Uber rare factory PORSCHE 993 series GT2 Evo, 1 of only 11 produced to tour with Festivals of Speed. The EVO is the top specification ever produced by Porsche for an air-cooled vehicle.
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Orlando, Florida July 2017: A highly sought after and very rare 993 series PORSCHE GT2 EVO will be going on tour with the Festivals of Speed this summer and throughout the 2017-2018 season. The car which was produced by the PORSCHE factory and is just one of eleven made features a twin turbocharged 3.6L flat-6 engine factory rated at 600 HP with 490 ft. lbs. torque. The engine It is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Festivals of Speed has showcased the world’s most exotic automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, watercraft and luxury brands throughout Florida over the last fourteen years and has always featured both vintage and contemporary race cars at all its events. Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bentley and many other manufacturers have had examples displayed at Festivals of Speed events countless times. Venues include the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Renaissance Vinoy Hotel St. Petersburg, The Mission Inn Golf Club, the Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club in Hallandale and the Winter Garden Atrium and plaza in Manhattan to name just a few.

In the early 1990s, Porsche was racing in various GT2 competitions using its 993-series 911 GT2 race car. However, the manufacturer needed something more extreme to race in GT1 events. Hence, the 911 GT2 Evo was born and for homologation purposes some road-going examples were required. Only 11 of these homologation cars were built in 1996 as Porsche that year unveiled the new 996-series 911 GT1.
The EVO incorporated a twin turbocharged 3.6L flat-6 engine rated at a full 600 HP and 490 lb-ft of torque.
Porsche widened the rear fender extensions to cover wider modular wheels and added a new front spoiler with inlets for oil and brake cooling. Mike Flynn partner in Festivals of Speed and owner of the EVO had this to say. “The vaunted PORSCHE GT2 EVO exemplifies what PORSCHE is all about in the world of auto racing and we are proud to have this significant car joining our display…” PORSCHE added a second deck on the already outlandish rear spoiler, which could be mounted higher in the air stream for added downforce. With only eleven built, this makes these cars among the rarest in the 911 racing lineage. With approximately 7,000 kilometers on the odometer, this GT2 Evo is exactly as it left the factory, an artifact from one of the most exciting periods in Porsche’s racing history. When commenting on the EVO, Joe Sabatini also of Festivals of Speed had this to say, “The EVO represents the ultimate in air cooled technology for a PORSCHE built in the 90’s and with only 11 ever made it literally defines exclusivity…”

The EVO joins another equally historic and exclusive PORSCHE race car that will be displaying with the Festivals of Speed this season. Universally acknowledged as the world’s fastest Porsche 962 in the era, the 1988/89 PORSCHE 962 Chassis number: 962-108 CO2 Miller High Life & B.F Goodrich car is a car of iconic status and will be seen on display alongside the EVO at Festivals of Speed during the 2017-2018 season.

1996 Porsche 911 GT2 EVO

• Rare factory GT2 Evo, one of 11 produced
• Top specification ever produced for any air cooled Porsche
• Twin turbocharged 3.6L flat-6 engine
• Factory rated at 600 HP and 490 ft/lbs torque
• 6-speed manual transmission
• One owner car
• 7,000 original kilometers

Porsche responded to the reorganization of international GT racing
with a series of homologation specials beginning with the naturally
aspirated 911 RS and culminating in the GT2 Evo. The lightweight RS
set the basic template, using a non-turbo air-cooled flat-6 punched
out to 3.8L and rated at 300 HP, bolt-on Turbo-style wheel-arch
flares, larger brake discs clamped by 4-piston calipers and adjustable
front and rear anti-roll bars. More obviously equipped for the track,
the RSR incorporated a full roll cage, a front strut brace, an
adjustable tail spoiler, 6-point harnesses and a fire extinguisher.
The subsequent GT2 combined the RS/RSR’s purity of purpose with a
tuned version of the 993 Turbo’s twin-turbocharged engine rated at 444
HP. Essentially a street legal race car, the GT2 sported an
aggressive-looking front spoiler with upturned side winglets, wider
bolt-on wheel flares and a huge rear spoiler with integrated air
scoops. Using 2-wheel drive instead of the production Turbo’s
all-wheel system shaved even more weight, resulting in a top speed of
almost 190 MPH and road-holding that bordered on the supernatural.
This exceptionally rare one-owner 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo represented
the top specification ever produced for any air-cooled Porsche.

Designed to compete in FIA GT1, it incorporated a twin turbocharged
3.6L flat-6 engine rated at a full 600 HP and 490 lb-ft of torque.
Porsche widened the rear fender extensions to cover wider modular
wheels and added a new front spoiler with inlets for oil and brake
cooling. A second deck appeared on the already outlandish rear
spoiler, which could be mounted higher in the air stream for added
downforce. Alas, by then the competition in GT1 had already left the
Evo behind. Only 11 were ever built before Porsche moved onto the 996,
making these cars among the rarest in the 911 racing lineage. With
approximately 7,000 kilometers on the odometer, this GT2 Evo is
exactly as it left the factory, an artifact from one of the most
exciting periods in Porsche’s racing history.

n the early ‘90s, Porsche was racing in various GT2 competitions using its 993-series 911 GT2 race car. However, the automaker was in need of something more extreme to race in GT1 events. Thus, the 911 GT2 Evo was born, and for homologation purposes some road-going examples were required. But only 11 of these homologation specials were built in 1996 as Porsche that year unveiled the new 996-series 911 GT1.

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1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
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Porsche built just 11 examples of the 993-series 911 GT2 Evo homologation special in the mid-1990s, and now one of the cars has been sold at auction for an impressive $1.45 million.

It was sold last week during Mecum’s 2017 Original Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis, Indiana. It ended up as the most expensive car at the auction, with the final bid coming in well above the reserve.

In the early ‘90s, Porsche was racing in various GT2 competitions using its 993-series 911 GT2 race car. However, the automaker was in need of something more extreme to race in GT1 events. Thus, the 911 GT2 Evo was born, and for homologation purposes some road-going examples were required. But only 11 of these homologation specials were built in 1996 as Porsche that year unveiled the new 996-series 911 GT1.

1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Evo – Image via Mecum Auctions
The 911 GT2 Evo homologation cars are almost identical to their race car siblings. A peak 600 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque was extracted from a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6. The output is still fearsome today, but it’s coming from an air-cooled 911 built in the ‘90s!

The car also benefited from a widened track and a unique front bumper with inlets for oil and brake cooling. A second deck appeared on the already outlandish rear spoiler of the regular 911 GT2. This could be mounted higher in the air stream for added downforce. And if you take a look inside, virtually all luxuries had been removed in an effort to reduce weight.

This particular car was a one-owner example. He or she drove it just 4,350 miles before deciding to finally sell.

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