The Porsche 911 has always existed as a surprisingly practical sports car, with an ample front trunk and rear seats that sit two passengers in a pinch or provide more cargo space. Strictly speaking, the 911 GT1 is not exactly the same as a basic 911—it’s a racing prototype, built from 1996 to 1998, and it won the ’98 24 Hours of Le Mans. It shares more with the mid-engine 962 Group C car than any 911. But, the street-legal GT1, built to homologate the race car, is still quite practical. No, really!
The British firm DK Engineering recently recommissioned this 1997 GT1 for a customer, and posted an “Owner’s Manual” video which shows, among other things, the trunk. Access is quite simple: The trunk opens via a button in the driver’s footwell. Residing between the wing and the engine, the trunk is actually decently accommodating, with enough room for a duffel bag or something of the like. Maybe even a grocery bag, if you laid it on its side.
Now, Porsche didn’t include a trunk simply as a convenience for the handful of customers lucky enough to buy a roadgoing 911 GT1. At the time, GT1 racing regulations stipulated that competition cars had to have some sort of cargo compartment. So Porsche built a small box into the rear clamshell, sitting right above the transmission. Because the trunk is integral with the clamshell bodywork, it moves when you open up the whole assembly. So maybe don’t put a birthday cake back there. There is a little bit of heat shielding on the panel, though. It’s practical. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.