Here’s the final standalone part of our trip down GT1 merry lane with a selection of cars that we missed – with thanks to the DSC readers that pointed out the various omissions, a particular thanks to Twitter user @Maxellero48
So here is a final (for now at least!) selection of cars from the GT1 eras.
Tomorrow will see all six parts of the tale integrated into a single listing.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the series.
The little mid-engined Darrian (pictured top) had seen success in the British GT Championship winning the GT3 class in 1996 (and the overall title).
The rules were changed for the following season and the Swansea Institute Team Darrian (SITD) outfit opted to take a turbo-engined car into GT1.
There it was comprehensively outgunned by the established players, a gamble on success through relative reliability not paying off as the big guns prevailed.
The little Darrian is still produced and campaigned today with success in club rallying and sprints.
Ford Escort Cosworth
The early days of the British GT Championship saw a couple of upgraded Ford Escort Cosworth entrants contesting the top class. Charlie Cox took the Class A (effectively GT1) class win in the opening season of the BRDC Championship in 1993.
Mike Quaife entered a car featuring his company’s transmission, the cars four-wheel drive transmission format left intact.
The 2007 Koenigsegg CCGT promised much but was removed from a potential racing career by a change in the GT1 regulations. You can read all about the car HERE
Lamborghini Diablo GT/ GTR-S
A handful of Reiter Engineering prepared cars in mildly differing specifications were raced in FIA GT Championship competition from 2000-02.
Lamborghini Diablo Jota P.01
A JGTC regular, race in the GT1 class of the Suzuka 1000 km in 1996.
Mega Monte Carlo GT1
Effective a restyled and re-engineered version of the MiG M100, the Mega concern bought the rights to the project, re-engined the car with Mercedes V12 engines and presented a racing version – dubbed the GT1 – in 1997.
Thereafter the project struggled, the GT1 never raced.
Whilst very few original period-built Porsche 935s survived in contemporary GT racing into the GT1 era some later but ‘replica’ cars did.
Most notably the Blue Coral cars of the early years of the BRDC GT Challenge (that evolved into the current British GT Championship, the pair compose of one ‘period’ Kremer built K3 from c.1980 and a replica built rather later.
Richard Chamberlain’s car that still graces national racing in the UK to this day the car competed in a ‘scratch’ GT1 class in the 2004 Bahrain GT Festival alongside a similar recreation, both based on Porsche 930 road cars.
There was one other survivor from the earlier era, an ex DRM sprint 935 that found its way into the Italian GT championship in 1996.
Porsche 911 Turbo S LM
The only factory-built 911 Turbo S LM went to Larbre Competition with Freisinger assisted by Porsche in building up a 964 generation 911 Carrera RS to a similar specification.
The Larbre car would win BPR races in 1994, the Freisinger car scoring a brace of second-place finishes at Paul Ricard and Suzuka.
Other teams would also convert base cars to Turbo S LM spec for 1995 including Konrad and Obermaier.
Porsche 996 GT
Red Bull-backed RWS Motorsport threw the dice in 2002 in the FIA GT Championship fielding an upgraded Porsche 996 GT3 RS in the top GT class.
The car was dubbed the 996 GT with an aero upgrade but was seriously outgunned using the same engine as its N-GT(GT2) class cousins.
Porsche Carrera GTR
Comprehensively rebuilt from a roadgoing Carrera GT by GPR Racing in Belgium who were looking towards FIA GT, Belcar and FFSA GT the car was equipped with a Motec engine management system; Stack instruments; Moton suspension; custom made wishbones and track rods; AP Racing braking system with steel discs; pedal box; air jacks; special heavy-duty clutch; regulation fixed rear wing; Thiebaut roll cage; BBS custom made racing wheels; automatic fire extinguishing system; and a competition fuel system.
Porsche refused permission for it to race.