When we watch racing competitions on the telly, regardless whether it is GT racing, rallying and etc, we would see track versions of production cars that we like or own. Many automakers built or prepare higher performance versions of their cars to be used in racing events. When people buy a similar base model, they would usually modify their rides’ looks and/or performance to be as similar to the ones that they see being used for racing competitions. This process is known to exist throughout the whole world.
One of the cars in question is the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. It is a track only car, designed for competitions such as 24 Hours of Le Mans, FIA Endurance Championships and a couple more events. Its price tag is an astounding €498,000; a very expensive price if you want to buy one. But it is possible to create one, by using a Porsche 911 GT3 RS as a basis. The GT3 RS is available for consumers and obviously it doesn’t have an outrageous price tag to begin with.
A passion for wanting a GT3 RSR has made a workshop owner in Florida to create one using a Porsche 911 GT3 RS which he already owns. And one of the main reasons why he wants one is so that he can legally drive a GT3 RSR on the road.
Before I continue, let us see the difference between the GT3 RSR and the GT3 RS.
First of all the RSR (picture, above) is a track only car, not available for road usage. It is based on the GT3 RS and powered by a 4.0 litre boxer engine, generating around 460bhp. Mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox and it is operated via paddle shifters. The RSR comes with a specially designed aerodynamic bodykit and a huge GT wing at the back.
The RS (short for Renn Sport, racing sport in English) is considered to be a carry-over of the Porsche 911 GT3 but there are some differences. First of all it is lighter, thanks to the polycarbonate rear window and carbon fibre hood and rear spoiler. The 3.8 litre engine generates around 409bhp (2010 models onwards generates around 444bhp) and it has a six-speed transmission.
The owner of Orbit Racing in Florida, USA knows that he can’t modify a GT3 RSR into a street legal ride and so he took his 2011 GT3 RS and started building a GT3 RSR clone; as long as he has the money to spend on the conversion project. From the pictures supplied by the company’s website, the attention to detail is stunningly good.
The engine internals has been left untouched but the car has received an RSR exhaust and an ECU retune to gain some extra horsepower. The car also received an RSR suspension set-up to give it a more authentic feel when driving fast and hard especially through corners. The interior retains the GT3 RS luxuries as to make daily driving more tolerable compared to a real GT3 RSR interior.
Orbit Racing did not reveal how much was spent on modifying the car but judging from the pictures, I feel that it is really worth it and the owner can brag that he has the only “street legal” Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on the road.
Photo credit: orbitracing.com and porsche.com
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