Porsche Supercar Proves its Power in Daring Drag Race

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Airport runway becomes a playground for two Porsches fighting for supercar supremacy.

Porsche supercars only come along once every few years. This adds considerably to the mystique and legend that builds up around them over time. That said, every time we get to see them in action, we’re immediately reminded that their reputations are well-deserved.

If you’re a Porsche fan, chances are high that drag racing isn’t your preferred form of automotive competition. Conversely, if you’re a fan of drag racing, it’s very likely that a Porsche isn’t your weapon of choice. However, we’re not complaining, because watching these two legends line up stoplight-style is about as much fun as we’ve ever had.

Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion

Back in the late 1990s, Porsche was busy campaigning their incredible 911 GT1 at races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Amazingly, they actually produced a street-legal version of it, appropriately called the 911 GT1 Strassenversion. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of the most brutal street cars Porsche has ever produced.

Of course, that brutality could only be matched by its supercar successor, the Carrera GT. A few years newer and with a larger-displacement V10, it simply has to be faster, right? Well apparently, we weren’t the only ones wondering.

Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion vs. Carrera GT

Lining up on an airport runway, they take off, with the 911 GT1 Strassenversion taking the holeshot. The cars stay pretty even, but the Carrera GT never quite catches up, eventually falling to the GT1 at the end of the runway. It lost by about a car length; so the driver could have made the difference in this race. Still, it’s simply awesome that the GT1 could even keep up, let alone surpass its successor.

Carrera GT (and other supercar) owners don’t have a lot to worry about, though: with just 25 produced, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll have to line up against a 911 GT1 Strassenversion any time soon.

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Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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