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    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    cdixon:

    I now plan to finish running the car in carefully, get an oil change at 3000 Km, and have some clear paint protection film fitted. 

     

     

    Wow! Great pictures & great car. Factory collection really is a must. Thanks for sharing.

    Did your plans for getting paint protection over in Germany not work out?


    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

     The last couple of pics were the cherry on top, the very last one specially. The car is great, love the yellow details. You must be one happy driver. Congrats again 


    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    Great report, nice car and spec.


    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    cdixon:

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    After about two hours driving we took a comfort break and i let m dear old dad take over the driving for a bit !

    Note dear old dad taking a pain relief pill for his bad knee (Maybe not the right car to be in)

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    Been putting off reading this thread until I had lots of time to enjoy it... and I did.

    Thanks for posting.

    I like the way you parked right in the middle of two parking spots to make sure there was lots of room and no possibility to bang the doors.

    Smiley


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    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    racerx:

    That was great. Thanks for sharing.

     

    You GOT THE PIC - with your GT3 on the Bridge at the hotel. Good Job. The night shot was good too. The whole time looks like great fun and something special to share with your father. How much real building of cars did you see on the tour?

    Was the french Hotel equal on the inside to the appearance on the outside?

     

    Sorry for the late response, i have just got back from 5 days at Glastonbury !

    The day i was in the factory was actually fairly quiet as Germany were playing in the afternoon.

    The Hotel was great, i liked the rooms and the restaurant was superb (but expensive !). I would not have a problem going back to it again.


    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    PowderJunky:
    cdixon:

    I now plan to finish running the car in carefully, get an oil change at 3000 Km, and have some clear paint protection film fitted. 

     

     

    Wow! Great pictures & great car. Factory collection really is a must. Thanks for sharing.

    Did your plans for getting paint protection over in Germany not work out?

     Porsche being Porsche allocated me an exact build date at the last minute, and when you have this build date it is not possible for the OPC to book your collection until the car enters production state on the computer system. This gave me less than 5 days to sort it out. I plan on taking the car to get it down sometime in the next couple of weeks whilst it has no stone chips on the front.

     


    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    RC:

    Congratulations, this is an amazing car, you made a very good choice. 

    Just don't forget: this is still a GT3, it can be a lot of fun to drive but it can also be a very dangerous car. Take it slow in the beginning.

    Have fun ! 

    Thanks a lot for the detailed pick-up report and the great photos, I really enjoyed it...almost as if I picked up my own car. Smiley


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    Yep taking it very easy ! This is such a different animal to the Carrera S !

    My cousins 2010 GT3 had a crash last weekend on a race track. One of his back wheels came off and tore the back off the car and trashed a brake disk. It turned out to be the OPC not torquing up the centre bolts on his rear wheels two days before, Did over €15k of damage (which Porsche are attending too).

     


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    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    Chirs...its beautiful and what an experience.


    I'm feeling broody!


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    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    Congrats on such a fantastic new car - plus you did it the right way with the factory collection experience - it makes the whole thing so much more memorable. All you need to do now is to put some miles on it. Enjoy


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    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    Fantastic report and pics, thanks for sharingSmiley

    And the 997.2 GT3 is justSmiley


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    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

     Quick update:-

    Having completed over 1300 miles in the car now, i am finding that the gear box is loosening up nicely now (Still can be a bitch when cold though !) I love the short shifter and would recommend everyone to tick that box if buying a new Carrera.

    The exhaust note has changed when sport mode is enabled (Which is all the time for me :-) ) . I guess the exhaust has burnt in now the car has a few more miles on the clock.

    Oil consumption has been 0 litres over the first 1300 miles, but i do get the standard GT3 blue smoke at start up ! This engine is just so much better than the new DFI engine that i had in my Carrera, both from a character perspective and the fact that it doesn't burn oil !! 

    The cup tyres are fantastic in the dry, but terrifying in the wet when there is a lot of surface water on the roads. I found this out driving to Cornwall last Thursday when all was great until we got on the A30 (One of my favorite A roads) , and the heavens opened up ! I had to back the car back down to about 60Mph and clench my bum cheeks every time we drove through heavy surface water ! The dry grip does make these tyres worth it though !

    I am glad i specced the cruise control, as this car has the potential to be a license looser ! 

    I listened to the sound system on the way down to Cornwall for the first time, Even with the sound package plus that you need to spec in the UK to get PCM, the sound quality is crap. It is also drowned out by the road noise generated by the cup tyres on our crapy road surfaces. Still i can live with the crap sound system as it is not what the car is about. 

    It took me a while to get use to the heavy clutch in traffic. I have driven plenty of RS's and GT3's before, but always on the open road. I am not ashamed to say i stalled it a couple of times first time i drove it in heavy traffic !!

    The steering is probably the single most thing that makes this car such a unique and exciting driving experience. It is just so razor sharp and responsive. It is just like drivind a go kart on the road. The Carrera steering is numb compared to this car ( and that is a great car). On the subject of steering, the only option i wish i went for was the thicker steering whell option which is now available on the 2011 cars. It is only 5mm thicker but having large hands i find the standard wheel just a little to small.

    I also love the lightweight carbon seats that i went for. Although access to the back of the car is difficult as they do not fold, for me the driving position is perfect. I have always found my knees hit the bottom of the steering wheel on every 911 i have ever driven, but not in this car. I am convinced that the seat runners are also longer given there are no rear seats.

    I plan on getting the OPC to change the oil on the car when it has hit 3000KM and also around this time i will have them fit the 6 point harness that is still sat in a box in the boot. I will also get some paint protection film fitted to the entire front end of the car and also the rockers, as unlike regular 911 models the GT cars do not have the thicker underseal protection under the paint work.


    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    Love your collection report & pics. Thanks a lot for sharing. Took me through all the emotions of me own collection again. wonderful!

    Enjoy the car and happy driving.


    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    cdixon:

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    This is the car EVO (Chris Harris) drove in the Nurburgring 24h race this year, coolSmiley

    www.evo.co.uk/news/evonews/251863/chris_harris_at_the_ring_24_hours.html


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    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

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    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    Thanks for the update report Smiley

    You're definitely a Porsche man - you focus on all the tiny details that mean so much and add up to make the whole ownership experience Smiley 


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    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

     Great report and thanks for sharing the experience.


    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    cdixon:

    My cousins 2010 GT3 had a crash last weekend on a race track. One of his back wheels came off and tore the back off the car and trashed a brake disk. It turned out to be the OPC not torquing up the centre bolts on his rear wheels two days before, Did over €15k of damage (which Porsche are attending too).


    Obviously quite a few OPCs and independent mechanics forget to secure the center lock properly. As described in the manual the octagon-shaped safety nut in the centre has to remain flush with the fluted outer ring. If it stays stuck inside, it will not secure the centerlock and might loosen the wheel under extreme driving despite the 500 Nm fastening torque.


    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

     Excellent  thread !


    Re: My 2011 GT3 Factory collection story (Lots of pics)

    Ferdie:
    cdixon:

    My cousins 2010 GT3 had a crash last weekend on a race track. One of his back wheels came off and tore the back off the car and trashed a brake disk. It turned out to be the OPC not torquing up the centre bolts on his rear wheels two days before, Did over €15k of damage (which Porsche are attending too).


    Obviously quite a few OPCs and independent mechanics forget to secure the center lock properly. As described in the manual the octagon-shaped safety nut in the centre has to remain flush with the fluted outer ring. If it stays stuck inside, it will not secure the centerlock and might loosen the wheel under extreme driving despite the 500 Nm fastening torque.

     

    http://www.rennteam.com/forum/thread/20183137/re_Centre_Locking_Wheels_on_the_track__560Nm_not_500Nm/page1.html

    Please see the above web link which has the official Tech Info document for using Centre Locking Wheels on the track.  The document stipulates 600Nm +/-30 for tightening AND a a greasing procedure.

    (Ignore the heading which says 560, it's wrong)

     


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