A blend of classic and contemporary Porsche design results in true automotive beauty.
When Porsche first debuted the 918 Spyder, it seemed like the company had gone back to using three-digit numbers to name its cars rather than using the Carrera GT's title as a launchpad to debut a new line of, uh, prettier names. Because of that, we did not expect to hear the name Straussenversion (German for ‘Street Version’) again.
The moniker first festooned the 25 road-legal versions of the GT1 Evo that homologation rules required Porsche to build in order to race the car in the 1997 GT1 racing series. And those 25 versions are so highly-sought by collectors that they fetch scarily high seven-figure price tags at auction. Can you guess why? Aside from how rare they are, a lot has to do with the GT1’s looks.
Though it bears the 911 name, it has practically nothing in common with the car aside from its headlights and taillights. Its flat-six engine, which earned the car fans across the generations thanks to its 600 horsepower output (though street versions got "only” 536 hp), was mounted in the middle rather than placed over the rear axle.
But its otherworldly looks have also managed to pique the interest of Rain Prisk, a talented rendering artist whose work we see lots of. And Prisk has now used these talents to draw up a more modern interpretation of the 911 GT1, which has been thoroughly mixed with the 992-generation 911’s DNA to add a more modern flavor.
The look is simply striking. The most 911-esque portion of this rendering is the front end, which has been stretched out, given a race-inspired body kit, wheel well vents, and dive planes. From the GT1 Straussenversion, this rendering gets a roof scoop, front wheel wells that spawn flying buttresses, a large side air intake, and an almost exaggeratedly large rear wing.
One big difference is the fact this 911/GT1 Straussenversion mashup has a spine that connects the roof to the wing, which is not something the original car featured. The overall package leaves us wondering: just how pretty would a real mid-engine Porsche-built supercar be if it was inspired by the 911?