Lot 300 - 2001 Porsche 996 GT3R Competition to RS specification
|Estimate||£40,000 - £50,000|
The Porsche 996 is the internal designation for the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold between 1998 and 2005. On its debut, the 996 featured the most significant changes to the Carrera model since its 1963 introduction; namely the water-cooled engine replacing the previously air-cooled unit. Progressively stringent noise regulations, environmental concerns, a higher expectation for refinement and a high-performance, four valve per cylinder engine made the switch necessary. Other changes included a sleeker body with a more steeply raked windshield and a re-designed interior. There are Porsche 911s and then there is the Porsche 911 GT3.
Purchased in 2000 by Harlow Motorsport Ltd, this GT3R was upgraded to RS specification and reworked in collaboration with Ricardo Engineering to enhance engine and chassis performance to make this a race winning car in its class. The original cost of this Porsche GT3R was €204,500 with the total expenditure of enhancements being circa €350,000.
Ricardo PLC are highly experienced and respected within the motorsport world and, in conjunction with Harlow Motorsport, set about turning this already impressive Porsche into a race winner. Completed to 2001 FIA regulations, the brief outline to the specification is as follows; rebuilt flat six-cylinder, 3598cc engine (dry sump) mated to a rebuilt six-speed manual transmission both with only two hours running undergone, power is delivered via a single-mass, triple-disc race clutch. The suspension comprises double coil springs front and rear and a fully adjustable Moton four way dampers. Brake system is six-piston callipers at the front and four-piston callipers at the rear; brake bias is adjustable by a pivoted axle system. ECU and dash are from Motec. The chassis has been strengthened and an enhanced welded-in roll cage fitted, lightweight panels are also fitted wherever possible including the bumpers, doors, front and rear covers together with removal of the glass and replaced with plastic (other than the front screen). The car is supplied with a number of spares. This is a brief description of this incredible GT3; further specification details are available on request and the vendor is happy to pass on his experience of driving this highly competitive Porsche should you wish to enquire further.
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