book to the full and stunned the sportscar fraternity. Rather than develop a race version of one of their road going models, what they created was effectively a purpose built sports-prototype, but in order to comply with regulations a street legal version was created, 911 GT1 Straßenversion - literally a road-going racing car.
Regulations for the GT1 category stipulated that to be eligible, a total of 25 cars must be built for road use. Porsche developed a fully road-legal version, dubbed “911 GT1 Straßenversion”, and delivered one in early 1996 to the German government for compliance testing, which it passed. The engine had to be slightly de-tuned to meet European emissions laws, although its 544 PS (400 kW; 537 hp) and dry weight of 1,150 kg (2,535 lb) proved to be more than adequate; the vehicle could accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 308 km/h (191 mph).
SPECIALIZED 40TH ANNIVERSARY ALLEZ
Though Specialized might lead the industry with bicycle technology, the company definitely hasn’t forgotten about how they got to where they are. This beautifully crafted steel Allez will be going up for auction beginning Sept 8 and 100% of the proceeds will be going to World Bicycle Relief (WBR). More info below:
"Specialized Bicycles has been lucky to serve the greater cycling community by striving to produce products that and inspire to improve riders lives for 40 years. In the year of our 40th anniversary we simply want to say ‘thank you’ to the riders and give back to one of the best bicycle charities, World Bicycle Relief (WBR). To celebrate, we are revisiting the Steel Allez and sending 100 percent of the proceeds to the WBR. Working with Mark DiNucci, one of our original frame builders at Specialized whose bikes still win global recognition and awards, we wanted to rethink the steel frame from the ground up. The Allez is one of the bikes that started it all for us and in 1981 and stood for the best technology a rider could get. It was part of the very foundation of all of the bikes we have built since. For this ONE-TIME-ONLY run of 74 Frames, every tube, lug, and braze-on has been examined through fresh eyes. “Every lesson we have learned over the last 40 years has been applied to create a totally new and totally modern steel frame” said Bryant Bainbridge, R&D manager for Specialized in the 80s, “Keeping with the 40th theme, we will build the 40th Anniversary Allez in the very factory that created the first Stumpjumper, a factory that continues to produce some of the finest handmade bikes in the world.”
The Circuit Monsters CRX
"This CRX has taught me everything I know about driving and its the only car I trust I can go 100% in. I know exactly what the car is going to, and it drives the same way every time. It never overheats, the brakes never get soft and I’ve got the perfect pitch so I don’t need to even look at the tach."- Andy Hope
circuit monster’s has the best livery!!
ugh how i miss having trust like that in a car :(
impressive, stupidly dangerous for the other people and I would not normally condone this shit, but goddamn was that impressive.