1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Evo Pilots: E. Collard, Y. Dalmas, R. Kelleners Team: Porsche AG Race: DNF (GT1 class) at Le Mans in 1997 Minichamps - 430976826 (diecast)
In 1996, Porsche’s 911 GT1 came in first place in the GT1 class at Le Mans. But despite the La Sarthe success, by the end of the year Porsche started evolving the car. This new car became known as the GT1 Evo. The front body work was revised and headlamps were changed to the fried-egg shape of the new 996. In terms of performance the car was basically the same as the previous version. It did receive some new aerodynamic elements that improved acceleration, but mechanically it was the same car. However, at Le Mans the GT1 Evo was plagued by reliability issues. Car #26 abandoned on lap 327 while it’s sister #25 abandoned on lap 238, both with mechanical issues.
In scale the model is what I would call an “honest Minichamps”. Very good and accurate shape with an overall nice detail level. However, nothing extraordinary, but in the end a fine model. With that I would say it’s a car only for the Porsche and/or Le Mans nut. Since the previous GT1 has a much better claim to fame, it would be my pick if I could only have one. But I “needed” one to complete the three GT1 series.