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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.

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.

Porsche 911 GT3

The new generation Porsche 911 GT3 is set to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but we’ll be able to see plenty of pictures ahead of its debut thanks to our spy photographers. Our guys snagged up a few more images of the prototypes testing, this time with a clearer look at the future sports car.

The new 911 GT3 will feature the same exterior updates as all of the other models in the 911 line-up , but Porsche’s main focus will be to reduce the car’s overall weight. Rumors say that the car will be about 180-200 lbs lighter than the current model.

Under the hood, Porsche will be working with a normally aspirated 3.8-liter flat six engine with an output of 450 HP, a 15 HP increase over the current model. With the extra 15 HP and the decrease in weight, the upcoming 911 GT3 will get closer to a top speed of 200 mph. The model will also only be offered with a PDK seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic, no manual for this baby.

Sales for the new Porsche 911 GT3 will begin in late 2013.

The new generation Porsche 911 GT3 is set to be unveiled sometime at the end of 2012, most likely at the Los Angeles Motor Show. This means that the company is currently very busy testing the car and we all know that wherever there’s a car testing, there is also a spy photographer. So ,here’s the latest video of the future 911 GT3.

The 911 GT3 will be powered by a normally aspirated 3.8-liter flat six engine with an output of 450 HP - an increase of 15 HP over the current version. The next GT3 won’t be offered with a manual transmission, meaning that customers will only enjoy a PDK gearbox. It is believed that top speed will be somewhere in the 200 mph area, while the 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in about 4 seconds.

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Porsche 911 GT3

Just a few hours ago, we released a set of spy shots for the upcoming Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible , but that wasn’t the only model out for a little test spin today. Our spy photographers have hit the jackpot with images of the 911 GT3 completely stripped of all of its cammo!

Compared to the previous prototypes caught testing, this model is still donning the new rear wing and front spoiler. Most of the body’s components will be made out of composites to help reduce the car’s weight by about 180-200 lbs.

The biggest mystery regarding the next GT3 is what’s going to be tucked underneath its hood. It is rumored that the next GT3 will get a new 4.0 liter engine and not the 3.8L naturally-aspirated six cylinder found in the current model. Regardless of the engine choice, Porsche has promised an output of about 480 HP. Porsche CEO Matthias Muller also announced that the new GT3 will not use Porsche’s new 7-speed PDK transmission. It will actually come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, with the technologically-advanced, yet less satisfying, PDK transmission set to be available as an optional extra.

Expect to see the new GT3 launched later in Summer 2012 when we hope this engine mystery will finally be solved.

Posted on by Brad Anderson

In what can only be described as a truly incredible and informative review, Chris Harris recently pitted the BMW M3 GTS , Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series , and Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 against each other for the Drive network and has delivered yet another piece of automotive art.

All three cars, particularly the BMW and Mercedes-Benz are aimed at a very small, niche segment of the market where prospecting buyers want cars which can perform equally well on the track as they do on the road. The 911 on the other hand, is for all intents and purposes, a full-on race car converted for road use and carries much greater expectations.

This may surprise some, but all of the aforementioned cars were priced fairly similarly when they first hit the market and even though the BMW M3 GTS is no longer produced, it’s as relevant as it was back in 2010 immediately after its launch.

Sure, more fun can be had in other cars than in these three, with Harris highlighting the fact that an Ariel Atom could be purchased for the same money but that of course, doesn’t work on the road like a truly incredible car should. As a result, Harris assembled these three cars to test both their on-track and off-track capabilities while also seeing which promotes the greatest amount of hooliganism.

We won’t spoil the end result for you, but needless to say, this is one of the very best ways to spend 25 minutes.

While we are all waiting for the new generation Porsche GT3 , French tuner Delavilla has unveiled a very cool upgrade package based on the current 997 GT3 at the 2012 Top Marques Monaco. While the standard GT3 delivers a total of 435 HP, the French tuner has found a wayn to increase the total output to an impressive 530 HP. The only problem is that we’ll have to pay 126,000 euro (about $166,000 at the current exchange rates) if you want to drive one.

The package includes four vertically superposed exhaust pipes, a reworked chassis with specific dampers, an active suspension, and, of course, a new set of wheels offered in any color desired by the customer. The Porsche 911/997 GT3 on display is painted in a very cool yellow color, but customers can choose between 21 color options. The interior can be dressed in the same color as the exterior with a combination of Alcantara and carbon fiber.

We get pretty excited when we see a plethora of supercars in the same video, so when we saw models like the Mclaren MP4-12C , the Koenigsegg CCXR , and Agera R all put together, we just had to take a look. Then we found out that the star of the show was actually the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 - and there wasn’t just one but a bunch of examples of this awesome sports car.

The cars were caught by Youtube user jorrie2 during a Nurburgring testing session and next to very impressive driving shots, the video also reveals just how cool this car’s engine sounds.

As a reminder, the GT3 RS 4.0 is powered by a 4.0 liter engine producing an incredible 500 HP and 339 lb-ft of torque. This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

It’s been a while since we last brought any details on the upcoming Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 GT3 , so here’s a very cool video of the two models in action on the Nurburgring, courtesy of BridgeToGantry.com.

The two models caught testing came equipped with the PDK semi-automatic transmission and seem to have received some final touches, making an official debut closer than we think. Both models will go on sale by the end of 2012.

The future Porsche 911 GT3 will be powered by a 4.0 liter engine that will deliver a total of 480 HP, while the Porsche 911 Turbo will get a 3.8-liter flat-six engine pumping out about 550 HP. Next to the seven-speed PDK, the two models will also receive a standard six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

Posted on by Timmy Calloway 7

How do you write the word "Porsche ," and make that word over 475 feet long? Well, obviously there is only one way; you take 48 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Brazil race cars and line them up accordingly beside a massive Brazilian flag. Where do you accomplish something like this? On the finishing straight at Estoril Circuit in Portugal, of course.

This is exactly what happened on March 15, 2012. 180 people from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil team and the Portuguese staff of Estoril Circuit came together before the season opening race to get the perfect shot. The entire shoot took 23 hours, and the end result was this 3 minute 30 second video which includes helicopter shots and a time-lapse of the shoot. All that was left to do was write "Porsche" with rubber by having all 48 cars do simultaneous burnouts!

Check out the video to see the whole event take place, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments section below.

This may look like a strange competition, but it’s not the first time someone has chosen to pit a sports car against a sports bike. We have actually seen these types of races plenty of times before, but this race starts a very exquisite sports car: a Porsche 911 GT3 RS .

The idea came from French motorcycle publication, Moto Journal, who ran the Porsche up against a Yamaha R1 . The race is kind of unfair considering the GT3 RS can hit a top speed of 193 mph, whereas the YZF R1 can only top out at 160 mph, but the video is still entertaining enough to give a view. Who knows, there may even be some surprises to see.

After viewing, let us know what you think by hitting us up in the comments section below.


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