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911 GT3 RS 3.6 – 415 ch [2007 à 2009]

Diving Deep into Analog Machines with One Man’s Cherished 997.1 GT3 RS

Some owners develop bonds with their cars so close that they make certain parent-child relationships cold and distant. Perhaps the involved relationship one must have when owning and modifying a car over the course of a decade, one might get closer to their car than they can with kin. Plus, a Porsche 997.1 GT3 RS doesn’t make rude comments at Thanksgiving, nor does it come home with strange suitors and expect you to make small talk. However, like a kid, the GT3 RS does cost a great deal of money—not that spending money on this beauty was something Shawn Lee ever did begrudgingly.

This simple, frill-free GT3 RS is impressive on stats alone. With 420 horsepower, less than 3,000 pounds to haul around, a slick six-speed, and as little superfluous bits as possible, there’s plenty to enjoy. But this model has some history to boot. A former car of the late Paul Walker, this GT3 RS was modified in the way that the face of The Fast and the Furious would have. Walker fitted it with Lexan rear windows, GMG Cup fenders, and Carrera GT seats in the year he owned it, then sold it to Mr. Lee.

A few tasteful modifications make this GT3 RS even more of a driver’s car.

To Lee, the analog nature of this generation of GT3 is its main appeal. « This car gives a workout, » he says. With the ability to make its driver sweat and the level of involvement it demands, it leaves you tired. « It beats on you, » Lee adds. Even compared to the 991 GT3, he finds the visceral, unfiltered experience of driving a 997 GT3 RS can’t be beaten—even if it’s not the fastest machine around nowadays. There’s a deeper connection that older cars offer the driver. The young guns and the laptime-obsessed might not feel the same way, but that relationship one forms with an analog car can really leave its owner panting, elated, and ready for another go.

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Drift en GT3 RS

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Video: How you should treat your newly purchased 997 GT3 RS

In this day and age of ever-inflating Rennsport prices, you’d be led to believe many on the internet that everyone who now goes out and buys a Mezger-engined Porsche 911 GT3 RS is planning to keep it stowed away in an air-conditioned garage, never to see a road (let alone a track) again.

However, that is not always the case, as this video from independent specialist, RPM Technik. They recently had a customer purchase a Gen1 Porsche 997 GT3 RS and, within a few days, christen the car at a track day.

And, to prove it, here is some onboard video footage from the 997 GT3 RS as the new owner gives it a proper hiding around the Oulton Park circuit. He’s certainly not hanging about. Enjoy.

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Green Porsche 911 GT3 RS Rides on White HRE Wheels

Precision Sport Industries recently held a photoshoot, featuring a green Porsche 997 GT3 RS. The car, labelled the “Jolly Green Giant”, has been fitted with white HRE Wheels. The Porsche 997 GT3 RS was released in 2006 and belongs to …

Green Porsche 911 GT3 RS Rides on White HRE Wheels

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997 GT3 RS Phase 1: la même en blanc?

Temps de lecture estimé: 2’40 Le relatif calme de l’été nous permet enfin de prendre un peu de repos, de nous allonger dans notre chaise longue préférée afin d’aborder d’autres sujets que ceux de la bouillonnante actualité de cette fabuleuse année 2015, à plus d’un titre. C’est la raison pour laquelle nous souhaitons partager avec … Lire la suite 997 GT3 RS Phase 1: la même en blanc?

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