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.

Last September, the Koenigsegg Agera R entered the Guinness Book of Records withsix amazing records . Unfortunately for the mighty Swedish supercar, one of those six world records - the fastest brake time - has already been smashed. If you remember, the Agera R went from 300 km/h (186 mph) to 0 in 6.66 seconds.

But now, a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 managed to eclipse that number after posting a time of just 6.5 seconds from its high-speed performance 0-300-0 test at the annual Sport Auto event in Papenburg, Germany. That number is 0.16 seconds faster than the Agera R.

For those of you who have forgotten the GT3 RS 4.0 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter engine that delivers a total of 500 HP at 8,250 rpm and 339 lb-ft of torque, which is a 50 HP and 22 lb-ft increase over the current GT3 RS model.

Porsche has announced that the GT3 R Hybrid will make a return for the 2012 racing season. The vehicle made its first appearance in 2010 at the the Petit Le Mans 10-hour competition where it showed excellent performance.

The GT3 R Hybrid is known as the "rolling race laboratory," and while Porsche has not revealed any specifications on it just yet, we expect to see the same hybrid system as in the previous model: a 4.0 Liter flat six engine delivering 480 HP combined with two electric motors that each produce 100 HP. The new model will be five centimeters wider at the rear and will get almost an extra 15 centimeters on the front fenders.

"There is no way around the hybrid technology in motorsport," stressed Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development, on Saturday on the occasion of the end of year Porsche ‘Night of Champions’ celebrations. "With the 911 GT3 R Hybrid project, we have shown how you can test important future technologies on the race track and pave the way for motorsport success in the future. We will continue to determinedly blaze this trail and further develop the hybrid technology."

For 2012, the POrsche GT3 R Hybrid will race in competitions like the FIA World Endurance Championship, the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series, the International GT Open, and the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Porsche GT3 RSR is a track-only car enjoyed by drivers working events like the Le Mans 24 Hours, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans Series, the American Le Mans Series, and the International GT Open. Only a slim margin of the people wanting to drive the $689,580 GT3 RSR will actually get the chance to do it, and Orbit Racing of South Florida decided that needed to change so they transformed it into a street legal car. Well, kind of.

The man behind Orbit Racing just so happened to own a Porsche GT3 RS so he made the adjustments necessary to turn it into a GT3 RSR that is perfectly legal for any street in the USA. As far as we can tell, the car uses the same 450 HP 3.8-liter flat-six engine, but the ECU has been programmed to run with the RSR exhaust. The tuner also made some modifications to the suspensions and added some RSR bodywork to complete the look. The vehicle was then painted in an aqua blue metallic paint finish and is said to be receiving some cool graphics in the coming weeks. The interior was left untouched because a racer’s interior isn’t exactly comfortable for street driving.

Orbit Racing of South Florida just began testing the street-ready Porsche GT3 RSR to make sure all of the components are running smoothly. We don’t know how much a build like this costs, but the tuner may just be able to make it up if all goes well.

Source: OrbitRacing

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

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