The Queen of the NÃ¼rburgring, Sabine Schmitz, was sent out to lap the Nordschleife in a new Porsche 911 GT3 by the folks from RSR NÃ¼rburg. Her conclusion is not really much of a surprise, but the clip is worth a watch nonethless. And for the females viewing, make sure you catch Sabine’s pro-tip for tackling the Karussell.
Imagine driving the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife on the perfect line every corner. Imagine doing that in a new 991 Porsche 911 GT3. Itâ€™s got to be as close to motoring heaven as we can get here on earth.
Then, imagine if that was your day job.
If your name is Theo Kleen you donâ€™t have to imagine it because it is your day job. Theo is well known to the NÃ¼rburgring community either as a racing driver or as the guy who rents you a car to fulfil your dreams.
BMWâ€™s stranglehold on the RingTaxi business is over and you are the winner because now you can do your passenger lap in a Porsche 911 (GT3 or Turbo S) or a BMW M6.
I was lucky enough to experience the NÃ¼rburgring at stupid fast speeds in a 911 GT3. Well, stupid fast is an unfair description because Theo only ever planted his foot flat to the floor when he knew it was safe to do so. He always kept an eye on the traffic aheadâ€”when youâ€™re a pro at the wheel of a GT3 there is nothing faster than youâ€”and only overtook the slower cars when he could, either by way of clear track or if the slower driver had indicated and moved to the right and making space for our GT3 rocket ship to blast by.
Chris Harris and mates at Portimao with his favourite cars from 2014. There’s no agenda, no forced result to pick a winning car. It’s simply a recipe for fun. Enjoy!
- Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
- BMW M3
- Ferrari 458 Speciale
- Ferrari F12
- Porsche 911 GT3
- Porsche 918 Spyder
- Renault Megane 275 Trophy R
[Thanks to Richard for the tip]
Steve Sutcliffe and his mates from Autocar recently spent the day at Castle Combe with half a million quids worth of track toys. Fighting for their attention was the Ferrari 458 Speciale, the McLaren 650S and the Porsche 911 GT3.
Which one do you think will be the fastest? And which one would you take home?
[Thanks to Tim for the tip]
Now that those embarrassing engine dramas are behind the Porsche 911 GT3 the man responsible for what is otherwise one of the world’s most desirable driving cars has hit the hustings to win your vote.
In this five minute clip, showing the GT3 being thrashed around a racetrack, Andreas Preuninger, Head of GT Cars at Porsche, does an awesome sell job on the car. He tells us the 911 GT3 can bring world peace, cure cancer and win Carlton an AFL premiership. Or something like that.
Thankfully, it seems, the only smoke coming from the back of a GT3 these days is from the tyres.
Ben Barry from Car magazine has the enviable task of comparing the Porsche 911 GT3 against the Ferrari 458 Speciale. Both cars have so much personality, so much power, so much appeal. Wouldn’t a day behind the wheel of these two cars, on empty open roads, be a great day out!
As a self-confessed 911 GT3 fan it’s hard to see me ever picking anything else in my automotive dreams. But, you know, a 458 Speciale ain’t so bad!
In the lead up to Rally Germany the Tuthill Porsche 911 RGT caught our eye. So this video recap, featuring words from the car’s builder and driver, Richard Tuthill, was something we were very keen to see. We think you might like it too.
An RGT Cup? With a fleet of 911 RGTs competing? Yeah, that would be pretty cool.
Undeterred, Andreas Preuninger is back to wax lyrical about the car he oversaw. It’s a “new” video published by /Drive and has been titled “Porsche GT3â€”Feast For the Sensesâ€”Editor’s Cut”. It’s been entered in the 2014 Jalopnik Film Festival.
If you think you’ve seen it before, you probably have. But who’s really going to complain about being read a bedtime story by the father of the GT3?
The Porsche 997 RGT has, as its name suggests, been prepared in accordance with FIA WRC rules for GT cars. Business owner Richard Tuthill will do the driving while former Chris Atkinson co-driver StÃ©phane PrÃ©vot will be calling the notes.
There’s a couple of videos after the break showing the car in action. We wish Richard and StÃ©phane all the best this weekend. Let’s hope it’s not the last we see of them on the WRC tarmac circuit.
After its time on the sidelines it appears as though the 991 Porsche 911 GT3 is back in the hands of owners. Here’s a video from a US owner who was kind enough to record his first drive in anger after getting his GT3 back.
We’re not so sure the authorities will approve of some of the driving skills on show, but we’re confident you’ll love the sound of that revitalised 3.8 litre flat six!
[Thanks to John for the tip]
Just as essential as it is to have fine taste in motor cars, it’s also best to have a healthy sense of humour as you make your way through life. It would seem the World Car of the Year judges share this view, too, after awarding the 991 911 GT3 the 2014 World Performance Car.
For now, the 911 GT3 is the ultimate garage queen, with the trophy to prove it.
Despite this minor oversight, the judges proudly state: “The latest 911 GT3 is 100 percent at home on any track, with surprising buckets of fine balance and handling prowess even with the engine theoretically in the ‘wrong’ place. Heavy aero work, the stripping down of the carâ€™s weight, and 469 horsepower from the 3.8-liter flat-six engine, all help with lap times and launch time.”