It’s on its third engine.
Porsche makes some of the best sports cars in the world, and that level of greatness doesn’t come cheap. So, it’s not uncommon to see the automaker’s most hardcore models get gobbled up only to sit in a garage for a future auction. Which is fine, you do you, but not everyone is looking for an appreciating asset, at least not for one 911 GT3 owner who is about to hit 186,411 miles (300,000 kilometers). And most of those happened at the track.
According to Nick, the car’s owner, the 996-generation 911 GT3 has completed 950 laps at the Nurburgring and an astounding 3,000 laps at Spa. According to some back-of-the-napkin math, that’s 40,000 kilometers (24,854 miles) of on-track driving, which comes at a cost. The car is on its third engine, though the new one is a doozy. It’s a 4.0-liter flat-six out of a later 997-gen 911 GT3. It pairs with a gearbox from a 997.2 GT3 model.
Gallery: 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: First Drive
The upgraded mill and gearbox work in tandem with a track-dedicated suspension. The owner called it a monoball suspension with no rubber to avoid wear. The car also features a carbon hood, roof, and rear bumper to reduce weight while Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires put the power to the pavement. The fire suppression system on the car’s passenger floorboard is the only evidence one would need to show Nick is serious about hitting the track.
Nick had already planned to see the car tick over the 300,000-km mark by now, though the coronavirus pandemic delayed that goal. However, he still hopes to hit it in the coming months. At the beginning of the video, the car’s odometer read 292,984 km. (182,000 miles), and the car had hit 293,000 km. while on the track. A few more laps, and Nick will reach its goal with ease.