Porsche 911 GT3 R
Porsche’s 911 series is the definitive sports car family and a legend in endurance racing. Many consider the GT3 as its crowning achievement. In the tradition of the Carrera RS 2.8, the 996-based GT3, introduced in 2000, was a street-legal homologation model – a raw, track-ready car with a highly modified 3.6-liter, liquid-cooled flat-six engine. Whereas the Turbo and the GT2 achieved their incredible performance with turbocharging, the GT3 was a visceral, naturally aspirated monster.
With 360 bhp on tap, a 7,800-rpm redline, a close-ratio six-speed gearbox and wider rear bodywork, the race-bred GT3 was the driver’s first choice. Competition variants, logically designated GT3R, were homologated for FIA GT and IMSA American Le Mans Series (ALMS) competition. Featuring purposefully stripped interiors with full roll cages, racing seats, fire-suppression systems and other competition enhancements, these lightweight racecars furthered Porsche’s long-running dominance of international GT-class endurance racing.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
Race-prepared, 3.6-liter liquid-cooled, rear-mounted, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with fuel injection, six-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent racing suspension, and four-wheel ventilated hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.5".
Source: RM Auctions
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