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.

Being able to catch a Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 testing around the Nurburgring race track isn’t something that happens all of the time. Lucky for us, SpotterGijs was able to catch not one, not two, but three (two white and one black) GT3 RS models looping around the race track in superb fashion.

The Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 is powered by a 4.0 liter engine producing an incredible 500 HP and 339 lb-ft of torque, a 50 HP and 22 lb-ft increase over the standard GT3 RS model. This added power will allow the GT3 RS 4.0 to get to the 62mph mark in a killer 3.9 seconds and up to 124 mph in under 12 seconds. The car already clocked an impressive 7:27 around the famous Nurburgring track, but that time may be just the beginning if this video is representative of anything!

Sit back and enjoy, the video is really worth every second!

The Porsche 911 GT3 certainly has a following with customers wanting a pure sports car experience, but sometimes there’s a need for a little more. That’s when tuning companies step in to customize the vehicles that every enthusiast seems to have. REIL Performance has done just this with the GT3 by adding a few extra horses and some well-appointed graphics.

In its standard version, the 911 GT3 uses a 3.8-liter six-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine that develops maximum output of 435 HP. REIL Performance bumped the power with a specially designed Akrapovic exhaust system, which includes an almost indispensable damper control system that helps it adapt to the track. This system adds an extra 20 HP to the engine’s output, bringing it up to a total of 455 HP. The tuner also added an HLS lift kit to bring up the nose of the sports car just enough to avoid getting scraped and ground against those road obstacles.

Porsche has officially announced details on the new GT3 RSR that will be used in the 2012 racing season. Compared to the current model, the new GT3 RSR has grown by 48 millimeters and has been built to conform to the A.C.O. "LM" GTE regulations.

The 2012 GT3 RSR is powered by a 4.0 liter six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers a total of 460 HP (up 5 HP over the 2011 model). The engine comes equipped with a mandatory air-restrictor and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The gearbox is operated via paddle shifts on the steering wheel that send the power to the rear wheels, which have grown to 310 millimeters in width. Also compared to the previous model, the front wheels have increased by 30 mm to measure 680 millimeters.

Exterior changes are minimal, but still present. The nose and rear panels have been adapted to the flared front and rear wheel arches, while openings in the rear side sections replace the air scoop on the engine hood.

The new 911 GT3 RSR can be raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans Series, the American Le Mans Series, and the International GT Open starting in the 2012 season. Deliveries will begin in January 2012 and prices will start from 498,000 Euro (plus VAT ), or about $685,000 at the current exchange rates.

The boys over at ADV.1 Wheels have been busy bees this month, haven’t they?

A few weeks ago, they set-up a Ferrari Enzo with a shiny new set of ADV5.2SL wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. Needless to say, the combination of those alloys with the allure of an Enzo makes for a mouth-watering package.

Now, they’re back with another new project, only this time, it’s for the Porsche 997 GT3 RS . It’s not the Ferrari Enzo, but Lord have mercy, it’s stunning nonetheless.

In addition to the awesome two-tone silver and black finish, ADV.1 Wheels added a new set of their 20" ADV7.1 rims - 20x8.5 at the front and 20x12 at theback - wrapped in a set of Pirelli tires. On top of that, the 997 GT3 RS also got a cool Brushed Gunmetal color trim, further adding a sizzle of sexy to an already sultry German sports car.

Once you piece ADV.1 Wheels’ work on the 997 GT3 RS and factor in the sports car’s 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 450 horsepower and 317 lb/ft of torque, you get a set-up that just leaves you wishing you could get behind the wheel of that gnarly beast.

Porsche has announced that they will be entering an improved version of the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid into the upcoming Nürburgring 24 hour race on June 25, 2011. The hybrid system will combine the same 480 HP 4.0 Liter flat six engine delivering the same 480 hp with two electric motors that each produce 100 HP, as opposed to the original 75 HP each. The weight has also been lowered from 1,350 to 1,300 kilograms, or 2976 lbs to 2866 lbs.

"We’ve collected a great deal of information from our races on the Nürburgring , at the ALMS race at Road Atlanta in the USA, as well as from the ILMC race on China’s Zhuhai circuit, which was an invaluable help for the further development of our racing laboratory," says Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche motorsport. "The emphasis of our work was on improving efficiency. That means we want to keep the lap times consis-tent with 2010 but use less energy, hence less fuel. In this way, we support future developments of road-going, sporting hybrid vehicles."

UPDATE 10/06/2011: The new GT3 R Hybrid made its debut at this year’s Laguna Seca, racing its way to a victory! Check out Porsche’s new video showing off the GT3R in action during the race by clicking on the image above. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Version 2.0.

Italy’s Stelvio Pass is known as one of the most dangerous, as well as the most amazing roads in the world. So when Top Gear wanted to do some testing shots with a truly unprecedented selection of performance cars currently on the market, Stelvio Pass was an obvious choice for the location.

In this group was the fastest production car ever, the Bugatti Veyron Supersport ; Ferrari’s new FF ; the McLaren MP4-12C ; Porsche’s finest ever 911, the GT3 RS 4.0 ; Jaguar’s new XKR-S ; Ariel’s mental Atom Mugen ; BMW’s new accessible thrill machine, the 1-Series M Coupe ; the Ford Mustang Boss Laguna Seca ; and the Zonda F . That list already presented a mouthful and there were still more vehicles present.

All the cars in the show were estimated at £3,718,090 - or about $5,217,907 at the current exchange rates - and delivered a combined output of 6,071bhp. So, which one do you like best?

Source: TopGear
Porsche 911/991

The Porsche 911 has had many illustrious and iconic generations, but the newest 911/991 is about to break the record for the longest 911 generation to date. Most 911 generations were only offered for about three to six years, but the 2012 911/991 will be around for two seven-year lifecycles and kept alive by a number of variations.

The first model to grace us with its presence after the standard 911 Carrera will be the 911 Cabriolet set to be revealed at the beginning of 2012. Following that will be the four-wheel-drive versions, the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, in December 2012. These models will mark the end of the current 3.4-liter direct-injection engine as it will only be available in the first 18 months of production. After that, standard 911 models will get a 3.8-liter engine delivering a total of 400 HP.

After the engine switch, the next model to present itself will be the 911 Turbo which will arrive in 2013. This model will get a 520 HP 3.8-liter flat engine and will be followed by the GT3 set to arrive in the same year. The GT3 variant will be powered by a high-revving normally-aspirated flat six. A Targa and a Speedster version will also be offered, with a Hybrid variant being a strong possibility.

As previously mentioned, the 911 will be offered for 14 years in two lifecycles. It will get a facelift after seven years of production.

Source: CAR

During the recent Frankfurt Motor Show, Head of Porsche Motorsport, Hartmut Kristen, gave an interview in which he discussed the technology transfer from the track to the road, as well as future developments in the world of racing.

Specifically, he discussed the technology used in the 2011 911 GT3 RSR and how it was transferred to the street-legal model, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 . The GT3 RSR is powered by a 4.0-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. This combination delivers 455 HP at 7,800 rpm and a peak torque of 331 lbs-ft. The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 uses a 4.0 liter engine producing an incredible 500 HP and 339 lb-ft of torque.

The technology used in both models has helped the GT3 RSR win in its category at the 24-hr of Nürburgring this year, while the GT3 RS 4.0 delivers incredible performance for a car in its class.

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS

With the new Porsche 911/991 specs revealed ahead of the vehicle’s Frankfurt debut, it was only a matter of time before the full line of 911 models got their turn at the rendering desk. We’ve already covered the 911 Turbo and the 911 GT3 , so now it’s the GT3 RS’ turn.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS should debut a short time after the 911 GT3 is revealed sometime in 2013. It will take the GT3’s 480 HP and tack on another 20 HP for a total of 500 HP. Unlike other 911 models, the GT3 RS will be offered exclusively with Porsche’s new seven-speed manual gearbox.

In addition to the added power, the 911 GT3 RS will feature some additions typical to the RS family. Expect an improved suspension to keep those tires firmly planted, better aerodynamics to reduce drag and boost performance, and an extra-large carbon-fiber rear wing serving as a reminder of its racing connections.

Before the new 911/991 graces the Frankfurt Motor Show floor,Porsche is wrapping up the current 911 series with the 2012 GT3 R racing car, a model that has been successful due to great handling and speed. The new model year takes those features even further with added horsepower and accessories.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R is powered by a four-liter, six-cylinder flat engine that delivers a total of 500 HP, an improvement of 20 HP thanks to the optimization of the intake system. The six speed sequential gearbox was then adapted to the higher maximum output and paddleshifters were installed on the steering wheel for easier and faster gear changes. The transmission electronics, featuring an automatic throttle blip control, further facilitates gear changes. The race-ABS braking system rolls over from the previous model years, as does the sophisticated ex-works traction control.

The new GT3 R is still placed between the GT3 Cup and the 911 GT3 RSR , and will be used in competitions starting next year. It will be put on sale in November 2011 at a price of 304,500 Euro, or about $434,000 at the current exchange rates. If you just so happen to own a 2010 or 2011 GT3 R, don’t fret, Porsche is giving current customers the chance to upgrade their models to the 2012 specifications for 43,100 Euro, or about $61,000.

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