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    Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    A few words: it was amazing, the 997 GT3 is a great fun car. Unfortunately we have pretty cold weather today over here in Germany, in the 50s (aprox. 7-9 *C). The Michelin Cup tires didn't build up enough grip but the handling of the GT3 was still impressive. We were actually very lucky, no rain during the driving fun, the car gods were watching over us.

    Walter Röhrl is an absolutely great person, very down to earth type of guy, not a bit arrogant, very very friendly and he really got a few new admirers today.
    With us was also Mr. Wuest from Porsche Germany, some people may know him, I won't add anything more.

    We had two cars for the fun, at the end the tires were almost finished, despite the cold asphalt temperatures.

    The 997 GT3 feels great, it actually felt like my former 997 Carrera S but on steroids. The shifting felt a little bit weird since I didn't feel the gear actually pop in but it worked fine. Clutch is a treat, no need for a sensitive foot. Steering is very direct and precise, unfortunately the car showed heavy understeer and I was too dumb (and probably too impressed with all what happened today) to turn off the TC and/or turn on the sport button. Just PASM was set for "sport".

    The engine is a treat too, it revs up incredibly fast up to the rev limiter, you can actually feel and even hear how the engine breathes freely. The exhaust/engine sound is great too after passing around 4000-5000 rpm, a bit Carrera GT like but not quite as good as the original 997 Porsche Sport Exhaust with the "sound mod".

    Both cars were equipped with the optional PCCB brake, what can I say...NO fading, very precise brake feel, definetely a MUST HAVE option. Ordering a 997 GT3 without PCCB is like getting strawberry icecream without whipped cream. And did I mention that it also looks great? 380 mm discs front...impressive. The PCCB brake system of the new 997 GT3/Turbo is actually derived from the Carrera GT, the front brake is practically identical.

    What suprised me most: even with TC and no PSM at hand, the 997 GT3 feels fool-proof. One has to do a lot of stupid things to make this car leave the track, it is a perfect toy, especially for skilled drivers but "beginners" will have an easier approach than with older "GT" models.

    I didn't have much driving time I'm afraid, so my impressions may not be quite accurate, also because of the cold weather. Anyway, I was very impressed with the new GT3.

    In my opinion, the 997 GT3 is the best bang for the buck right now from Porsche. It may not be as powerful as a Ferrari F430 or a Corvette Z06 but it is definetely a lot of fun. And after we did what we did with the two cars today (original comment from Mr. Wuest: "Thanks god, the cars are OK..."), we can also say that they're definetely not only fast but also very reliable.

    Enjoy the pictures and later on the video(s).
    Feel free to ask questions if you wish but I would like to say one thing: I didn't ask about future Porsche products and even if I did, I wouldn't tell what I've been told out of fairness towards the people involved, I hope you understand. Only one hint: a lot of interesting times are lying ahead for us Porsche freaks.

    First picture: Walter put his autograph on my badge. Can you imagine? Our user "leihort" brought even a rim bolt for getting an autograph on it.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Great report, Christian!
    Glad to see you liked the car.
    You mentioned understeer. So the car understeers in sport mode with the TC on. Interesting.
    I don't understand, however, why the sound is worse on the GT3, than on a standard PSE Carrera...

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Thanks, RC! Do you have any feelings (good or bad) about the GT3 having PASM now compared to the suspension on the MkII?

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    Me and Walter. I apologize for the size but I look horrible in this picture, so I downsized it (yeah, yeah...I know...stupid manly pride ). You can admire my person on another picture next to the GT3 I drove. Just in case you fall in love: I'm happily married.

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    This is me...not very flattering either but better than the other one.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Real cool RC . You and THE man.

    Can't wait to read your report. never mind the report is on top.

    I'm going stupid these days.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Quote:
    RC said:
    This is me...not very flattering either but better than the other one.



    Looking good!
    And I see you've changed your hairdresser .

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Both beauties.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Quote:
    RC said:
    This is me...not very flattering either but better than the other one.



    not by much! Couldnt see the difference

    Great report; it seemed like a lot of fun. lucky guys! It a shame that the temp was so low...

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Nice GT3 interior with those "infamous" Carrera GT shells (which by the way fit like a body glove ).

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    RC, great report! Glad you like the GT3...

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    The GT3 was maybe understeering because the front tire never got a chance to warm up

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

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    RC said:
    Nice GT3 interior with those "infamous" Carrera GT shells (which by the way fit like a body glove ).



    Looking good !

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Closer look at the CGT shells. Expensive but worth it.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    RC, are you thinking that perhaps you should've bought a GT3?

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

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    polo said:
    The GT3 was maybe understeering because the front tire never got a chance to warm up



    No, the tires were warm enough. I think the tyre pressure was to high.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Some refreshments to keep up the good spirit. Nice job, Porsche.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    The "master" himself driving.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    RC, great report and feedback. thanks for posting it.

    regarding the seats, are they around the same size as the 996 GT3 buckets or tighter?

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    Rennteam buddies meeting... (wasn't sure if everybody wants to see his face on the net, so I wiped the faces out...we REALLY don't look this way ).

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    Finally saying good-bye...

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    amazing pics and report rc!!! you must have spent a hell of a day!!!!BTW how long is walter rohl???????????? he seems giant!

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

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    dhayek said:
    amazing pics and report rc!!! you must have spent a hell of a day!!!!BTW how long is walter rohl???????????? he seems giant!



    He is pretty tall and very slim. Makes me look like a potential candidate for the Weight Watchers.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

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    dhayek said:
    amazing pics and report rc!!! you must have spent a hell of a day!!!!BTW how long is walter rohl???????????? he seems giant!



    He's just under two meters.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    RC,

    Did you learn anything about the RS which would contribute to the current on-going discussion?

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Quote:
    RC said:
    Quote:
    dhayek said:
    amazing pics and report rc!!! you must have spent a hell of a day!!!!BTW how long is walter rohl???????????? he seems giant!



    He is pretty tall and very slim. Makes me look like a potential candidate for the Weight Watchers.



    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Here are the VIDEOS, guys:
    Please right-click file and save/download it to your local hdd drive. First video is aprox. 12 MB, the second one aprox. 10 MB.

    Video 1
    Video 2

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Awesome clips , thanks.

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Quote:
    RC said:
    Rennteam buddies meeting... (wasn't sure if everybody wants to see his face on the net, so I wiped the faces out...we REALLY don't look this way ).



    Great pics guys , thanks , and you 2 buds standing on the right must be brothers judging by your haircuts ..

    Also love the yellow , great for the GT3..

    throt...

    Re: Rennteam 997 GT3 Driving - Pictures & Video

    Great vids. This car have a nice sound.

     
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