The 911 GT3: from racing car straight to series production mode
“We never would have thought that a series production car could lay down a sub-eight-minute lap on the Nordschleife,” the motorsport legend recalls. For Jörg Bergmeister, a 23-year-old up-and-coming Porsche factory driver at the time, there were no doubts: the GT3 was his dream car.
Now Porsche has presented the seventh generation of the high-performance sports car and, together with Lars Kern, Bergmeister catapulted around the infamous Green Hell during the final development drives. The absolute best time from four almost equally fast laps on what is now a 20.8-kilometre test circuit was set by development driver Kern: an astonishing 6:59.927 minutes (911 GT3 (WLTP): Fuel consumption combined 13.0 – 12.9 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 294 – 293 g/km, 911 GT3 (NEFZ): Fuel consumption combined 13.3 – 12.4 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 304 – 283 g/km).
Stimulating sound sensation All perfectly lovely, all high-tech, but the absolute sensation always was and still remains this absolute sound. “My three-year-old son always likes it when the sport exhaust system is activated,” he grins. The orchestral, naturally aspirated engine mobilises 375 kW (510 PS). The four-litre, six-cylinder boxer engine is based on the racing engine in the 911 GT3 R and is used in a practically unmodified state in the new 911 GT3 Cup. All of the high-performance technology comes from Porsche Motorsport –developed in Flacht, the legendary complex at the southern end of the Weissach Development Centre.
From the GT race car straight to the series model The front hood made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, for example, or the lightweight glass windows, optimised brake rotors and forged alloy wheels. Further weight-optimised components, such as the exposed carbon fibre roof, are also available. The visual shift assistant with coloured bars to the left and right of the tachometer is useful on the track. The bars fill in yellow and flash blue at the optimum shifting speed.
The GT legend: road cars with racing credentials
Text first published Porsche Christophorus magazine, No. 399.
Sep 03, 2021 at 03:38