Porsche GT3

Porsche GT3

  There is always one version of the factory built Porsche 911 that stands head and shoulders above the rest of its backwards engineered brethren. The 911 GT3 is the choice of seasoned racers with a high revving naturally aspirated flat six and a track tuned suspension. The GT3 offers true race car performance in a street vehicle.

Falken Motorsports announced the first details on its upgraded Porsche 997 GT3 R that will be raced in this year’s VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours events. The driver lineup will remain unchanged and will include: Sebastian Asch, Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger.

The 2013 GT3 R has been upgraded with a new aerodynamic package that includes wider wings, new splitter and double canards, plus a larger rear wing that helps increase downforce. Falken Motorsports also installed enlarged cooling vents around the front, while the wheel arches have also been enlarged to allow the car to ride on larger wheels and tires when compared to last year.

Under the hood, the car will keep the usual 4-liter, flat-six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower.

First tests of the car will be made at the March, 16th at the annual VLN setup day.

Stay tune for more information.

The next-generation 911 GT3 and 911 Turbo are waiting for their official unveiling, but unfortunately this won’t happen until March when the GT3 will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, while the Turbo version will arrive a little bit later.

Fortunately for us, the two models were caught testing very hard on the Nürburgring track and, as you can hear in the video, both models sound pretty sweet. They both seem to take their beating pretty well, as they remain glued to the `Ring’s surface like true racecars.

As a reminder, the 911 GT3 is powered by a normally aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six engine with an output of 450 horsepower — a 15-horsepower bump over the current model. On the other hand in the 911 Turbo model’s engine delivers a total of 550 horsepower.

With the extra 100 horsepower, the 911 Turbo will be a little bit faster than the GT3, so for sure this is the most awaited model in the new 991 generation.

Both models will go on sale late in 2013.

Flying Lizards took their Porsche 911 RSR to the track for the first official practice session during the 2012 Petit Le Mans. The guys over GoPro were just around Road Atlanta circuit and they shot a pretty impressive video using a pair of HERO3 cameras at 2.7K/30fps. Watch the video to hear the amazing sound produced by the racing car!

As a reminder, the 911 GT3 RSR is powered by a 4.0 liter six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers a total of 460 HP. The engine sends its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed gearbox operated via paddle shifts on the steering wheel.

On the exterior the race car received a specially developed aerodynamic package, while the interior received all the updates needed for the race track. The model can be raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the American Le Mans Series, and the International GT Open and is priced at $685,000.

A few weeks ago we brought you the first teaser image of the upcoming 911 GT3 Cup car . Today Porsche has released the first teaser video for the upcoming racecar, which is set to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013 and the World Endurance Championship.

The model will be based on the new generation Porsche 911 , but it is believed to carry much of its design elements and technology from the current generation. Under the hood you will find the same 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine as found in the standard GT3, but with some extra ponies added in.

On the outside, the model will receive ultra-wide fenders, an aerodynamic package specially designed for racing and, of course, extra air intakes for better engine cooling. Just like with any other racecar, the GT3 Cup car will be equipped with a high-flow exhaust system, adjustable blade-type anti-roll bars, 18-inch wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes.

Los Angeles based tuner Royal Muffler has unveiled a pretty cool tuning package based on the current generation Porsche GT3 RS . This will keep you busy until Porsche will bring on the market the 991 GT3 RS in 2013 .

Royal Muffler’s package is called Satin Blue - a reference to the cool color used for the GT3 RS’ exterior. The tuner opted for a main satin blue and combined it with satin grey and satin white for the racing stripes.

Also, the car’s standard rear wing has been replaced with a new carbon fiber one from GT3R Hybrid. The car sits on a new set of BBS wheels with a black powder coated paint and wrapped in Toyo R888 tires. The new wheels have been combined with a new set of Brembo Type III 2-Piece Floating Disc specially designed for track used. On the interior everything remains unchanged except the roll cage that has been painted.

Professional photographer Nino Batista knows what people want. More specifically, he knows the pulse of the common warm-blooded man.

So when he as a car like the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Racer and a model like Alicia Thill at his disposal, you know darn well that a photo spread is about to ensue.

As far as we’re concerned, we can’t decide what we like better: the car or the girl. Both are hot and both are just downright drool-worthy.

Fortunately, Batista knows the art of compromising. So instead of focusing on just one model, he decides to have both in his spread, to the gratitude of men all over the world.

For more details on this photoshoot, hop on over and check out the gallery below. There’s something to be said about a girl and a sports race car that seem to be at home with each other. This spread for Autodynamica featuring Thill and the 911 GT3 Cup Racer is one of those instances.

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Porsche 911 GT3

The next generation Porsche 911 GT3 is expected to arrive onto the market as a lighter and more powerful sports car than the generation it replaces. It has even been rumored to carry Porsche’s new 7-speed PDK transmission, although those rumors were later denied by Porsche CEO Matthias Muller.

Confirmation and details surrounding the specs of the future GT3 will finally be put to rest in March 2013, according to a Porsche insider that provided some insight on the future model to British magazine AutoCar. According to him, the new model will be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will be available for order soon after that.

Under the hood, Porsche will place the latest generation of their normally aspirated 3.8-liter flat six engine that will deliver a total of 450 HP, up from the 435 HP of the previous model. This small boost in power will be combined with the 88 lbs of weight loss to provide better performance times: a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of less than 4 seconds and a top speed closer to 200 mph.

In order to keep the weight to a minimum, Porsche has used lightweight materials for the car, has kept the interior equipment to a minimum, and has deleted the rear seats completely. The exterior of the GT3 will get a more aggressive look that will distinguish it from the other models in the 911 line-up .

After the release of the standard 911/991 GT3, Porsche will also be developing a more powerful GT3 RS version for the 2015 model year. It will deliver an impressive 480 HP.

Source: AutoCar

When you have the gift of capturing images through a camera lens, it’s something that you can make a good living doing. Nino Batista is one of those people with that particular set of skills and to our good fortune, he’s taken his talents into the world of auto photography.

One of his newest photo sets features sexy hottie, Sophia Michaelson, but it’s not just this long-legged brunette that got our attention. Batista also managed to gather some of the finest exotics in the land to be part of the photo shoot.

There’s a Porsche Carrera GT in there, as well as a modified Porsche GT3 , a Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spyder 16M , and yes, even a Maserati Cambiocorsa Spyder GT. Somehow, we couldn’t escape the idea of having one girl flirting with all these supercars.

Makes us think that we probably should be in there too, only because we think Sophia’s getting too cold wearing that skimpy bikini. Then again, if we can’t make it in the photos, we’re perfectly fine staring at them.

Check out Nino Batista’s spread of Sophia Michaelson in the gallery below!

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It looks like Porsche is testing their 911 GT3 prototypes all over the world, as three different prototypes were caught testing completely undisguised in L’Ametlla del Vallés, Spain, among other locations.

All three prototypes that were caught testing were equipped with a PDK gearbox and steel brake discs (no PCCB) with six and four-piston calipers. We’re assuming that they were also powered by the normally aspirated 3.8-liter flat six engine said to be in the future 911/991 GT3. This engine comes with an output of 450 HP, just a 15 HP increase over the current model. With this power, the GT3 will go close to 200 mph. Customers will have the possibility to choose between both manual or Porsche’s new 7-speed PDK transmission.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 is expected to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next March. Sales will begin shortly after.

After a huge wildfire delayed the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, it has finally had its day in the spotlight, and it did not disappoint. The entire PPIHC was chock-full of craziness and highlights, along with some low-lights worthy of mention.

The biggest highlight of the day was seeing a record set at last year’s race fall. It fell not only once, but twice in only 10 starts. Switzerland’s Romain Dumas – a PPIHC rookie – fired up the hill, completing the course in just 9:46.18 in his 2012 Porsche GT3 RS . This demolished the 9:51.278 record set by Nobuniro Tajima In 2011. Just 10 starts later, Rhys Millen, an 18-year PPIHC veteran, beat Dumas’ time by 0.02 seconds in his 2012 Hyundai Genesis coupe. Yeah, figure that one out; a Hyundai beat a Porsche GT3 RS .

Dejected, Dumas vowed never to race Pike’s Peak again, claiming it is unfair because he raced in rainy conditions, while Millen got a drier track to run on. In all honesty, though, 10 starts just doesn’t seem like a long enough time frame to cause a huge discrepancy in track conditions. We’re calling “Sore loser” on this one. That’s no way to get a good name in the racing world.

A huge low-light in this year’s race is the fact that the 2011 champion and former record holder, Nobuniro Tajima, didn’t even get a shot at the title, as his electric motor burned up. Tajima had a pretty good chance to win the race in back-to-back years, but that was apparently not in the cards this year. We’re sure he’ll be back near the top next year.

Let’s take a look at the top-3 in each class, plus the top-10 overall results.

Click past the jump to see these results.

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