Spoken in hallowed tones, the GT3 moniker represents the absolute pinnacle of the naturally aspirated Porsche 911 range. A high performance version of the Porsche 911 sports car, the GT3 is designed primarily for racing and shares its name with the race series it was designed to compete – the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Group GT3 class.
Racing provenance is second to none, from the one-make national Porsche Carrera Cup series and the international Porsche Supercup, to huge success in the international arena. Blue chip victories included seven overall wins in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series, first overall in the 24 Hours of Daytona and six overall victories at the 24 Hours Nürburgring. Furthermore, it was the de-rigour car for the privateer race team with Porsche Motorsport selling a huge amount of GT3’s around the world.
In February 2006, Porsche revealed the first generation 997 GT3, now commonly known as the 997.1 GT3 or Gen 1. It was a true homolgation special. The eponymous rear engined and rear wheel drive layout was kept, but the GT3 was based on the Carrera 4 chassis due to the additional stiffness of the transmission tunnel and ability to mount the fuel tank lower, in place of the now surplus front diff. A new 409 bhp 3.6 litre flat-six engine was developed, short of stroke and with minimal rotating mass. It featured zero lift aerodynamics, meaning the car creates only aerodynamic downforce and no grip-diminishing lift upwards and away from the road surface. The suspension was very special, and made use of a modified, track oriented version of Porsche’s active PASM suspension making it the first Porsche GT3 to feature an electronically adjustable suspension system.
It was an intensively thorough job and cemented the GT3 into the hearts and minds of the petrol heads around the world.
RHD C16 UK Car, Atlas Grey, Wheel spoke painted in vehicle colour (XD9), Clubsport Package, PCCB Ceramic brakes (450), Cruise control (454), Lightweight bucket seats (P02), Bi Xenon lights (P74), Door entry guard in carbon (X69), Porsche communication management PCM (P23), Tyre pressure monitor (482), ASK sound package (490), Rear centre console in Exterior colour (XME), Seat belts in Speed Yellow (XSY), Auto diming int and ext mirrors with rain sensor, Red tail lights (CXF), Headlamp cleaning system cover painted (CGA), Windscreen with top tint (567).
Atlas Grey is the perfect shade for this GT3, giving a sinister and attractive appeal. Rare too, eschewing the more usual colours found on a GT3. Atlas Grey paint also covers the wheels, highlighted with silver rims and with the yellow calipers denoting the ceramic brakes showing through the spokes. With glimpses of the roll cage and nomex seats through the windows, there is a true Motorsport aesthetic and one is in no doubt you are looking at a product of Porsche Motorsport.
This GT3 has been pampered by its fastidious owners and as such presents extremely well. Deep and glossy, the paint work is pristine with virtually no marks to report. The low front splitter, commonly scuffed has been replaced recently and remains untouched.
Whilst the interior of this Clubsport can handle both track and road driving alike, the addition of the roll cage and nomex seats makes for a very focused driving environment. The carbon backed bucket seats provides ultimate support and all controls come naturally to hand with beautiful alcantara adorned to all contact areas – wheel, gearknob and handbrake. Extended leather to the dashboard and tops of the doors along with a body coloured centre console adds to the uniqueness of this particular car, further enhanced by yellow belts that match the brake calipers.
The carbon fibre kick plates remain free from scuffs or marks and the interior is in in excellent condition. All of the controls work as they should allowing the driver to enjoy the road or track ahead.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Any Porsche Motorsport engine has an incredible and indelible relationship to the Motorsport Department and the engine in the 997 GT3 is no different. The flat six displaces 3.6 litres and huge work went into reducing internal masses to produce a free spinning engine, equating to 409 bhp at a heady 7600 rpm. VarioCam was a new addition, adjusting the intake cam timing improving both efficiency and the spread of torque.
The exhaust system is essentially the one developed for the GT3 Cup racers, though ahead of the large-volume main silencer is a pair of ‘pre-silencers’. These feature bypass valves that open up to lessen back-pressure at pre-determined engine loads and speeds.
The resulting sonic experience is second to none and one every petrol head should experience. This particular example has been maintained as per Porsche recommended service schedule and done solely at the Porsche main dealers.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This GT3 is optioned with wheels painted in body colour and as such adds to the aesthetics of this beautifully spec’d example, the smart silver rim highlighting the wheel against the bodywork. The alloys show no marks or scratches and present beautifully. The tyres are also in excellent and show good tread. Michelin provide the rubber and these Pilot Sports have the correct Porsche N2 rating all round, sized 235/35/19 on the front axle and 305/30/19 on the rear.
The PCCB ceramics represented the pinnacle of road car braking systems then and continue to this day – the ceramic discs are in excellent condition and on test drive provide huge stopping power.
This Clubsport was supplied by OPC Reading in 2007, and has only ever enjoyed the care of the main dealer for its regular service schedule as annotated below.
04/09/09 – 5,358 miles – Porsche Centre Guildford
07/07/11 – 9,117 miles – Porsche Centre Guildford
02/08/13 – 18,859 miles – Porsche Service Centre Byfleet
29/05/15 – 28,267 miles – Porsche Service Centre Brooklands
22/11/16 – 32,176 miles – Porsche Service Centre Brooklands
Inspected in-house and including rev ranges ignitions this example is in excellent condition throughout and will go to Porsche in November when it is due its next service.
The history file includes the Porsche book pack and tracker cards along with its spare key.
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