Crazy Car for Sale: Center-Drive 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S Turned GT3
We have come across some pretty interesting cars for sale these days. Just recently, we covered that custom 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 by Vielside and let’s not forget about the apocalypse-surviving Toyota 4Runner or the R35-power Nissan Juke. And, these are just the tip of the iceberg. This time, we’re here to tell you about a 2008 Porsche Carrera S that has been converted to center drive and fitted with tons of GT3 parts. The real kicker: It is 150-pounds lighter than it was when it rolled off the production line and 75-pounds lighter than a stock 911 GT3.
Here’s Why Porsche will Bring back the 959 in 2019
In 2018, Porsche took us by surprise with a 935 race car for the modern era. Although based on the existing 911 GT2 RS and built using parts from the 919 Hybrid, 911 RSR, and 911 GT3 R, the modern 935 looks incredibly similar to its sibling, produced between 1978 to 1981. With Porsche now making tribute cars from the past, what if Porsche decides to create a modern rendition of the 959 in 2019?
Porsche 911 GT2 RS - From 444 to 700 Horsepower
Porsche has been offering high-performance versions of the 911 since the early 1970s, with the most iconic model being the Carrera 2.7 RS. But once the Germans adopted turbocharging, the traditional RS stepped down, making room for a new range-topping sports car, the 911 GT2. First introduced in 1993, the GT2 is now in its fourth generation, which is based on the 991.2 model. It’s faster, more powerful, and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, while also boasting more technology than ever. Thenew GT2 RS is a massive departure from the first GT2 from more than two decades ago under the skin, and we’re going to look at those changes in a drivetrain comparison for all four generations.
The GT2 was born out of the 993-generation 911 as a homologation vehicle for motorsport purpose. Built to meet GT2 class regulations, the road cars were named accordingly and the nameplate survived to this day. The first GT2 was discontinued in 1998, but Porsche revived the badge in 2002 for the 996 model. After three years, it was again discontinued, only to return as the 997 GT2 in 2008. The 997 was also the first GT2 to get an RS designation, which was offered in very limited numbers from 2010 to 2012. Come 2017 and the GT2 returns to the market as an RS model only. Since 1993, the drivetrain not only swapped air-cooled for water-cooled engines, but also gained more displacement a lot more power. Let’s find out more about that below.
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Valentine’s Day Special – Spread The Car Love
There’s really one good reason you’re reading these words right now – you love cars. Non-car people don’t get it. They laugh and roll their eyes, calling it a waste of time to fix up that old beater, a waste of money to get out to the track for another weekend. That’s ok – let ‘em. Of course it doesn’t make sense to them. They don’t know the joy of finally getting an engine to spark back to life. They don’t know the thrill of setting a new personal best lap time. Too bad for them.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we’ve assembled five videos that are sure to remind you why you love cars. We’ve got a little bit of everything here, from Euro speed to Japanese tech, ground-up rebuilds to expansive muscle car car collections.
So sit back, hit play, and when you’re done, treat yourself to a drive.
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Porsche ended production for the 997 Turbo Cabriolet back in 2012, having replaced it with the current generation 991. But, even if it has been close to four years since we last saw the 997 Turbo Cabriolet, German tuner Wimmer RS still took time to build an impressive kit for the previous-generation 911. If you think about it, any kit that promises up to 840 horsepower of performance is incredible, even if the model has been gone for a long time.
That’s what we have here with this kit from Wimmer. It’s not one of those overblown kits that come with a grocery list of aerodynamic components and interior upgrades. In fact, it has neither of those things. But, anybody who does avail of this program will have no trouble accepting the absence of these items because the engine upgrade that it does have has the capacity to bring the car’s performance capability to a whole new stratosphere.
Think this Wimmer kit is dated? Let me be the first to tell you that you’re not going to feel that way once you step inside a 977 Turbo Cabriolet with this program firmly entrenched in it. On the aesthetic side, it even has a unique body wrap that’ll ensure that all eyes will be glued to this 977 Turbo Cabriolet when it’s on the road.
There are a lot of things to like about this program for the 997 Turbo Cabriolet by Wimmer RS. I’m sure those who end up getting it will have no problems agreeing with that sentiment.
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If you happen to be browsing Cars.com for a new Porsche this time of year, you’re going to find one really interesting example of a 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S. From the outside, the car doesn’t look that much different from any other
generation Carrera S, but when you look inside, you’ll be surprised to see just one front seat..
Sure one of the front seats has been removed, but as you can see from the images, it isn’t what you might think. This car has been modified by Centro 911. The company specializes in centralizing the driver seat inside 997 generation Carreras. This isn’t the only model out there like this. A quick online search yields a few stories of different 997-gen Carreras that have been modified like this. The idea is based off some McLaren designs like the 1993 McLaren F1, for example.
The most notable thing about the car isn’t actually the seating configuration. Sure a central front seat in a 911 is a bit of a rarity, but the work that went into making the car look as stock as possible on the inside is absolutely astounding. As you can see, the instrument cluster, driver portion of the dash and the center console have all been moved over. To make up for the portion of the dash that had to be removed, Centro 911 actually put in some amazing carbon fiber work to make the interior look good. Apparently, the seat even slides to one side to aid entry and exit. We’re not sure what this kind of conversion costs, but you can buy the example on Cars.com for $77,500, with just over 30,000 miles.
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There’s something wonderfully evocative about watching a modern 911 executing Scandinavian flicks and slinging gravel everywhere. It’s not without precedent either. The Porsche 911 has an incredibly rich rally history that includes several high-profile victories, including a Dakar Rally win in 1984. But, since then Porsche has been pretty quiet on the rally front.
The FIA established the World Rally Championship RGT class as a way to diversify beyond the Ford, Citroen and Volkswagenall-wheel-drive hot hatches that make up the majority of rally entries. Starting in 2011, RGT regulations allowed rear-wheel-drive GT cars to enter WRC and European Rally Championship events. So far, Lotus is the only manufacturer to build an RGT car, the Lotus Exige RGT, but it was a very short-lived program.
In 2014, the FIA changed the homologation requirements for RGT entries, allowing individually prepped cars to become eligible, like this Tuhill-prepped Porsche 911 Cup turned rally car getting wrung out by Chris Harris in this video. Richard Tuthill carved out a niche for himself building classic Porsche 911 rally cars for the East African Safari Rally and other classic car rallies, but he’s since turned his attention to more modern machinery and the WRC RGT.
The car started life as 997 911 Cup racecar. Its chassis has been raised on softer suspension, and gravel tires have been fitted at all four corners. The engine is unchanged, with the exception of an air-restrictor to meet horsepower requirements. Inside, the roll cage has been modified with side-impact protection and a passenger seat added for the navigator. It’s a massively desirable thing, and, according to Harris, it’s just as much fun to drive as you would hope.
Take-up for the RGT class has been slow partly because the cars compete directly against factory-backed WRC cars, the pace that RGT cars can’t hope to match. Still, it’s awesome to see these cars competing, and I have my fingers crossed that there are other nut-jobs out there hatching schemes to rally-prep Astons and Ferraris.
It’s been only a few months since the first 2015 Lamborghini Huracans were shipped to their owners and the Gallardo’s successor has already made its first appearance on the drag strip. If you were anxious to find out what this entry-level supercar is capable of on the quarter-mile, I have the perfect video for you.
The Huracan you’re about to see above is bone stock and pitted against two vehicles that are less powerful on paper. The first one is a 997-generation 911 Turbo that had its engine tweaked to generate 600 horsepower, while the second one an Audi TT RS with 530 horsepower at its disposal. For reference, the stock Huracan’s 5.2-liter V-10 cranks out 610 ponies and 413 pound-feet of torque for a 0-to-62 mph sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of more than 202 mph.
It’s all good for the Huracan on paper, but is it enough against a pair of highly modified cars specifically designed for the drag strip? I’m not going to spoil the video, so you’re going it to have to watch it to find out. Be prepared for an unexpected outcome though.
When the 2007 GT3 997 hit the streets, it bore the most powerful atmospheric engine Porsche had ever created. With 415 horsepower on tap from a howling 3.6-liter, flat-six motor that revs all the way a lofty 8,400 rpm, there’s plenty of straight-line speed. Complimenting this is a suspension setup that’s clearly well designed for attacking split times. However, that ferocity on the track belies the GT3’s docility around town. The amount of practicality Porsche managed to get away with in the 997 is quite surprising, given the pure performance intentions behind the car’s design. While not necessarily a daily driver, the 997 is still capable of picking up a gallon of milk without completely curdling one’s innards. But really, who cares about all that? This speed weapon from Stuttgart is beyond such menial tasks. Instead, owners should shower it with full–throttle salutes, at-limit cornering, and expensive go-faster parts.
Clearly, the current owner of this particular 997 agrees.
Listed for sale at Porsche enthusiast website Rennlist, this GT3 is simply dripping with high-end modifications. It’s also an award winner, collecting such accolades as Car and Driver’s “45 Cars You Must See from SEMA 2014”, and “Best Aftermarket Porsche” from DrivingLine. And with only 14,450 miles on the odometer, it’s practically brand new.
The owner clearly picked a good platform for his project. The 997 is one of the best-selling Porsches of all time. Even renowned Porsche-hater Jeremy Clarkson can’t deny it’s tantalizing appeal.
With such a good starting point, how can anyone expect to make improvements without utterly ruining it? Make the jump to find out.
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Sometimes you just need a manual transmission to row. That’s how our friend Chris Harris feels before he hops in two of the last manual-transmission track cars still around, the older 997 Porsche GT3 RS and the famed 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.
A rain-soaked racetrack nestled in the rolling English countryside provides the playground, and despite the standing water, the two cars stay planted on the tarmac. Sure, Harris has plenty of sideways action, but it seems nothing was unplanned.
The point of this little track test, according to Harris, isn’t to compare the Z/28 and GT3 RS side-by-side, but to just have fun rowing gears in a proper sports car — something our host isn’t used to saying in regards to a Camaro. Nevertheless, the Z/28’s engine with its high-tech internals and 7,000-rpm redline, provides plenty of fun. Its 305-series tires provide enough grip around the wet track to keep the 3,800-pound car from sliding into the wall.
Manual transmission-equipped sports cars are becoming less and less popular, as the performance numbers provided by these new flap-paddle gearboxes outdo those of the manual and as fewer people know how to drive stick. While it’s probable most folks looking to buy a hyped-up sports car know how to do the three-pedal dance, it’s undeniable that dual-clutch automatics are faster around a track.
But that begs the question; is speed everything, or is the connection and experience with the car worth more? Let us know what you think in the comments.
Sabine Schmitz is a name you might recognize; she is a professional driver who is referred to by many as the “Queen of the ‘Ring.” She was one of the first head drivers of the Nurburgring taxi service, and if you have ever watched Top Gear, she is the excitable young German lady that took a Ford Transit van around the Green Hell in Series 6. She also hosts German automotive television show, D Motor. To say she knows cars is quite an understatement, and that is what makes this video so interesting. Sabine owns a 997-generation 911 GT3 that she has driven for more than 12,000 miles on the Nurburgring alone, and she is set to compare it to the all-new 991-generation 911 GT3. You know, the one that Porsche stopped selling because it caught on fire.
With Sabine’s intimate knowledge of the older GT3, it is really interesting to hear her take on the new car. She has the ability to really pick out the subtle things that make each car feel and perform differently. Now this is only a short performance test and drive time on a closed airfield, not a blast down the Nordschliefe, so Sabine can only say so much about the way the car drives, but she still seems impressed.
Click play to watch Sabine beat on both her personal 911, the new 911, and as a bonus you get to hear lots of angry Porsche flat-six wail as she drags both cars screaming to their redlines. It a glorious thing, so turn that volume up.
Liveries and sponsors are an important part of motorsport. No wonder certain models are best recognized when wearing the colors of Martini, Gulf Oil or even Coca Cola. Take Porsche for instance; the Germans have scored some of their most important racing wins while wrapped in Martini, Gulf and Rothmans liveries. The 911, 935, 936, 956 and the 962 are all related to these brands. But there’s a certain livery that’s often overlooked when it comes to Porsche. The white, red and blue of Brumos Racing, a team established by Peter Gregg in Florida, in 1971.
A race driver himself, Gregg took on the IMSA GT Championship with sponsorship from Brumos Porsche, a dealerships that had been importing rear-engined sports car into America since 1959. Granted, Brumos never reached the heights of the Gulf- and Rothmans-sponsored Porsches, but it did win the 24 Hours of Daytona four times. Its first success dates back to 1973, while the most recent win occurred in 2009. Brumos’ career also includes appearances in the Can-Am series with the incredibly fast 917. Although the company folded in 2013, its white cars adorned by red and blue stripes remained iconic figures among endurance racing aficionados.
To honor Brumos Porsche and its successful track record, the Germans launched a special-edition 911 Carrera GTS in 2012. Dubbed B59, it consisted of only five bespoke units that came in Carrara White with the famous Brumos stripe design. These sports cars also payed tribute to Hurley Haywood, who raced Porsches for around 20 years and played a big part in Brumos’ success. All five were delivered to the United States, where they found homes in collectors’ and Brumos enthusiasts’ garages. Some keep them alongside other Porsches, while others store them in garages that also include British vehicles and pure American muscle cars.
They all share a common passion that has been captured brilliantly in the video above. Hit the play button to meet the owners and the story behind Brumos and Hurley Haywood.
We heard the first details on the possibility of a new 550 shortly after Volkswagen unveiled the Volkswagen Bluesport concept. Back then, the 550 was believed to be one of the three production models rumored to be based on the Bluesport: one from Audi, one from Volkswagen would have joined Porsche. Unfortunately, that all ended when VW announced that the Bluesport would bot be produced.
Now, new details suggest that the 550 will instead be built as a new Speedster version of the new-generation 911. Reports suggest that it will be built as a tribute to the classic 550 Spyder built from 1953 to 1957. The new model is rumored to be unveiled sometime in 2015, and will be limited to only 550 units.
According to AutoBild, the new 550 will feature hidden door handles — just like the classic 550 — a chopped-down windshield and a fabric top that will reside under a rear cover made from carbon fiber. This makes it possible for the fabric top to be used only when it is absolutely necessary.
Click past the jump to read more about the previous 911 Speedster model.
The Porsche 997 GT3 may have already been replaced by a slew of newer models, including the current generation 991 GT3, but sports cars like this are the rare kind that really lasts the test of time.
That’s why a tuning company like Cam Shaft went out of its way to give the sports car quite an aftermarket program. You might notice that this 997 GT3 is wearing a pretty snazzy livery. Look closer and you’ll realize that Cam Shaft, no stranger to fancy dress-ups, gave the German sports car an individually customized Martini Racing design on top of the Pearly White full-scale foil. The Martini Racing livery is the real head-turner here, complete with all the trimmings, lines and even the iconic Mattes logo on the hood and doors.
Availing of this design will cost you &euro2,400 for the Pearl White finish and &euro900 for the Martini livery. It’s not exactly cheap, but ultimately, it should be worth the investment if you have the finances to do so.
But the Martini Racing dress-up isn’t the only thing that makes this program stand out. Cam Shaft also gave the car’s engine a little tweaking of its own, courtesy of its in-house PP performance engine optimization program. With this &euro1,899 modification, Cam Shaft was able to increase the 997 GT3’s output to 435 horsepower, 20 ponies more than the standard output.
It still falls short of the current 475-horsepower output of the current 991 GT3, but it’s still a nice bump in our opinion.
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At the end of July, Porsche set a new record for the largest parade of 911 models, with 1,208 different 911s lapping Silverstone at once. Now, two weeks later Porsche decided to finally unveil the video of the record parade.
The parade was part of the celebration of the 911’s 50th anniversary and was organized by Porsche Club Great Britain. Along with bringing together this amazing number of 911s from all generations, the parade also brought into focus legendary drivers and Mark Porsche, the son of Ferdinand Alexander ’Butzi’ Porsche who designed the original 911.
The parade brought together classic Carreras, 911 RSs, RSRs, 911 GTs, Speedsters, Targas, and 911 Turbo and you can spot them all in this short video. Check out the video and try to see how many models can you recognize and which ones would you like to own. We’ll take them all...
LOMA is best known for its work on the C6 Corvettes, but recently the German company has decided to turn its sights on Porsche. Because of the company’s location, all of the parts in the kit are made in Germany using carbon fiber, which is something a Porsche owner will prefer.
The 911 GT3 RSR is one of the most awesome Porsches ever built, but it’s not built to handle daily driving nor is it priced for the average Porsche buyer. To help satisfy your urge to own one, LOMA decided to make a kit to allow for you to turn your 997 into an RSR.
The 911 retains the stock engine that produces at least 325 horsepower, but LOMA offers a sports exhaust system to give the car more of a racecar soundtrack. The suspension and brakes also stay the same as the stock car, so the car doesn’t ride any lower than stock unless you decide to lower the car yourself.
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LA-based tuner, Misha, is at it again and this time around, a 997-generation Porsche 911 is its canvas. This all-new body kit, dubbed the GTM2, adds even more sportiness and a little more width to the last-generation 911. This kit will fit on any wide- or narrow-body 911 between 2005 and 2011, and it is compatible with both versions of the 997.1 and 997.2 taillights.
The kit includes a new front bumper, a revised hood, a set of side skirts and an all-new rear bumper. Additionally, you get to choose from one of three styles of rear wing, including a sporty-looking duck-tail-style wing. If you need to save a little weight, you can opt for the front bumper lip, the rear diffusor and the wing blade to be made from carbon fiber.
The great thing about this kit is that it bolts directly to the 911’s existing mounting points. This eliminates the need for drilling and potentially ruining the value of your beloved sports car. Additionally, you can buy the entire kit for one bulk price or you can break it up piece-by-piece if money’s a little tight.
In talking to Misha, we found that the entire kit runs $6,795 and if you opt for the carbon-fiber upgrade, it jumps to $8,495. To purchase the components separately, you must contact Misha.
Professional photographer Nino Batista knows what people want. More specifically, he knows the pulse of the common warm-blooded man.
So when he as a car like the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Racer and a model like Alicia Thill at his disposal, you know darn well that a photo spread is about to ensue.
As far as we’re concerned, we can’t decide what we like better: the car or the girl. Both are hot and both are just downright drool-worthy.
Fortunately, Batista knows the art of compromising. So instead of focusing on just one model, he decides to have both in his spread, to the gratitude of men all over the world.
For more details on this photoshoot, hop on over and check out the gallery below. There’s something to be said about a girl and a sports race car that seem to be at home with each other. This spread for Autodynamica featuring Thill and the 911 GT3 Cup Racer is one of those instances.
With only 500 units built and a total of 620 HP under the hood, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a car that many auto enthusiasts dream about. This is evident in the fact that, although it is priced at €237,578 (about $310,000 at the current exchange rates), the GT2 RS sold out almost instantly. Lucky for us, Wimmer Racing Technology grabbed on to one of the units and then updated it "a little bit."
Since the 911 GT2 RS is such an impressive car, Wimmer opted to leave the exterior as is and focused on the engine instead. Two optimized Wimmer turbochargers were added, as was an optimization of the air induction, sports camshafts and crankshaft, timing chains, machined cylinder heads, pistons and connecting rods, a fuel pump unit, two manifolds with bypass, and two 200 cell sport catalysts. As a result, the six-cylinder boxer engine now delivers an amazing 1,020 HP and 817 lb-ft of torque. With the extra 400 HP, the GT2 RS will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds, to 124 mph in 8.7 seconds, and hit a top speed of 180 mph (however, the top speed indicator shows an amazing 241 mph).
In order to handle the extra power, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS has been equipped with a new set of custom-designed 19" wheels in combination with a 3-way adjustable Competition-suspension from KW.
Who would have ever thought of extracting 1200hp from a 3.8L F6 powered Porsche 911 GT3? Well, now we know that thought has crossed the minds of known German tuners 9ff. Recently, 9ff announced the GTurbo (Goosebumps), a Porsche 911/997 GT3 with 1200hp and 1,150Nm (848 lb-ft) of torque, easily making it one of most powerful Porsches ever built.
Want to know what the stratospheric upgrade can do? It can warp you from 0-60mph in only 3.2sec and flat-out, it can do 250mph. That’s mind-boggling for a Porsche 911 or, as Jeremy Clarkson would call it, a Beetle!
All this unnecessary power comes from a 3.8L flat six that has been up-sized to 3.9L. To increase the oomph, 9ff installed a Garrett GT1200R turbocharger with ball bearings and water-cooling. The operation of the turbocharger can be controlled from the steering wheel, where the driver has the option to select from 0.8 bar, 1.2 bar and 1.6 bar, hence adjusting the power output from 600 horsepower to a maximum 1200 horsepower. Good to know that the monster is, in a way, leashed.
The power is sent to rear wheels via a standard 997 GT3 6-speed manual tranny with reinforced gears, so that it doesn’t snap while transferring the extra power. Handling is improved with the installation of a limited slip differential and an adjustable 9ff / Bilstein suspension system with aluminum shocks, 60mm race springs, rigid aluminum top mounts front, reinforced wishbone suspension, lighter hydraulic power steering, and an adjustable stabilizer for the front and rear axles.
With the race-level spec sheet, you might all classify it as race-legal only. Surprisingly, the GTurbo is a street-legal car with an asking price of $455,000.
So would you dream of owning a GTurbo 1200 or think it’s too crazy and impractical to drive one? Let us know in the comments section below.
If the Porsche 911 Turbo S just isn’t enough car for you, allow us to first congratulate you on being an extreme automotive enthusiast and then introduce you to the 620-horsepower 911 GT2 RS and its $195,000 price tag. If the GT2 RS is still not enough for you, all you have left is to heavily modify its already powerful engine to squeeze a little more muscle from it, or step up to the track-only Porsche GT3 RSR.
Well, with the extreme rarity of the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and its €410,000 ($535,214 at the current exchange rates) price, the opportunity that you can ever get your hands on one is slim to none with the latter being much more likely. However, for the Porsche lovers that still want to have their cake and rub Lamborghini’s nose in it too, Champion Motorsport, based out of Pompano Beach, FL, has the answer for you: the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S RSR.
Click past the jump to read all about the 2011 911 Turbo S RSR and find out if it lives up to the hype.