Fellow Porsche nerds, this is a must-see: Top Gear’s Chris Harris chats with Andreas Preuninger about every generation of the Porsche GT3, with a light introduction of the new one at around the 28:20 mark.
Ever since the front-end of the new G82 M4 was leaked earlier this year, automotive enthusiasts have taken to social media to express their disgust over its buck-toothed, inflamed kidney, Sea Lamprey-lookin’ front grille in droves. Hot take comin’ at you: we think the front grille looks much better in race car form. Well, maybe this isn’t that hot of a take; all aspects of car exteriors always look better in race form.
The GT3 is the closest one can get to a loud, stiff, purpose-built 911 GT3 Cup Car without having to put on a helmet, slither into a roll cage, and snap a 6-point harness together. Or is it? What if one wanted to go a tad further and build something even closer to a Cup Car, to see how much they could tolerate before it became too much to bear for street driving?
This video shows the opening lap of a Porsche Club race at Road America. Team WR driver Tom Martin had some extra adventure in T5, T11A and T13. He reports “just driving the car is exciting enough, so the bonus thrills were completely unnecessary. But thanks anyway.”
This week we’re onboard with Team Winding Road Racing driver Tom Martin III in Winding Road Racing’s 2006 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for the Group 10 / Modern GT race at the HAWK International Challenge at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. As you’ll see in the clip, Road America is an interesting track when you’re faster in the corners and slower on the straights.
The Z4 GT3 has enjoyed a fairly successful racing career since its debut in 2010, but it appears that BMW Motorsport is not content to rest on its laurels. Accordingly, the Z4 GT3 will bow out after the 2015 season to make way for the new M6 GT3, which will use a race spec version of the road-going M6’s 560 horsepower, 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V8, and will be available for customer teams to order next year.
Porsche has been taking its time developing the hardcore version of the already potent 991 generation 911 GT3, which is understandable given the latest GT3’s inclination to spontaneously combust. Some lightly camouflaged GT3 RS test mules were spotted testing in Nürburg earlier this year, but these photographs, used for patent filing and discovered by CAR, now show us the new GT3 RS in full form.
A new report out on Autocar is shedding light on some terrific news for the Audi faithful—the company is reportedly working on a lightweight, hardcore version of its TT sportscar, akin to the pared-down GT3 variant of the Porsche 911.
If you peruse the back issues of Winding Road as frequently as we do, then you’ll probably be familiar with our last supercar issue (hint, it’s Issue 63). During that exceptionally fun month of driving and writing, we tested the then-new Ferrari 458 Italia, the Ariel Atom V-8, the Aston Martin Rapide, and a pair of very cool Porsche 911s.
Just when you thought there was already a Porsche 911 for every occasion, the fine folks from Stuttgart drop a 4.0-liter, dry-sump, 500-horsepower monster into the shapely rear-end of the already awesome GT3 RS, creating the 911 GT3 RS 4.0. Thanks to the race-derived flat-six, the 4.0 can scoot to 60 in 3.8 seconds, and will hit 124 miles per hour in under 12 seconds. As God intended, this 911 is only available with a six-speed manual.