A Review of Porsche 911 GT3
The Porsche 911 GT3 is an advanced edition of the Porsche 911 racing car. Starting with the 1973 911 RS, it is the latest model in the high-performance line. Since the year 1999 when it was first launched, several variations have been introduced to it for the purposes of road and track duty. The present range – 997 – comprises of three road models and a number of racing models. So far, 14,145 911 GT3 cars have been produced since 1999 when the production started.
Engine and Transmission
The engine for the 991 GT3 racing car model distinguishes it from the majority of the other 911. It however shares similar basic 3.6 liter standard 911 kind of displacement known as “integrated dry-sump” flat-six engine.
In the configuration of GT3, the “split” crankcase, which refers to the crankcase’s separation line, is located on the centerline of the crankshaft. It has finned cylinders, a fan and separate water jackets added on every side of the crankcase for cooling the three cylinders’ banks with water pushed through a radiator.
The 911 GT3’s engine is akin to the 962 sports car’s engine which is totally water-cooled. The only difference is that whereas the 962 uses six separate cylinder heads, the GT1/GT3 uses two cylinder heads just like the air and water-cooled Porsche 959 with each of them covering a bank consisting of three cylinders. The engine of the GT3 could as well be considered as akin to a 959 engine, although it has the water cooled cylinders.
The GT3 racing career has been a great success in the international Porsche Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup series. Besides, it has won a number of championship as well as endurance races. These include the American Le Mans Series of GT class which it won seven times, and was six times first overall in the 24 Hours of Daytona as well as first overall at the 24 Hours Nürburgring.
Generally, in the racing world the Porsche 911 GT3 has been quite consistent in its performances and beats its competitors by a big margin. This can be exemplified by the fact that when it was first introduced as a 991-based, 3.8-litre Carrera , it had a stated time of 0 to 60 mph best time of 4.1 seconds when PDK equipped. As things seem to date, Porsche is confident that it will come first at 195 mph, a claim we are forced to believe. Hence if you are looking for a Porsche model that will ensure your success in the racing world, the Porsche 911 GT3 stands out as a basis for most of the efforts in the Porsches racing world.