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Fired up to reach 193mph is the Porsche 911 GT3
The Porsche 911 is a work of art, a powerful machine and, since its double victory in Monte Carlo in 1968, a ruler over the ‘queen of rallies’.
Porsche 911 GT3
Two-thirds of the 30,000 races that the Porsche 911 models have entered have ended in a full-throttle triumph, making it the most successful sports vehicle in the world.
A 1999 international poll to determine the Car of the Century put the Porsche 911 in fifth place and now, its evolution has seen 820,000 of the cars built to date.
In the Porsche 911 GT3, it’s the sound of the engine that hits you first. At 8250rpm, a single sonorous howl, like a werewolf at the sight of a full moon, rises above the raspy reverberation of the rest of it.
No stranger to heat, the forged pistons on aluminium two-door coupe can tolerate a top velocity of 193mph.
Hear the engine in action here:
With electric car racing set to get real this year, Porsche is one of many manufacturers shifting from combustion-engine racing to prepare for the phenomenal Formula E era.
A right-hand accomplice for any rally driver or road-user is the Porsche 911 GT3, and its fluid aerodynamics and electric attributes soup it up for every possible situation.
Front-axle Lift System
When Porsche 911 fanatics heard that the model was getting an electro-hydraulic Front-axle Lift System, they were worried that it would not live up to its previous pneumatic system, and that it could lose its original character. However, with an increased ground clearance at the front spoiler by around 30mm, which is critical for making it over steep speed bumps without losing loads of momentum, people are starting to see this system’s benefits.
The system improves track aerodynamics as well, as it is 50% lighter than it was before, letting you flurry to the finish line of the track.
Here’s how it works:
Singing in harmony for ultimate sports performance are the wheels and speedometer of the Porsche 911 GT3.
At low speeds, a rear-axle steering system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to that of the front wheels whereas at higher speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as that of the front wheels.
When travelling slowly, the wheelbase of this left-hand drive is shortened, letting the car negotiate tight corners for a dynamic experience. Manoeuvring becomes easier to manage and the turning circle is reduced.
When putting pedal to metal for going faster, the system virtually extends the wheelbase and driving stability and agility are increased, which is useful for fast lane changes or overtaking.
Lightweight sports-performance wheels
The overall ensemble of the vehicle and chassis of the Porsche 911 is lightweight, with race-derived centre lock wheels (8.5 x 19 in. front, 12 x 19 in. rear) that save a total of 5.5 pounds compared with the previous model. The standard brake discs gain 1.18 in. up front to 15-in. in diameter yet lose 2.6 lb for the pair. Optional Porsche ceramic composite brakes lose an additional 9.9 lb.
Rotation of the wheels is rapid, propelling the car to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and 100 mph in 9.0 seconds.
Dynamic cornering lights
A cautionary bit of kit for areas that aren’t as well-lit is the automatic Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS).
Swivelling in the direction of the road to illuminate it more clearly are the high and low beam headlights, letting you alter your speed as soon as possible ahead of tight bends at night.
Even at motorway speeds of 80mph, the function flips the distribution of the low beam lights to increase the field of vision for you.
See how these lights work below: