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.
As they say in show business, "The show must go on!" After all of the problems Top Gear has had with their former colleague, Ben Collins, the men of the original Top Gear are pushing ahead rather effortlessly. They are currently filming their 16th season and these guys were able to record a video of them while they were shooting a show in our very own New York.
We’re not sure what the new season is all about, but driving around in three cars like that is sure to add up to some fantastic footage! The GT3 RS develops a total of 450 HP and can hit a top speed of 193 mph; the 458 Italia develops 570 HP and has a top speed of 202 mph; and the SLS AMG develops a total of 571 HP and can hit a top speed of 197 mph.
After revealing the GT3 R Hybrid, Porsche is at it again. This time the hybrid masterpiece will come in the shape of the Porsche GT3. There aren’t any pictures of the model - heck, there isn’t even a steadfast announcement that we’ll be getting the GT3 hybrid - but that doesn’t mean that Porsche won’t be developing one. And, according to a TeamSpeed forum member, it will look like this.
The future model will more than likely feature Porsche’s KERS system, which is why rumors are circulating that the GT3 sports car will be a hybrid. It will also feature a 4.0 liter RSR engine with 500 HP, extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum, and a decrease in weight. The exterior of the car will see a larger rear wing, a new splitter, new graphics, flared fenders, intakes on the rear fenders, and a carbon hood. There might also be a PDK option optimized for the track and acceleration biased gearing.
The GT3 R Hybrid on the other hand is powered by a 480 HP 4.0 Liter flat six engine with two electric motors developing 60 kW each as well as an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the cockpit next to the driver. This unit is used to deliver energy to the electric motors and is charged whenever the driver applies the brakes, with the two electric motors reversing their function on the front axle and acting themselves as generators when not providing four wheel drive traction.
Sounds pretty promising, even for a hybrid. And, if things keep going the way they are, we are pretty much going to have to get used to the idea of a speedy hybrid.
The rumor mills are spinning again, and this time they are moving in the direction of another Porsche special edition. Adding to the countless number of special editions Porsche has given us recently - such as the 911 Carrera GTS - the Stud from Germany will also be introducing a special edition GT3 RS at the Paris Motor Show. No official details have been released yet, but we do know, that if these rumors are true, the GT3 RS will only get to be appreciated by 500 Porsche lovers.
While a standard Porsche GT3 RS develops a total of 450 HP, this limited edition is said to go up to 500 HP, going a bit closer to the turbocharged GT2 RS that develops 620 HP. We expect a top speed closer to the 200 mph barrier (up from the standard 193 mph) and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph made in less than 3.8 seconds.
Next to the engine upgrade, Porsche will also be making aerodynamic improvements and adding a series of features specific for this limited edition.
Top Gear is invading U.S. soil again and this time they have picked Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina as their picture perfect setting. The trio of James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond showed up in the Tar Heel state to film the opening to an episode on NASCAR Country. Arriving in style, May showed up in a Ferrari 458 Italia, Clarkson arrived in a Mercedes Benz AMG SLS Gullwing, and Hammond rolled in with a Porsche 911 GT3.
It’s not surprising that the UK trio were picked over their freshly chosen American counterparts. Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara, and Rutledge Wood may be the U.S.’s choice for our version of Top Gear, but they still have a long way to go to prove to the world that they have what it takes to fill the Top Gear UK shoes. At least now it seems they are getting their very own Stig. That’s definitely some sort of start.
We didn’t know that gas stations would be such a dangerous place for sports cars, but as the owner of this very dinged up Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the UK will tell you, there really is no place to feel safe with your sports car these days.
We don’t exactly know the details behind this crash, although we’re a little surprised that given the circumstances – like, say, hitting the fuel pumps - it didn’t lead to anything more dangerous. But hey, you can only count your blessings, right?
Despite the extensive damage the 911 GT3 RS sustained, we think that the car is still somewhat salvageable. It might take a lot of money to repair the entire front hood and bumper, but given that this is one sweet piece of ride, sending it to the clunkers would be a perfectly way to waste a Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Then again, not crashing it into a gas pump would’ve been a better alternative.
Porsche announced today that the 911 GT3 R Hybrid will be at the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta on October 2. The car will have to travel a distance of 1,000 miles or a maximum of ten hours to complete the race. The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid will not be eligible for points, as hybrid technology is not yet included in the GT regulations.
"After the 911 GT3 R Hybrid’s fantastic performance at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we are now eager to gain more experience with the hybrid technology on a variety of race tracks," says Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport. "At the same time, we would like to show fans and customers in our most important markets how our ‘race lab’ performs under racing conditions," adds Kristen.
Porsche also plans to race the 911 GT3 R Hybrid on November 7th at the season final of the new Le Mans International Cup, the six hour race in Zhuhai, China.
The GT3 R is powered by a hybrid drive that combines a 480 HP 4.0 Liter flat six engine with two electric motors developing 60 kW each as well as an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the cockpit next to the driver. This unit is used to deliver energy to the electric motors and is charged whenever the driver applies the brakes, with the two electric motors reversing their function on the front axle and acting themselves as generators when not providing four wheel drive traction.
Porsches that know how to get down and dirty in the name of speed are extremely sexy to us. Thank God then for strapping men like Teamspeed forum member, Fred, who entered his Porsche 997 GT3 RS at the recently-concluded Goldrush Rally at the Salt Flats in Utah.
The combination of the Porsche 997 GT3 RS and the location of the rally - you couldn’t pick a better place to whet your need for speed than at the Salt Flats - makes this three-minute video a must-watch for anybody who’s ever had a remote interest in watching the world’s fastest cars put their reputations on the line, all in the name of pushing their cars to the absolute limit.
Of course, we are unaware if Fred has tweaked his engine to his speedy liking - although we would guess that he absolutely did - but the standard Porsche 911 GT3 RS has a 3.8L engine producing 450hp with an output of 118hp per liter. The maximum torque is 317 lb.-ft. at 6,250 rpm. It makes the 0-60mph sprint in 4.0 seconds with a top track speed of 194 mph.
As kids, we were always taught by our elders to help anyone in need. Really, it’s one of the first things they teach us, apart from, you know, walking and talking. As we get older, the hope is that this life lesson remains with us and we never forget to abide by it when the situation calls for it.
For Porsche driver, Ronald van de Laar, the lesson of helping others is easier said than done. While sitting on the grid during the ADAC GT Masters, the grid girl standing in front of his Porsche 911 GT3 passes out and slams into the hood of his car in a rather big thud. Instead of getting out of his car to assist the crew helping out the poor girl, he instead demands anybody within earshot to go check on the damage the girl did to his car. Of course, we don’t really understand all of that Dutch he was speaking, but according to a few of our buddies who have a grasp of the language, van de Laar was saying something along the lines of, "check my car, the grid girl fell on it!"
We’ve seen some pretty incredible car crashes over the years, but there have only been a few that still stick in our minds months after hearing about them. Now, you can add this one to that list.
If the photos aren’t enough to induce even the slightest cringe, then you’re a lot tougher than we thought because this is about as worse a car crash as you can find anywhere. That’s a 2008 Porsche 911 GT3 except that it’s missing the other half. Unfortunately, after crashing head-on into a Coca-Cola truck at speeds in excess of 120 mph in Veracruz, Mexico, the 911 GT3 was completely eviscerated, with the collision causing the car to be split in half and the rear of the car ending up 900 feet - that’s right, 900 feet! - away from the front. Unfortunately, both the driver of the car and its passenger were killed instantly. It’s bad enough that this 2008 911 GT3 is mangled beyond repair, but what really sticks to our minds is how the two portions of the car ended up 900 feet from each other.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid made its first testings at the Nürburgring Nordschleife where it was driven by AT&T Williams Formula 1 pilot, Nico Hülkenberg. The Formula 1 pilot turned three laps at his very own Nordschleife debut in a race car and was able to get an idea of the perfect interplay of all the hybrid system components. "This test was great fun. I’m impressed with how well the hybrid system works in the Porsche."
The sports car is powered by a hybrid drive that combines a 480 HP 4.0 Liter flat six engine with two electric motors developing 60 kW each as well as an electrical flywheel power generator fitted in the cockpit next to the driver. This unit is used to deliver energy to the electric motors and is charged whenever the driver applies the brakes, with the two electric motors reversing their function on the front axle and acting themselves as generators when not providing four wheel drive traction.
Hülkenberg had some thoughts on the Nürburgring and some additional thoughts on the 911 GT3 R hybrid. “This circuit is unique – you can’t compare it to any other track in the world. This is certainly not the last time I’ll drive here,” said Hülkenberg, who has driven only single-seaters on the race circuit. “Surprisingly, in the slow corners, the 911 is not far off a Formula 1 car. The mechanical grip is impressive.”
The 911 GT3 R hybrid will compete in the Nürburgring 24 hour race on May 15th-16th, 2010, but first will prep with a spin at the next round of the Nurburgring Long Distance Championship, a 4 hour race on April 24, 2010.
Update 04/26/10: Check out the video for the Hulk’s Porsche 911 GT3 R hybrid’s run.