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1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Race Car Given Road-Legal Status, Hell Breaks Loose

This is probably the best available shuttle to the Goodwood Festival Of Speed.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed seems to have a thing for attracting race cars that have been lightly modified to be able to drive on the road. We just saw the road-legal McLaren P1 GTR LM make its climb up the famous hill, but this time around it’s time to focus on one of Porsche’s barely legal offerings, namely, the 1998 911 GT1. The history behind this car is interesting because unlike Ferrari, which turned road going versions of its cars into race cars, Porsche built a race car and made extremely limited numbers of road-legal versions to comply with the rules.

This one is extra special because it's believed to be the only road-legal version of the 1998 911 GT1. Converting the race car to road legal status was actually much easier than one would be led to believe, completed only by giving the 911 GT1 a set of road tires, adding catalytic converters, installing new fuel filler caps, and softer springs and dampers for a life on surface streets.

While it may pale in comparison to the modern street-legal track cars we catch rare glimpses of, it’s turbocharged 3.2-liter flat-six puts 600 horsepower to the ground and uses it to motivate only 2,200 pounds of bodyweight around. Simple math will tell you this is more than enough power to scare the life out of both driver and passenger. In this case, the passenger is Henry Hope-Frost who, after waiting around for a ride, is picked up by the one of a kind 911 GT1 to go to the 75th Member's Meeting at Goodwood. Though the car is legal, its driver seems keen on doing some very illegal things while behind the wheel, which is to our benefit. Watch and learn.

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