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.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 made its debut last year at the Geneva Motor Show and it is now on sale at a price of $112,200. beside a few exterior changes, the 911 GT3 comes for the first time, with a particularly sporting variant of PSM Porsche Stability Management, offering the option to deactivate both Stability Control (SC) and Traction Control (TC) in separate steps.

The 911 GT3 is powered by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine that develops maximum output of 435 bhp, up 20 bhp over its predecessor. It offers even better grip and stability also at high speeds, specific modifications of the car’s aerodynamics increasing down-forces both front and rear to such an extent that the overall pressure pushing down the car is more than twice as great as on the former model. At the same time the new Aerodynamics Package gives the GT3 a brand-new look further accentuated by the new bi-xenon headlights, LED rear light clusters, as well as modified air intakes and outlets.

The GT3 holds an interesting place in the lineup because it is the fastest naturally-aspired car Porsche makes (aside from the track-only GT3 RSR ), and some drivers prefer the GT3 over turbo models. This GT3 makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in four seconds and has a top speed of 194 mph. This represents only 0.3 of a second slower to 60 mph and is one mile per hour faster than the current 911 Turbo . Some of Porsche’s professional drivers have felt that the marginal power loss was worth the predictability that was gained by having a non-turbo engine.

UPDATE 12/28/2010: Want to catch over 16 minutes of awesome rally car action? Check out the video after the jump to see Pro rally team Olaf Dobberkau and Alexandra König drift, slip, and slide through the track while enjoying the glorious sounds of the 911 GT3’s beautiful engine and exhaust. Enjoy!

Press release after the jump.

In a year that has been full of uncertainty, recalls, and what-have-you, at least one brand is ending it on a really high note.

For better or for worse, Porsche has had a really good year and their fortunes haven’t gone unrecognized by a lot of their peers. The automaker from Stuttgart, Germany is being recognized by a variety of media outlets for a year where it has released a steady diet of high-performance and ultra-popular cars. While some people might think that the company was lucky to have the year it has had, the folks at Porsche would prefer to describe it as “business as usual”.

Over in their homeland of Germany, the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT) listed three of Porsche’s sports as having the best value retention with the Porsche 911 leading the pack, followed by both the Boxster and the Cayman . Thee cars in the top-three. Pretty impressive.

On the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, a jury comprising of eleven motor journalists from the “Sydney Morning Herald”, “The Age” and “drive.com.au" chose the Porsche Boxster as the best convertible of 2010 and more importantly, giving it the “Drive Car of the Year Award” for the second year in a row.

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The end of the motorsport season is here and Porsche has gone out with a bang as they have introduced their 2011 GT3 RSR at the “Night of Champions” party held at the R&D Center in Weissach. The GT3 RSR will join the911 GT3 R and the911 GT3 Cup in competing in the 2011 GT racing. Teams interested can be had for 410,000 Euro ($543,000 at current rates) plus country-specific value added tax.

The new GT3 RSR is powered 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 max 450Nm of torque. That’s five horsepower more than the GT3 Cup, but 25 less than the GT3 R. The power increase was possible thanks to an engine management system, a redesigned exhaust system, and a modified air intake housing. Stopping power comes from single-piece six-piston aluminum fixed calipers in the front and single-piece four-piston aluminum fixed calipers in the rear. Taking that power to the pavement will be three-piece BBS light-alloy wheels, 12J x 18 ET 34 in the front and 13J x 18 ET 12.5 at the rear.

The Porsche GT3 RSR has a monocoque body (basis GT3 RS) of hot-galvanised steel and receives a new front lip, wider front wheels, a modified rear wing, and a redesigned rear lid for optimized air ducting. Taking its cue from the 911 GT3 Cup and the GT3 R, the RSR has been LED rear lights taken from the latest 911 road-legal cars.

Press release after the jump.

We often show you videos of supercar races that leave a lot to be desired when it comes to the quality of the videos. More often than not, these are amateur videos shot by people who probably only used their cell phones to shoot the race.

It’s rare that we chance upon a video – it actually looks like a short film – that’s as professionally done as the one the folks from Stunt Attitude made. Titled as “The Ring Race”, the short film features a Porsche 911 GT3 and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera engaging in a scintillating road race along the four corners of Paris, culminating in an exciting finish towards the end. The short was directed by Antoine Elizabe, who took great lengths in showing the incredible detail of both protagonists as they roared along the streets and highways of Paris.

Beautifully done with great editing, and not to mention two spectacular leading men – or cars – makes this short a must-watch for any Porsche and Lamborghini-loving gearhead.

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Pikes Peak record-holder Jeff Zwart and his record-setting Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car are like kindred spirits, joined together to achieve a greater purpose. We found out exactly what that purpose was when Zwart won and set a new record in the 2WD Time Attack class in last June’s 88th running of the Pikes Peak Hillclimb.

Turns out, even in the off-season, Zwart still has time to take his beloved race car out for a spin – or ten – along the Californian mountains with twists and turns that leads to God-knows-where.

When he’s not behind the wheel shaking down his 911 GT3 Cup car, the multi-titled Pikes Peak veteran – he’s been racing in the event for 12 years on nine different Porsches while winning seven different class championships - spends some time talking about and discussing his deep-seated love for his racer, clearly showing that he and his 911 GT3 Cup are like brothers from two different mothers.

Who can make a Porsche 911 GT3 look even better than it already does? That’s easy: the German tuner 9ff . Their GTurbo program offers the possibility of extracting a total of 1000 HP from your GT3 . That impressive amount of power was possible thanks to a Bi-Turbo conversion. However if 1000 HP is just to much for you, then you have other options to choose from: 9ff GTurbo750 – 750 HP, 9ff GTurbo850 – 850 HP, 9ff GTurbo1000 – 1000 HP.

The 9ff exterior kit includes: a front apron with built in LED indicators, lower side skirts and a redesigned rear apron, sport exhaust system and 19" alloy wheels in five double spoke design. With this many horses under the hood, the modified 911 ’s performance is more than impressive, going from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.0 seconds in the GTurbo850 and only 2.9 seconds in the GTurbo1000. The 9ff kit is good to accelerate from 0 to 300 km/h in 18.7 seconds and 16.5 seconds respectively while the top speed goes up to 243 MPH.

UPDATE 11/17/2010: 9ff has dropped a video of the Porsche GT3 GTurbo 850 as it raced to posting a new 381 km/h world record on the German Autobahn. They absolutely succeeded, but the best part is, the GTurbo 850’s top speed is still higher than that! It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing video you’ll ever see, but all you need to do to appreciate it is watch the speed counter on the Porsche’s dash as it rapidly accelerates, topping out at 381 km/h (237mph).

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The most successful race car of all time is set to meet some of the most successful race drivers of all time at this years’ Race of Champions. The event is an absolute riot of fun and includes cars and bikes from all forms of FIA Motorsport. At the end of every year, newly crowned Champions of their respective disciplines are pitted against each other in head to head battle. Drivers are asked to step out of their comfort zone by performing on a make-shift course in cars they don’t usually drive – which makes for interesting and entertaining racing. Not to mention the fact that all around driving skill is absolutely pivotal to success. Ever wondered how Sébastien Loeb would fare against Michael Schumacher, both driving Porsche GT3 Cup cars? Well come November 27th-28th in Dusseldorf we’ll find out.

The 3.8 liter 450 hp 911 GT3 Cup will be one of many uber cool cars being used at this years’ event and American Le Mans winner and ROC newbie, Jeroen Bleekemolen, will hope that he can drive as many heats as possible behind the wheel of his Porsche to gain an advantage over the superstar lineup. Drivers will experience superb handling and 8500RPMs of aural pleasure that is rivaled by few other cars. Traditionally, the course is tight and will allow the GT3’s handling ability to come to the fore. We look forward to all the action.

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The Porsche Experience Center at Silverstone is the breeding ground for Porsche drivers to improve their driving skills through a series of challenges. These challenges are designed to test the driving capabilities of the drivers and to see how their handling of the Porsche through these simulations. If you think it’s as easy as driving Ms. Daisy to the park on a lazy Sunday afternoon, think again.

In this video, Porsche chief driving consultant Gordon Robertson takes us all on a tour around the Porsche tracks on board a Porsche 911 GT3 , while showing us the many unique driving simulations it comes with, including a kick-plate. This is a hydraulic metal plate that ‘kicks’ the car into oversteer before passing through a wet piece of road, simulating wet conditions and giving the driver the challenge of maintaining control and balance while the car is over-steering. There’s also the ‘low-fraction handling circuit, which consists of a limestone composite surface, the same type of surface that has freshly fallen snow on it, making at an ideal place to develop car control.

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The curtain has been lifted on the new 911 GT3 Cup race car as it makes its way to the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship in just a few months. This racer is especially fantastic because it has been based on the 911 GT3 RS road car for the very first time.

Powering this mega machine is a rear-mounted 3.8-liter six-cylinder horizontally-opposed power unit that develops 450 HP and is mated to a sequential six-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential. This is a 30hp jump from the previous model thanks to the borrowed engine from the GT3 RS.

Whereas the engine setup is identical to that of the GT3 RS, the weight of the 911 GT3 Cup takes a turn to the south with a 170kg drop. This means that the GT3 Cup tips the scales at 1200kg, leaving the race car with the added performance it needs for the track.

The exterior of the vehicle is race modified with a front spoiler lip that is 15 millimeters lower than theGT3 RS and a rear wing that is now 1.70 meters, up from the original 1.46 meters. The rear wing is also mounted higher to resemble that of the 911 GT3 R raced in the FIA GT3 series. Three-piece light-alloy rims measuring 9.5 J x 18 (previously 9 J x 18) and running on 24/64-18 Michelin racing tires have been housed in the wider front wheel arches and flared wheel housings.

The price of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup starts at 149,850 Euros ($210,029 at the current rates).

Press release after the jump.

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After Autocar voted the road-going 911 GT3 RS as Britain’s Best Drivers’ Car earlier this week, it comes as no surprise that it’s racing brother, the GT3 RSR clinched the title of the world’s most successful GT Racer.

From its debut in 2004 (996), the RSR has found winning ways, taking no less than six class victories in that season. Since then the precision machine has undergone numerous improvements on its way to 19 class and overall victories between 2007 and 2010.

“It’s impressive how the 911 GT3 RSR has developed from year to year. The lap times alone are astounding, because despite the restrictions imposed on us again and again by the regulations, the car just got faster every year,” says Porsche works driver Joerg Bergmeister, who celebrated the majority of his successes at the wheel of the RSR. For this reason, the five-time winner of the American Le Mans Series is not at all anxious about tackling the 2011 season: “When you finish a season you always think: now we’ve reached our limit, now the car’s gone as far as it can go. And then Porsche comes up with something new again. And I reckon it won’t be any different in 2011.”

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