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The 993 GT2
Following the demise of the World Sportscar Championship in 1992, the introduction of the BPR Global GT Endurance Series revived international GT racing.
To compete in BPR and other newly established production-based racing series, Porsche responded with the GT2 – a thoroughbred competition car based on the new twin-turbo 993. While a number of roadgoing 993 GT2s were built for homologation purposes, the factory-built race car was developed directly from the potent Turbo S LM-GT of 1993.
On the surface, the 993 GT2 retained much of the classic 911 form, even with the additions of large GRP fender flares, a prominent front air dam, and a large, adjustable rear wing with special openings on either side to feed the turbocharged engine.
Under the skin however, Porsche’s latest production-based racer meant business. At the heart of the racing GT2 was the purpose-built M64/81 engine with twin K24 turbochargers, larger intercoolers, high-lift camshafts, an upgraded valve train, a modified exhaust system, and map-controlled Motronic fuel injection. This package produced a reliable 450 bhp and 479 lbs. /ft. of torque. Unlike the road-going 993 Turbo, the GT2 – both road and racing versions – was strictly rear-wheel drive.
The suspension was virtually the same as the road-going GT2, but tuned with special springs, shock absorbers, a shock tower brace, and adjustable anti-roll bars. Four-piston brake calipers and ventilated discs were managed by a race-tuned four-channel anti-lock brake system. Factory prepared for endurance events, the GT2 was delivered with a 100-liter FT3 fuel cell and BBS three-piece alloy wheels shod in racing rubber.
As a weight saving measure, Porsche made the front lid and doors from aluminum and used thin-gauge glass for all windows except the windshield. The interior was completely stripped to the bare tub and purposefully equipped with a full welded-in roll cage, a single racing bucket seat, a six-point safety harness, a fire suppression system, and air jacks. A race-ready 993 GT2 weighed in at just 2,535 lbs.
Campaigned by wealthy amateurs and wellestablished private teams, the 993 GT2s went on to achieve tremendous success. Between 1995 and 1997, the 993 GT2 dominated international sports car racing, taking the GT2 title in the BPR World Endurance Championship, IMSA Sports Car Championship, SCCA World Challenge, and the German ADAC GT Cup.
The Porsche presented here is a rare find indeed – a pristine, “in-the-wrapper” 993 GT2.
A late-production example, 393099 is a full factory-prepared race car fitted with the last engine in the serial number range established for 1995. Originally finished in Speed Yellow, this GT2 wears the same livery as the car pictured in Porsche’s literature on the model.
Delivered through Porsche Motorsport North America, this 993 GT2 was originally sold to an East Coast private collector and never raced. Since 2007, the Porsche has remained in the care of two prominent private collectors and, to date, it has been driven less than 30 miles from new, of which the majority are likely factory test miles.
As would be expected of such a lowmileage example, the GT2 is preserved in exceptional condition with factory inspection markings, delivery plastic, and original stickers intact. Additionally, all of the factory-supplied components, from the rare Längerer and Reich EVO-spec intercooler to the Fox fire suppression equipment, are in place and many components display late-1995 date markings. It goes without saying that 393099 retains all of its major components, including its rare Type M64/81 engine.
In preparation for its first ever appearance at auction, the GT2 has been treated to a recent service by a knowledgeable Porsche technician. During this time, the fuel cell and fuel lines were restored, the turbochargers were rebuilt, and new tires were fitted. Great care was taken not to disturb the car’s many original features and a series of photographs serves to document the meticulous process.
The 993 GT2 brought an end to the era of the air-cooled, turbocharged six-cylinder Porsches that originated with the RSR Turbo Carrera and continued on with the wildly successful 934 and 935 series. Total production of the GT2 series, including all road and racing variants, did not exceed 270 examples – an infinitesimal fraction of the 993’s 70,000-car production. With the 993 GT2, Porsche closed the loop on two decades of continuous development and once again established their position at the forefront of production-based sports car racing.
What is likely the most original, lowest-mileage 993 GT2 extant, this time-capsule Porsche is a true prize for the forward-thinking collector.