Have Wing, Will Travel – The History of the Porsche 911 GT3
To many, the Porsche 911 is the quintessential sports car, offering the perfect balance of grip, feel, downforce, and power. This is not a model for the timid or the foolish – the rear-engine, RWD drivetrain layout will quickly turn on any driver unfamiliar with handling eager rotation, and the output produced by the right pedal is more than enough to get you into big trouble in no time at all. But while the standard 911 is certainly an impressive machine, it’s the high-spec variants the truly make the nameplate shine. Enter the 911 GT3, a modern interpretation of the formula originally laid out by the legendarily good 911 Carrera RS. The specs on the GT3 read like a how-to for enthusiast cars – it’s lightweight, stripped down, and no nonsense, with a high-revving naturally aspirated powerplant behind the driver and even the option for a manual gearbox. The terms “track ready” and “race proven” come readily to mind.
The end result for the pilot is an extremely pure driving experience, like the distilled essence of performance, a machine that still feels mechanical, eager, and challenging. Not only that, but the GT3 is still driveable on the street, presenting relatively few issues when doing normal, everyday “car stuff.” And it’s for these reasons you can call us fans. Read on for a little background and history, as well as the facts and figures behind the badge.
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You Won’t Be Able To Take Your Eyes Away From The Sight Of A Lego Porsche 911 GT3 RS Crashing
There’s nothing more heartbreaking than to see a car like the Porsche 911 GT3 RS get turned into a crumpled heap. Fortunately, this video isn’t as jarring to the senses, at least if you take it in stride. See, it’s not an actual 911 GT3 RS that was used in this extraordinary video, but a Lego Technic 911 GT3 RS. There’s something mesmerizing about the Lego 911 GT3 RS barreling toward a wall in a scaled-down crash test simulated to the same standard as the Euro NCAP 40-percent offset test.
As you might expect, the results weren’t pretty. The crash is loud and scary in real time, but the real treat in this video is the slow-motion footage of the crash, which was captured by several high-speed cameras at a speed of 1,000 frames per second. The slow-motion build-up to the moment of contact is nerve-wracking and once the car meets the wall, all hell breaks loose as Lego pieces fly all over the place, including three of the car’s four wheels. The car’s rear-end even elevates off the ground from the sheer force of impact as other Lego pieces scatter around it. The result is both spectacular and devastating, kind of like the feeling of seeing $300 go to waste in a blink of an eye. Then again, it’s not my Lego Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS that got completely annihilated here. Mine’s sitting pretty on my shelf, so this video didn’t break my heart as much as I thought it would. It’s still awesome to watch, although prepare yourselves to cringe while watching it.
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Porsche to Restrict sales to Known Resellers of Limited-Production Models
A lot of people have a side hustle. Some people buy things on the cheap and resell them online. Others buy broken down used cars, repair them, and sell them for a profit. The latter is a form of car flipping, and it’s a relatively cheap way to make a little extra cash if you know what you’re doing. When you have deeper pockets, however, flipping cars is about buying limited-production models like the Porsche 911 GT3 or the Ford GT, letting them sit until demand and value go up, then selling them for huge profits. Well, Porsche has had enough of the practice and will begin vetting buyers of its limited-production GT models.
In an interview with Car & Driver at the launch of the 2018 911 GT3, Andreas Preuninger – the Head of GT Road Car Development at Porsche – said, “I personally like to see my cars being used. That’s what we build them for. They are just too good to be left to stand and collect dust. I don’t like this business of people buying our cars to make money on them. That was never our intention. The purpose of limiting a car is not for it to gain value. We don’t want to be laying money on each car’s roof when they run out of the factory.”
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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Is 12.3 Seconds Faster Than Its Predecessor On the Nurburgring
The previous-generation Porsche 911 GT3 became famous for many things, and one of them was its blistering quick Nurburgring lap. But sports cars have a come a long way since 2011, and the 911 that once was among the fastest vehicles around the "Green Hell" is far from impressive six years later. But come 2017 and Porsche upgraded the GT3’s "Ring lap with the latest iteration of the coupe, and it’s as impressive as they get.
Updated to 991.2 specs, the new 911 GT3 gained better aerodynamics, 25 horsepower, and 15 pound-feet of torque. As a result, Porsche was able to improve the nameplate’s Nurburgring time quite dramatically, shaving no fewer than 12.3 seconds off the previous GT3’s benchmark. Specifically, the track-ready 911 lapped the "Green Hell" in seven minutes and 12.7 seconds, which makes it the second-fastest Porsche on the track after the 918 Spyder supercar.
DriveTribe Takes It To 9,000 RPM In The New Porsche 911 GT3: Video
Although Jeremy Clarkson contends it’s a Beetle and was therefore designed by Hitler, we all know the truth – the Porsche 911 is in actuality a true-blue track weapon capable of mass lap time destruction. One of the latest (and fastest) iterations is the 991.2 GT3, a facelifted apex-hunter that was bred and designed for one very clear purpose: domination in the world of speed. As such, it’s got more aero, a larger engine, a retuned suspension, and a few other tweaks to make it even better than it was before. But how much better is it really? DriveTribe’s Editor-at-Large, Jethro Bovingdon, decided to find out, and took the new GT3 to the Anglesey race circuit for some first-hand, foot-down, ass-out research.
In this in-depth eight-minute, 41-second video review, Bovingdon does an excellent job in pushing the Stuttgart superstar above and beyond the limit, all while narrating the experience for the viewer’s benefit. And while it’s undeniably entertaining to watch the Porsche slide around the racetrack, the biggest turn on has to be the sound of four liters and 500 horsepower wailing away at 9,000 rpm.
Of course it doesn’t hurt that the reviewer seems to know what he’s doing behind the wheel, and has plenty of info to relay while crossed up in the corners. If you like Porsches and gorgeous-looking track vids, then grab the headphones, hit full screen, and press play.
Is Porsche Working on a Successor to the Awesome 911 R?
With Porsche having already launched a GT3 version of the updated 991.2-gen 911, it’s safe to assume that a new GT3 RS is also underway . We might even get a new GT2 RS before the current 911 is discontinued, but is seems that Porsche may have at least one more version in the works. Our skilled paparazzi just spotted a wingless 911 GT3 on the Nurburgring and we might be looking at a successor for the 911 R.
Surprisingly for an upcoming model, Porsche didn’t bother to cover the important bits in camouflage. With everything in sight, it’s easy to observe that the coupe is based on the new GT3 and sports identical bumpers, wheels, lights, and exhaust pipes. The big wing on the engine lid is the most important element that’s missing, but upon closer inspection I found other elements that are different when compared to the GT3. There are no radiator scoops and the engine lid now features the vertical-slat grille seen on the regular 911.
So how do I know this is a new 911 R?
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Priced from $143,600 before options and delivery, the Porsche 911 GT3 isn’t exactly an affordable sports car. But, even though most of us can’t afford one, it doesn’t mean we can’t dream about taking a GT3 home some day. And the configurator for the new 911 GT3 is here to encourage you to do just that by designing the sports car of your dreams.
Although not as customizable as other high-profile supercars, the new 911 GT3 comes with plenty of options inside and out. The exterior can now be ordered in several colors, including the Lava Orange that Porsche introduced on the GT3 RS and Miami Blue, a light shade of blue with a hint of turquoise. These colors, alongside the familiar Carmine Red and Chalk, are the most expensive, being priced from $4,220. The metallic range, which includes seven options, including Graphite Blue and Sapphire blue, costs $720. If you’re looking to save some cash, you can go with the four, no-cost standard colors - black, white, Guards Red, and Racing Yellow.
Moving over to wheels, the 911 GT3 is restricted to a set of 20-inch, double-twin-spoke rims. However, they can be finished in either satin aluminum, satin platinum, satin black, and satin black with a Guards Red outer lip. These options cost $1,220, while the red lip adds another $700.
More customization is possible via Porsche Exclusive, which offers a range of exterior options such as painted logos and lettering, black headlamps with PDLS, body-colored side skirts, gloss black door handles and lower mirror caps, carbon-fiber upper mirror caps, and aluminum look fuel cap. The black headlamps are the most expensive at $2,900, while the carbon mirrors fetch $1,420.
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2018 Porsche 911 GT3
Sold out since early 2015, the current-generation Porsche 911 GT3 has finally returned into dealerships with updates similar to the 991.2 911. Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the track-prepped 911 is making a comeback after nearly two years with revised styling, a retuned chassis, and more importantly a new drivetrain.
Not surprisingly, the race-bred coupe didn’t change much inside and out, and most of the new stuff is borrowed from the regular 911 that was upgraded in 2016. However, the revised chassis brings new dynamics, while the troublesome 3.8-liter flat-six was replaced by the slightly bigger, 4.0-liter unit from the GT3 Cup race car and the range-topping GT3 RS. The really big news about the new 911 GT3 is that Porsche finally brought the manual transmission back, giving enthusiasts a new reason to celebrate..
Developed on the same test track and manufactured on the same production line as the 911 race cars, the GT3 returns to a market that has a brand-new competitor, the Mercedes-AMG GT R. Launched in 2016, the AMG GT R is the first track-prepped car to actually compete in the same niche, something that hasn’t happened in quite a few years. Will the 911 GT3 continue to dominate this demanding segment? Let’s find out in the review below.
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Porsche 911 GT3 Returns After Three Years with Bigger Engine
It’s been some three years since the
generation 911 GT3 made its debut and a good couple of years since it became sold out. A new GT3 is long overdue, but the wait will be over in 2017 because Porsche just unveiled an updated model at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Not surprisingly, it has been upgraded to 991.2-generation looks inside and out and fitted with new technology and a new engine.
A quick look is enough to notice what changed styling-wise. Up front, we have a remodeled bumper with a wider center intake and larger side vents. The LED daytime running lights above are slimmer, while the black winglets improve aerodynamics. Further changes are visible around back, in the shape of a new diffuser with black elements, a restyled license plate recess, new-style taillights, and a reshaped, larger wing.
There aren’t many changes to talk about inside, but customers will be greeted by a new steering wheel sourced from the 918 Spyder, enhanced side bolstering for the seats, electronically adjusting backrests and three optional seat variants. There’s the adaptive Sports Plus with 18-way power adjustment, bucket seats with folding backrest and integrated thorax airbag, and race-inspired, full bucket seats from from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. On the tech side, it gets the Connect Plus module and the Track Precision app as standard. The latter enables GT3 drivers to display, record, and analyze driving data on their smartphone or tablet.
There’s bigger news under the hood, where the 3.8-liter flat-six, the engine that caused a deal of trouble by catching fire in some cars in 2014, was replaced by the larger, 4.0-liter boxer. But while some expected Porsche to borrow the unit from the GT3 RS, the GT3 actually got the same engine as the GT3 Cup race car. The Germans claim that the 500-horsepower mill is virtually unchanged and mates to a revised seven-speed PDK as standard. Tipping the scales at 1,430 kg with a full fuel tank, the GT3 sprints to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 199 mph, four mph more than the previous model. A six-speed manual gearbox is available optionally, but reduces the 0-to-62 mph sprint to 3.9 ticks.
Other enhancements include rear-axle steering, a retuned chassis for better driving dynamics, a lowered ride height, and dynamic engine mounts. Pricing is set from €152,416 in Europe and from $143,600, excluding the $1,050 delivery, in the United States.
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2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
The current-generation Porsche 911, known as the 991, was introduced in 2011. Penned by Michael Mauer, it features an evolutionary design and rides on an entirely new platform, only the third since the nameplate’s introduction back in 1963. In 2016, Porsche launched the so-called second-generation 991 (dubbed 991.2), essentially a facelift with revised exterior features and new drivetrains.
Along with the facelift, Porsche has developed a revised version of the current 911 GT3 Cup. Based on the RS, the GT3 Cup is a track-only vehicle that’s available to privateers competing in the one-make series that Porsche organizes globally. The new race car received exterior updates similar to the road-going 991.2 911, new safety features, and a brand-new engine under the hood.
Set to make its debut in the 2017 racing season, initially exclusively in the Porsche Mobile 1 Supercup and the Porsche Carrera Cup (in both Germany and North America), the revised 911 GT3 Cup will be built on the same production line as the standard road car. The basic race tuning will be performed at the Weissach motorsport centre, where vehicles are also thoroughly tested by professional race drivers prior to delivery to the customer. Keep on reading to find out what updates the new GT3 Cup has in store.
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5 Reasons The Mercedes-AMG GT R Is a Cool Alternative To The Porsche 911 GT3
When Porsche introduced the 911 GT3 in 1999, it established a new niche of road-legal sports cars designed for the race track. Although the concept behind the GT3 wasn’t exactly new — it’s part of a line of high-performance models that goes back to the 1973 911 Carrera RS — the amount of race-bred components poured into the car was unprecedented. The fact that the track-oriented 911 was named after the FIA’s Group GT3 class also helped cement Porsche’s position at the top of the industry. The 911 GT3 has evolved dramatically since then and spawned even quicker and more powerful versions throughout its career. But, other automakers began to follow the same route and have launched strong competitors for Porsche’s range-topping, naturally aspirated coupe.
The latest to join these ranks is Mercedes-Benz, which unleashed the AMG GT R for the 2018 model year.
As the name suggests, it is a beefed-up version of the Mercedes-AMG GT, a sports coupe specifically developed to compete against the Porsche 911 Turbo. However, the GT R is not only quicker and more powerful than the standard GT, it’s also equipped with a massive amount of race-bred components, complemented by a body kit that’s nearly identical to the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car. As you might have already guessed, the GT R was conceived to give the mighty 911 GT3 a run for its money.
But, does it have what it takes to compete against one of the most exciting sports cars ever built? I think so, and I put together five reasons why the GT R will make the 911 GT3 look over its shoulder in years to come.
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Life-Sized Lego Replica Of Porsche 911 GT3 RS Is A Thing Of Beauty
Lego Technic has a 1:8 scale Porsche 911 GT3 RS that has comes with 2,704 individual pieces. I’ve built my share of Legos and I know how difficult that can be. Can you imagine actually building a Lego version of the 911 GT3 RS that isn’t 1:8 scale, but is the size of the actual sports car? If you can’t, well, feast your eyes on this. This, friends, is Lego-building taken to a completely different level.
It may not be drivable or even accommodating, but neither of those things can stop this Lego 911 GT3 RS from being utterly and completely impressive. The detail itself is incredible, right down to the aerodynamics, interior, and wheels. If people didn’t know any better, they might actually think this is an actual 911 GT3 RS from a great distance.
Okay, that’s not entirely true, but the point is that the people who built this Lego 911 GT3 RS, presumably those from the company itself, did an incredible job piecing together all these blocks to create the final product. It must also be noted that the kit is placed on a platform with Lego Technic branding at the Mall of Scandinavia in Stockholm, Sweden. This could have been be a project that was done to promote the 1:8 scale Lego Technic 911 GT3 RS kit. As for the actual product, Lego says that it’s scheduled to hit U.S. stores this month at a price of $299.99.
It’s a little pricey, but considering how valuable Legos have become these days, some people might just chalk the purchase up to a nice investment.
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