Motorsports Monday: Porsche 911 GT3 Cup v. Cayman S

For German car fans who love racing, it doesn’t get much more exciting than Porsche’s long history of endurance racing. Indeed, Porsche’s venerable 911 seems intrinsically linked with racing – undoubtedly, part of its mystique. However, true factory racing Porsches have always been pretty expensive when new and still are so. Watching yesterday’s coverage of the 24 Hours of Daytona had me cringing as the multi-hundred thousand dollar Le Mans class 991 Porsches took each other out, attacked Opossums and exploded crankcases. It wasn’t a great day for Porsche at a track where the company has had an impressive string of successes. So, today I decided to take a look at two racing Porsches as an homage to their first rate engineering, their enduring appeal and incredible performance:

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Motorsports Monday: Porsche 911 Twin Turbo Cup Conversion

I’ve certainly been a big fan of the Porsche 911 Cup; today, it strikes me as not only one of the best deals going in racing Porsches, but perhaps the best all-around deal in the Motorsports world. The success of the 996 and 997 Cup chassis has to come close to the E30 M3 as one of the most raced and most winning German designs in history. They were so successful that they built a lot of them, making them today slightly devalued in the world of track cars. We’ve even seen full-blood, turn key factory race 911s up for auction below $50,000; simply staggering when you consider the original purchase price. Of course, also staggering are the running costs of the Cup cars; 40 hour engines are the max, and Porsche Motorsports recommends transmission refreshes as 20 hours. The costs add up; rebuilding your 996 or 997 Cup running gear will cost you between $15,000 and $30,000 – presuming nothing big is broken. Okay, so the purchase price is only the tip of the iceberg. But what if you took some of the aspects of the Cup design and incorporated them into the even faster and cheaper to run Turbo model?

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Motorsports Monday: 2005 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

The fall from grace of the 996 has resulted in some stunning deals on pretty incredible cars. They’re not without their problems; the 996 isn’t the most attractive Porsche produced and there are known engine issues to combat. But if you’re looking for an inexpensive track weapon with and impressive amount of speed, it’s pretty hard to best the 996 package. While you can get a very nice example of a GT3 – Porsche’s then pinnacle of dual-purpose street and track package – for around $50,000 and drive it to the track, if you’re willing to spend just a bit more you can look at leaping into another level of performance with the “Cup” car. Stripped down and stiffened up, these factory racers are simply stunning with their speed and were cutting edge less than a decade ago, yet today you can find an excellent example like this 2005 model for less than $80,000 – only a third of what a new one would cost you.

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Motorsport Monday: 1998 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Factory Race Car

While copying factory cars such as earlier’s RSR Tribute has become a popular pastime for Porsche race enthusiasts, the reality is that those cars have a semi-limited market because they’re not authentic. However, about 16 or so years ago buying real factory race cars became a lot easier as Porsche began to officially sell the then new 996 GT3 Cup version of the venerable 911. With an upgraded 3.6 race motor, full cage and race suspension, air jacks and center-lock BBS wheels, this was as close to the big leagues as you could get from the factory. Additionally, Porsche continued to run a single marque race series, call the Supercup, that is had run with previous generations of race 911s. The Supercup was a feeder series for more popular forms of endurance racing and still is, but the car has remained the same; outside it looks a lot like the 911s you can drop down to the showroom to buy; underneath, it’s pure race car. As with previous generations, every few years there are upgrades that effectively render the older cars obsolete and they become much easier to purchase; today’s 1998 is an example of just such a car. Though they may not be as fast as the current generation, usually these cars are still quite competitive in club racing and are considerably more affordable than new options. Additionally, factory race Porsches, especially ones with significant racing history, have proven to be a good investment long term. If you can gamble on the right one and stomach the high running costs, you’ll have an impressive and capable machine that will probably come out the other side worth more than you paid:

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2010 Porsche 911 GT3

Ever since the release of the iconic Carrera RS in 1973, Porsche has periodically introduced production cars so as to fulfill homologation standards for road racing series in which they planned to race the 911. Not surprisingly, these cars are highly regarded and sought after. While the GT3 RS takes buyers a little closer to a RSR, the GT3 remains an excellent alternative for most drivers and possesses probably 95% of the GT3 RS’s performance for a bit less cost. For all but the most devoted racer or collector the GT3 probably even represents better overall value. The car featured here, a 2010 Porsche 911 GT3, comes from the 2nd generation of the 997 and features a 3.8 liter flat-six delivering 435 hp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. Like many of these cars this one has seen very few miles.

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Motorsport Monday Part 2: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3

Pretty much every day we look for the best rare cars we can find, and get for some reason despite our copious amounts of searching we sometimes unintentionally ignore whole swaths of cars. When I went searching for the last Porsche 996 GT3 we wrote up, I was somewhat surprised that it was over three months ago in August. It’s so surprising because in the rarefied air of limited-production Porsches, there are few – perhaps none – that offer more bang for your buck than the GT3. Very similar to that 996 I wrote up in August, today I’ve found an exceptionally well maintained, ultra-low mile GT3 for your consideration:

Year: 2004
Model: GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 22,800 mi
Price: $62,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 on Rennlist

Year: 2004
Make: Porsche
Model: 911
Porsche Model: GT3
Mileage (numbers only please): 22800
Options (Please check ALL which apply): Airbags, Air Conditioning, Alarm System, Antilock Brakes, Cruise Control, Foglamps, Intermittent Wipers, Leather Seats, Power Brakes, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows
Color: Arctic Silver Metallic
VIN: WPOAC29994S692486
Price (no $ sign please): $62500
Private or Dealer Listing: Private Listing
Location (Region): NorthEast
Body Style: Coupe
Transmission Type: Manual – 6 speed
2 or 4 Wheel Drive?: 2 Wheel Drive
Engine Type: Fuel Injection
Stereo System: AM-FM CD
2004 Porsche GT3. Low miles. Extremely clean. Featured in 28 magazines worldwide by the P21S wax corporation.
Full black leather, carbon shifter and ebrake. Guard internals limited slip. Dan Jacobs suspension, Techquipment bar and belts.
GT3 Euro leather Recaro seats. Xenon lamps, thicker steering wheel options.
Full recent clear bra. OEM wheels with Michelin PS2 rubber. Roughly 75% tread remains.
Two California car covers thrown in.
This car has seen rain maybe 3-4 times max. Never driven on salty roads. Sleeps all winter under both car covers and a trickle charger.
Title in hand, immediate sale possible. All books, original window sticker and records available. Both keys.
The condition is near perfect, an immaculate example of an iconic and rare Porsche. 1200 total production, this car new was $111.8 plus $13,200 I added, a $125k car for $62.5.
Connecticut location. Many pictures available.
Dennismcohan@comcast.net

A decade on, a 996 GT3 with only 23,000 miles is a rarity for sure. The August model I wrote up had double that mileage. Offered in the same color combination, this particular GT3 has the Euro Recaro seat option. It’s obvious that the owner has taken serious care of this car, with full clear bra applied to the front; it’s also a bit of a magazine star for the P21S company, should you have any doubt of the level of detailing. In terms of the GT3, the asking price is in line with the lower mileage models that have come up for sale, and while $60,000 plus may sound like a lot of money for a 996, the GT3 is truly a special car that will certainly be appreciating in the near future. Given the level of care this car has experienced and the impending collector-status of lower-mile examples, I wonder if the seller will later regret his decision to part with this car at this time; my guess is that replacing it in the not-to-distant future will be a much more expensive proposition…

-Carter

Motorsport Monday: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3

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Last week on Motorsport Monday I wrote up a 1995 BMW M3 that was ready to hit the track; for under $20,000, it sure was a track weapon on a budget. But if your budget is a little bit higher, the natural choice for the German car fan is to look towards Porsches, and Porsche’s out-of-the-box race car, the GT3. We’ve written up a few GT3s of various generations in the past few months, but the screaming deal in 911s right now are the first to hit U.S. shores, the 2004 models. Today’s model was a streetable GT3 that has been modeled after the more expensive, complicated and pricey to run Cup models, and like last week’s M3 looks ready to willing to hit the track in the proper Speed Yellow:

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Year: 2004
Model: 996 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 13,300 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche GT3 on eBay

2004 GT3
13,300
2750lbs.

Factory Speed Yellow.Very Clean, Professionally prepped by DAWES Motorsports. Many upgrades to GT3 Cup Specs. PCA Logbook. California car built by GMG Racing and DAWES Motorsports. Only 12900 miles. Never hit or damaged. Ultra clean. 2:05s at Watkins Glen and 1:17s at Summit Point.
Special software for left foot braking etc. very well sorted and quick car. Will take Porsche street car trades 72/72 or 87-98 911’s
Tim Holt 610-692-7100 for ANY questions

GMG exact Porsche Motorsports replica cage with additional bars from A pillars thru firewall to both shock towers and NASCAR door bars.
JRZ Shocks, rebuilt. 1000lb and 1200lb springs with tenders
2 Sets CCW Monoblock 18×9.5 and 18×12 wheels
Extra Long wheel studs
GT3 Cup/RSR race clutch with lightweight flywheel
New axles 2 races ago
SCCA PCA mast cutoff switch, battery relocated to passenger footwell with legal tray and tiedown
DAWES Motorsports fully rebuilt differential for extreme race lockup
DAWES Motorsport rear Aux. oil cooler and thermo fan
Race headers with crosspipe cat and muffler delete (much wt. saving)
GT3 RS Crank Pulley
MOMO Cup Pro steering wheel release
GT3 RS Crank Pulley
MOMO Cup pro steering wheel release
GT3 Cup front splitter and CUP vented front bumper with screens
BREMBO floating front rotors and all stainless brake lines
FVD rear ram air diffuser and airbox mod
Solid motor mounts
Cup Car shifter cables
Cup car brake cooling ducts
DAWES Motorsports FULL chassis set up, wheelbase mods and CW
Carbon Fiber rear deck lid and Cup car spoiler with 2 sets of uprights
Cup car lightweight doors
Rear Lexan window
Porsche Motorsports rear mirrors
Full monoball Suspension (Porsche Motorsports/GMG Parts)
997 GT3 Cup car F/R adjustable control arms
Cup Car/Motorsport F/R swaybars
TRG Mono ball F/R camber plates/solid rear upper control arms
TRG Front swaybar spherical links/Tarrett toe arms F/R
997 Cup rear rotors
Litronic headlights
10lb on Board fire system with engine bay/Frt and driver nozzle

9-26-13 **All new fluids/Pagid RS 14 pads and 2 sets of Pirelli slicks 3 Sets of Hoosier R6′ DOT tires

Car is ready to go. Call Tim Holt 610-405-2911 or 610-692-7100 for any and all information. Just aligned and set up for Summit

Like most of the cars we have featured in Motorsport Monday, add up the build sheet and you’ll quickly see that the price of this car is much less than just what it would cost to build. Even the three sets of Hoosiers alone would set you back the best part of $5,000 in tires shipped and mounted. Dawes and GMG both have great records for building these cars; get this to the track and it won’t be long before you’re flying. For less than a third of the price of a new Cup car, this car would offer 90% plus of the thrills without the overhead and operating expense. The 996 might not be the prettiest 911 ever made, but it’s probably the best bang for the buck in the esteemed 911 world right now.

-Carter

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

I’ll just get this out of the way: the GT3 RS is my favorite car; it is the money-no-object car that I’d buy amongst the various super- and hyper-cars available today. The one featured here is even a bit more special. Beginning with the 2011 3.8L GT3 RS, which produced 450 hp in its stock form, this car has been worked over by DeMan Motorsport to turn what was already a very good track vehicle into something that should be fairly brilliant. I’d prefer my GT3 RS to come with one of the wilder color combinations available, but even in the subdued hue seen here this car is stunningly pretty and sure to drive spectacularly.

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Year: 2011
Model: 911 GT3 RS
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 8,250 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Here for sale is a beautiful GT3RS track monster. This vehicle was built for track fun only and never competitively raced. The owner has decided to go a different route in racing. This car has NO paint work, NO accidents, NO damage, and the body is absolutely flawless. This car is the perfect weekend track vehicle. Please email or call with any questions.

Year: 2011
Make: Porsche
Model: 911
Porsche Model: 911
Mileage (numbers only please): 8100
Options (Please check ALL which apply): Antilock Brakes, Power Brakes, Power Door Locks, Power Steering, Power Windows, Traction Control
Color: White
VIN: WPOAC2A91BS783227

DeMan Motorsport artfully crafted this 2011, 1700-original-mile beauty into a unique and truly superior RS both in terms of performance and reliability.

The DeMan Motorsport conversion preserved the stock motor, electronics and tune to ensure reliability. However, a motor refresh was recently completed, including:
• New gaskets
• New thrust bearings
• New main bearing
• New rod bearings
• New timing chains
• New main oil pump
• New scavenge oil pump
• New oil heat exchanger
• New intake cam actuators
The refreshed motor has only 1600 miles!

In addition, the entire transmission was just disassembled and inspected and the clutch and clutch cover were replaced with new Sachs Performance 4.0 equipment. The new clutch has 200 miles!

No expense was spared. The build (not including the motor refresh and new clutch) totaled over $93,000. The list of enhancement modifications includes:

CUP Interior Prep, Safety Equipment & Finishes
• Interior door panels, door pulls, foot plate
• Custom DeMan Motorsport welded full safety cage (A real work of art!!)
• Driver side & center safety nets
• Recaro Pro Racer Hans driver seat
• Recaro Pole Position passenger seat
• Schroth Profi Hans 6-point driver harness
• Schroth Profi Hans 6-point passenger harness
• Sparco steering wheel, Motorsport quick release, steering wheel hook
• Central electric cut off switch with dash & cowl activate switches
• SPA 2.5L Electric fire system complete
Communications, Data & Video Systems
• RaceKeeper with (3) cameras
• Motec Dash CDL-3 including shift light
• Motorola radio system & crew kit
• IMSA intercom system
Engine
• Welded coolant lines
• Rear main engine seal
• Porsche Factory RSR headers
• RSR mufflers
• FabSpeed carbon fiber air intake
• WEVO semi solid motor mounts
Suspension, Hubs & Brakes
• Hub CUP conversion – New drive hubs, central bolts, drive pins, drive pin bolts, lock pots, circlips, wheel nuts, securing clips (No more silly OE centerlocks!!)
• Wrightwood racing front & rear steel rotors
• Pagid RS29 front pads & RF14 rear pads
• Custom ANZE-PENSKE Racing Shocks 8700, 3-way racing dampers with remote mounted reservoirs for easy access (fronts under trunk hood, rears in cabin)
• RSS Motorsport GT3 arms
• Tarett rear shock monoballs
• Toe link lock plates
• GT3 Motorsport toe inks with bump steer kit
• Corner balance and race alignment
Aero Enhancements
• Porsche 2009 RSR Wing & custom uprights
• Carbon Fiber Dive Planes
Wheels & Tires
• Forgeline custom GA1R CUP centerlock wheels – 2 sets
• Fikse 3-piece CUP centerlock wheels – 1 set
Miscellaneous
• Cool suit system
• Rennline front & rear tow hooks
• Rennline undercarriage tie-downs

The car has been meticulously serviced and maintained by DeMan Motorsport. A complete service history is available.

Though the car was built for serious track duty, it is currently registered for the street. The OE side mufflers, CATs and intake manifold are included in the sale price in case future emissions testing is desired.

This car can compete with the performance of a CUP car, but has the reliability and durability of a stock RS. Further, its handling at the limits is absolutely confidence inspiring. This car is a DREAM to drive very, very fast. If you have an RS and are serious about tracking your car, don’t drive this car unless you already plan on buying it.

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This car comes with all of the goodies: full roll cage, upgraded suspension, upgraded brakes, rebuilt engine, onboard radio and video systems, RSR aerodynamics; the works. These cars sold for around $150,000 when new and that’s where the seller has placed the starting bid on this auction. For someone looking for a GT3 RS that has been taken to the next level, this would be a nice place to start. File this one under the “future lottery purchases” column.

-Rob

2004 Porsche 911 GT3

Read through most automotive blogs comparing newer sports cars and you’ll often find the same entry in the comments: “X car’s purchase price buys you a lot of Porsche Cayman.” For good reason, too, as the Cayman has become the performance benchmark for an entire category of both new and used sports cars. To borrow a line from everyone’s playbook, the Cayman’s purchase price buys you a lot of Porsche 996 GT3. A performance staple in Europe as a track day special starting around 1999, the GT3 was the street going version of the GT3R and the GT3 Cup. While most car companies build performance cars that people buy and modify to take to the track, Porsche built a modified track version of its performance car for you to buy right from them. Stripped out and with boosted performance, handling and braking, the GT3 was only a touch slower than the more powerful Turbo. The U.S. first received the GT3 in 2004, the year of today’s model:

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Year: 2004
Model: 996 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 43,395 mi
Price: $49,900 Buy It Now

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Excellent condition. Always Garaged. Meticulously Maintained. Smoke-free. Purchased from a private party in 2007 with only 3000 miles.

Location: Huntington Beach, California. Buyer responsible for pickup or shipping.

Payments: $500 Paypal deposit within 48 hours of close, and balance as a bank issued check or cash within 7 days.

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This particular GT3 has the PCCB ceramic brake option, an option which I think honestly most drivers could do without, but does give you the attention-grabbing yellow calipers. With 381 horsepower on tap – over 50 more than a brand new Cayman S – performance of these cars is still staggeringly good. This is a car that you can comfortably arrive at the track in, blow the doors off most race cars, and then cruise home with the air conditioning on. As with all higher-performance versions of the 911, the GT3 requires more maintenance than a standard car, and it’s a touch more expensive. Known faults with these cars included coolant leaks from glued fittings, but they’re repairable and shouldn’t dissuade a potential buyer from the car in general.

A fair amount of GT3s have seen occasional track duty, but that’s to be expected from what is essentially a track car. This particular model seems to be quite clean and well cared for. The silver is understated but classic Porsche. Probably like most, I think the 996 isn’t the most attractive 911 that’s been produced; but the simple yet aggressive race look of the GT3 would be enough to convince me. Historically special editions of the 911 seem to hold or gain value, so while this may not be the bottom of the GT3 market yet, it could be a good time to get a clean one to drive and hold on to. At $57,500, this is entry level Cayman money – but if it were my money, I’d walk away from the dealership and find one of these special cars to enjoy weekends and the occasional trip to the track.

-Carter

Motorsport Mondays: 2007 Porsche 997 Cup – Championship Winning Car

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a race prepared car here on GCFSB, and what better way to motivate us to do so than Motorsport Mondays? This 997 Cup was built by Belgian race outfit GPR and won the 24 Hours of Zolder in 2007. Imported to the US in 2008, the car had a break until appearing in a few events last year.

Year: 2007
Model: 997 Cup
Engine: 3.8 liter flat six
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: N/A
Price: $80,000

2007 Porsche 997 Cup on Rennlist

Porsche 997 “Cup” multiple race winning car. The car was number #56 below. It was the winner of multiple races in 07 including the 24 hours of Zolder. The Belgium race shop GPR Racing built it to from the ground up from a bare GT3 shell using all 997 Cup parts. The only difference from a stock Cup car is a slightly different cage design.

Around 2008, it was imported to the US. Since then it has been in the hands of the ex Farnbacher Loles race team at Goldcrest Motorsports. Last year, it had one SCCA Race at Road Atlanta and one NASA race there. Goldcrest states that there is no evidence of any previous accident damage. Goldcrest has fully maintained the car including full time trackside support. Partial work in 2012 includes:

gearbox rebuild
New clutch
Jew JRZ RS Pro’s
Radios, GPS, Shift Light
Wing, hood, new harnesses
Race suspension setup

Here is a link to GPR which built the car: http://www.gprpinoracing.com/pages/fr/contact/contact.php

It was only run in 2007 and then retired by GPR. After being imported to the U.S. in 2008, it was not run again on the track until 2012 where it ran two races and three open track weekends.

Competition vehicles can be harder to value than street vehicles, but victories on the track are one good way of honing in on a price. The handful of 997 Cup cars I’ve seen for sale have ranged between $100,000 to $130,000, so at $80,000, this 997 Cup could be a bit of a bargain for someone in the market for a track day car with known race success.

The following is an in car video of this 997 Cup in action at Road Atlanta:

-Paul