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2014-06-11 09:52

BACK IN TIME? The Silverstone Classics sees the addition of racing supercars from the 1990's at the Classics events on July 25-27 2014. Image: Silverstone Classics

  • Mouth-watering new grid for racing supercars
  • Grid includes Jaguar XJ220's and McLaren F1's
  • Latest addition to Silverstone Classic line-up

SILVERSTONE, England - A stunning new grid of racing supercars from the 1990's has been added to the on-track for the UK'sSilverstone Classic planned for July 25-27 2014.

The inaugural 90's GT Legends line-up will have a field topped by Ferrari F40's, Jaguar XJ220's, Lister Storms, Porsche GT1's plus five McLaren F1 GTR's - at least one of them a Longtail version of only 10 built and worth the equivalent of R54-million.

IMAGE GALLERY: 90's GT Legends

These on-track icons celebrate the era from 1994-2000 when production-based GT cars ruled the endurance racing world. "This welcome resurgence followed the demise of the Group C prototypes," the weekend's organisers explained, "and harked back to when sports-car racing was dominated by street machines rather than purpose-built specials."

THEY'RE BACK...

Although relatively short, the period saw a vast array of cars compete, ranging from specialist small-volume production cars such as Ascari, Lotus and Venturi to factory programmes from McLaren, Porsche and Mercedes… even the odd hypercar such as the Bugatti EB110 and XJ220.

Initially this new breed of GT's found a playground thanks to the emergence of the BPR Global GT Series which enjoyed tremendous popularity through 1994-96.

"The premise of its success," the organisers added, "was that teams could field competitive production-based cars on relatively low budgets. Underlining their competitiveness, McLaren also won Le Mans in 1995 – the first time a showroom model had won the famous 24-Hour showdown in 25 years."

AWESOME GT'S

Such was the escalating interest in this latest generation of racing supercars that by 1997 the International Automobile Federation had created a GT1/GT2 World championship and with it came a new breed of even faster "homolgation specials" taking advantage of regulations that required a production run of only 25 to enter.

They included Porsche GT1, Panoz Esperante and Mercedes CLK-LM.

The spectacular power show expected at Silverstone Classic is expected to attract about 40 of these awesome GT's – the most seen in action since their heyday. - Newspress

  • Further information from the Silverstone Classic website.   
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