One of the three 1995 Porsche 993 GT2 EVOs developed for GT1 racing by Porsche! Four participations in the 24 hours of Le Mans including three with the Team Larbre Compéti-tion! 24 Hours of Daytona in 1996, BPR Championship in 1995 & 1996! 1997 FFSA GT Champion, 2002 FFSA GT Vice-Champion! Driven by Formula 1 and Endurance legends! Porsche certificate of authenticity!
Ascott Collection is particularly proud to offer for sale this very rare 1995 Porsche 993 GT2 EVO (# WP0ZZZ99ZTS393103) developed by the factory for racing in GT1.
During its first three years with Team Larbre Competition, this exceptional car benefited from the support of the PORSCHE factory, returning six times to the parent company between the BPR races, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 hours of Le Mans.
Engaged four times uninterruptedly in the 24 hours of Le Mans from 1995 to 1998, it was driven by F1 and endurance celebrities such as JP Jarier, Erik Comas, J Barth, Bob Wollek etc….
Crowned French GT FFSA Champion in 1997, she won the title of vice-champion in 2002, just before ending her career.
Acquired in 2003 by its current owner, it has had only one owner for the past 17 years and has just received extensive restoration work.
This factory Porsche 993 GT2 Evo is eligible in the most prestigious historical events in Europe and the United States.
In 1993 Porsche launched the PORSCHE 993
In 1993, Porsche presented a new generation of its legendary 911, baptized for the occasion 993. It was then available in a GT2 version, to meet the homologation requirements of the category of the same name. The 993 GT2 then had wider fenders, a larger rear spoiler with air scoops in the uprights to improve engine cooling. This 3.6-liter engine had an output of around 424 hp. Power increased in 1998 to 444 hp. A 993 GT2 “conventional” but already very well born, then destined to face the Callaway Corvette, Ferrari 348 LM, Honda NSX, Lotus Esprit and other Venturi 400 GTR.
To win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and to shine in the GT series which experienced renewed enthusiasm in the mid-90s, Porsche decided to develop a GT1 version of its 993. It would be the 911 GT2 Evo. Indeed, after the return of GTs again accepted at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1993, and more open regulations, projects are multiplying. Quickly, GT1 emerged as the category in which to enter to win, both at Le Mans and elsewhere. This explains the factory’s desire to launch this 911 GT2 Evo, originally in three “official” copies. The chassis presented today (# WP0ZZZ99ZTS393103) is one of them.
The birth of the most radical of the racing 993s
To make its 993 GT2 even more radical and make it (EVO) shine, the weight drops to 1,100 kg and its 3.6-liter engine develops around 600 hp at 7,000 rpm thanks to a larger turbocharger ( KKK27 with 40.4mm restrictors). The crankshaft, pistons, camshafts, oil pump and even the injection or exhaust system have been optimized. The two turbos are more generous and have a separate bypass.
For the Evo, which uses the modified bodywork of the 911 GT2, the regulations allow wider tires. Then the wings are enlarged again. But that’s not all. The aerodynamics are particularly neat with a very high rear spoiler and a completely redesigned front spoiler with generous air intakes.
The base of the 911 GT2 is reinforced with a welded roll bar, quick release hood mounts, an air-lift system, side air intakes for the turbocharger intake, and the famous optimized front spoiler with intakes additional air is designed for ventilation of the brakes and the oil cooler. There are also ventilated and perforated brake discs. There is also an ABS and a foot-assisted brake with electro-hydraulic reinforcement.
The GT2 and GT2 Evo were first entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and then in the BPR Global GT Series championship as well as in several other national championships. The track record of these legendary Porsches is impressive. The model presented here by Ascott Collection has the distinction of having been entered four times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, at the 24 hours of Daytona in 1996, while having shone in the French GT FFSA Championship. An example which is one of the very first to have been assembled by the factory.
Le Mans, BPR and FFSA GT epic with Larbre Competition
It was in 1995 that Jack Leconte’s Larbre Competition team ordered two Porsche 911 GT2 Evos. The French structure then enjoys the status of a “semi-official” team, with clear support from the German manufacturer. Having abandoned its WSC prototype development project, Porsche is putting financial and human resources into this project.
# WP0ZZZ99ZTS393103 is the first Porsche 993 GT2 EVO produced by the Porsche factory on a very limited series of three cars. Hardly delivered – on June 1, 1995 as can be seen on the original invoice for an amount of DM 570,000 – the GT2 leaves for Le Mans. She is part of a contingent of 10 Porsches. We notice a unique 993, hired by Freisinger. Six Porsche 993 are production models prepared by private teams. Among the three remaining, we find the famous GT2 Evo. The # WP0ZZZ99ZTS393103 chassis is, like the second chassis aligned by Larbre Competition (# WP0ZZZ99ZTS393104), registered in the GT1 category.
A GT2 in GT1? Yes, because the two categories are actually quite similar. The requirements are the same or almost the same, namely that the car is derived from a marketed model, homologated or homologated, conforming to the model present in the catalog. By choosing to switch its 911 GT2 Evo to GT1, with the support of Porsche, Larbre Compétition was clearly aiming for a good performance in the general classification. During the first quarter of the event, the two cars were in the Top 5 before being victims of racing events (going off the track, accident). The n ° 36 (# WP0ZZZ99ZTS393103) is 4th in the general classification when its driver (Jesus Pareja) goes off the road in the rain.
The front of the car is damaged and the car will go back to the factory to be repaired and painted in Blue to receive the sponsor Gitanes Blondes. The Porsche invoice dated July 14, 1995 states that the front unit of the car has been replaced.
She will then be entered in the 1000 kilometers of Suzuka with her new blue livery Gitanes Blondes piloted by JP Jarier and Bob Wollek where she will finish in 4th position then in the 3 Hours of Zhuhaï, where she will retire.
Beginning of the 1996 season at the 24 Hours of Daytona
In 1996, the competition program is more intense. The start of the season begins with the 24 Hours of Daytona. Some specific equipment is required to run at Daytona. Our Porsche thus receives an arch reinforced with horizontal bars at the driver’s level and the windshield fixing is secured by the addition of fasteners at the top and bottom. These two specific elements always appear on the car.
She finished in 26th position. The involvement in BPR is intensifying and a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans is planned. But this time, the Porsche is engaged in GT2. Inevitable because in front, the GT1 are muscular. McLaren F1 GTR, Chrysler Viper GTS-R, Lister Storm GTS and other Toyota Supra LM have arrived. At Porsche, alongside the semi-official GT2 Evo, German engineers spent the winter developing a new project: the Porsche 911 GT1. With the n ° 25 and n ° 26, officially entered, the two cars no longer have much in common with their bases from 993 …
But Porsche continues to support Larbre Competition. The car goes back and forth in the workshops of Porsche to graft changes in the chassis and engine throughout the season. In total, she spends six times in Germany, even receiving her decorations there!
FFSA GT champion in 1997 with Larbre competition
In 1997, the program focused solely on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in endurance racing. Patrick Bourdais, Peter Kitchak and André Lara Resende retire. But the season was successful in the French GT championship. Patrice Goueslard and Christophe Bouchut shine! They won the title of Champions of France thanks to their consistency with the GT2 Evo. 10 victories out of 12 possible in Dijon, Val de Vienne, Paul Ricard, Albi and finally at Magny-Cours!
Michel Nourry’s debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
For the 1998 season, our Porsche 911 GT2 Evo changes ownership and is now entered by the Nourry Competition team. It allows Michel Nourry to start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
From the first race in the French GT championship at Nogaro, the Michel Nourry / Thierry Perrier duo landed a podium. Michel Nourry broke his hand while taking part in the Porsche Cup race (he is involved in both disciplines). Thierry Perrier is in charge, alone, of signing a new podium in the second race of the weekend.
The program then goes through the prequalifications for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Sarthois double clock tower. The team does not want to take the risk of “breaking” its equipment by participating in the race organized at Spa-Francorchamps before Le Mans. In Sarthe, Thierry Perrier is responsible for qualifying the car during the preliminary tests, Michel Nourry still having pain in his hand. Jean-Louis Ricci joins the crew.
During the first evening of testing, the engine broke. Michel Nourry and Jean-Louis Ricci were unable to complete their laps in night conditions as required by the regulations. They will do this exercise the next day, not without difficulty, after the gearbox has decided to slow down the gearing.
Michel Nourry takes the start and gains more than 10 places during his stint. The GT2 Evo is 8th in the heart of the night in Le Mans. A pit stop wastes time in the early morning. It is indeed necessary to change the pads and discs. But the first serious alert comes as the light has returned to the circuit. At 6:44 am, Thierry Perrier suffered a breakage of the right gimbal. A break that will be repeated a little later with, each time, more than 20 minutes lost in the pits. Finally, we change the turbo in the morning. But the car finished in 18th position, classified 4th in GT2.
It participated in several races in FFSA GT in 1998 and 1999 before being acquired by the Alméras brothers in October 1999.
The Alméras brothers from 1999 – FFSA GT runner-up in 2002
In 2000, it was again entered in the French GT FFSA Championship.
In 2001, it was entered in a Spanish Championship, driven by Manuel and Pedro de Mello-Breyner.
In 2002, it finished Vice-Champion of France GT FFSA, driven by Marc Sourd & Steve Hiesse, after winning 4 races. At that time it was sponsored by Martinet and painted in white, green and orange.
Since 2003 with its current owner
Acquired in 2003 by the owner from the Almeras Brothers, our Porsche has participated in several historical events within the framework of the Porsche Club of France and the HWM GT Championship until 2016.
In 2019 and 2020, major work was carried out: overhaul of the 3.6-liter single-ignition engine, overhaul of the turbos, overhaul of the TAG gearbox.
The car has also been repainted. The stripping of the body made it possible to reappear the various liveries of the car, whether it is the white of Le Mans 1995, then the blue of the end of the year and of Daytona 1996, again the white, then the green. and orange when it ran in the colors of Martinet in the Alméras Frères team.
The car has been authenticated by Porsche using its hidden numbers.
Having found its livery of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1995, it is now available for purchase to join a collection or to race in the historic racing grounds where it is eligible.