Porsche is and has always been associated with sports cars and race cars. That’s because that is precisely what the founders started building back in Porsche’s beginning in 1948, and that is what they continue to design and manufacture today. When anyone hears the name Porsche, sporty, high performance and luxury are all words that come to mind. Porsche is a globally recognized name in sports cars and their line of sports cars have won an estimated, some 24,000 races all over the world. Porsche started their company based on high-quality sports cars of their time, and have continued to design and manufacture the highest quality,most innovative sports cars today.
Porsche 911 GT3
The first GT3’s were a version of the Porsche 911; the first generation to the 996 model, and were introduced back in 1999. The 911 models were originally designed and manufactured as high-performance race cars with the first 911 being the Carrera RS, which debuted in 1973. The GT3 was named after the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, (FIA). Group GT3 was the class in which it had originally been designed to compete.
Over the years, several versions of the GT3 have been designed for both track and road driving. It had proven to be a popular car and more than 14,000 of the GT3’s were produced. Not only was it a popular car, but it was a successful car in the field of racing. It won both championship and endurance races, including first in the 24 Hours of Daytona race, the American Le Mans Series seven times and six times, first overall at the 24 Hours Nurburgring.
Porsche GT3 2017
If you have suspected that there would be an updated version of the GT3, then you would be correct. Porsche has plans to release the newest version of the GT3 this year. The current version dealt with some controversy over its dual-clutch transmission as well as it faced problems with some of the earlier models’ engines which required replacing. Despite these issues, the car proved to be very popular, especially the RS trim model.
With the Porsche GT3 race car already having been through its updates, Porsche fans and auto enthusiasts are now anxiously awaiting the arrival of the GT3, although not all of the changes will be known until its actual unveiling, but some ideas of what you can expect to see on the new version are already starting to be seen and talked about.
The new version of the GT3 is going to have the same body type of the previous GT3. The body style worked so Porsche intends to leave the main body alone and make only minor changes inside and out. The nose of the new GT3, however, is expected to have had some changes, so look for new bumpers, as well as it has been predicted that there will some change to the bumper lights and the air intakes. It has been suggested that Porsche wanted to bring them up to date and modernize them to that of the Carrera. It has been suggested that Porsche wanted to bring the lights up to date and modernize them to that of the Carrera. The layout of the air intakes will be similar to that of the Cayman GT4 with a slightly changed light strip above while the headlamps will feature a 4-point daytime running light.
Porsche has made some changes to the GT3’s suspension and to the engine as well. This may excite those Porsche fanatics who wanted to see more power under the hood for the new GT3 because it looks like that is what they will get. The new engine will be the same as the RSR racing car which means extra horsepower under the new engine cover. The new cover could quite possibly mean Porsche wanted a better airflow which could play a role in why the top speed will be increasing from 195 to 197. According to Dr. Walliser, it will be a “new direct-injection, Gen. II, GT3 RS naturally aspirated four-liter engine.” There is also talk of a 6-speed manual transmission being made available.
Other changes you’ll see include, new wheels. The GT3 will be getting new lightweight wheels and lighter rims to the rear axle. Porsche has also made some tweaks to the rear wing, but for those who don’t know exactly what they’re looking for, it may be unnoticed.
Inside the new Porsche GT3 you will find a few minor changes and upgrades, too. Porsche will be adding the latest Porsche Communication Management System that comes complete with a 7-inch display. The navigation system is set for real-time traffic info with Google Earth/Streetview function and smartphone and integration. Mobile and smartphones will be able to connect to Wi-Fi and have the option of Apple CarPlay connectivity for iPhones. One more inside change is with the seating. The Alcantara-wrapped, Recaro sports seats are said to be enhanced for more support, especially when driving the track.
For those of you who are excited to see this newest edition to the Porsche lineup, you won’t have to wait long. It is said that it will be released sooner, rather than later.
Porsche has remained a steadfast, independent and profitable automobile manufacturer throughout the decades, and they are as strong today as ever, even as other competitor auto makers have succumb to mergers, larger manufacturer buyouts, and acquisitions. Ferdinand Porsche and his son Ferdinand (Ferry) started the company together in 1948, with only 200 workers alongside of them, building their vision of a sports car and race cars.
The younger Ferdinand played a very large role in designing Porsche’s first sportscar, the 356. It was only 40 hp but it quickly became noticed for its handling agility, comfort and reliability. It set the standards of the sportscars today. It was later, in the 1950’s that more powerful Porsche’s came about due to Porsche’s introduction of their personally designed engines. More powerful 356’s emerged, followed by the iconic Porsche 911. Over the years, the 911 evolved, into the line of 911’s we have today: the 911 Carrera of 1999, the 911 S, the 911 Turbo in 1974 and ‘76, the 911 Cabriolet in 1983, and the first all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 from 1990. Other Porsches were being developed as well, during these years, front-engine models, such as the 924 and 928 which was the first V-8 engine model.