Porsche 911 GT3 R

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Take one 911 GT3 RS and re­move the need to make it driv­able

on the road. This is the cir­cuit-de­stroy­ing re­sult

Good news, if you’re of the de­luded be­lief that the new 513bhp, 6m 56.4secs ’Ring-lap­ping Porsche GT3 RS isn’t track-fo­cused enough. It comes in the shape of the GT3 R: a track-only, stripped-out rac­ing 911 based on the new road-go­ing RS but sand­wiched be­tween the 911 Cup and RSR rac­ers. That means more aero, less weight, more power.

The GT3 R is built on an alu­mini­um­steel chas­sis, but the roof, front hood and fair­ing, whee­larches, doors, side and tail sec­tions as well as the rear lid and in­te­rior trim are made of feath­er­weight CF com­pos­ite. And any­thing that’s nor­mally glass has been swapped out for plas­tic. The GT3 RS’s 4.0-litre flat-six is wound up to 542bhp and con­nected to a very se­ri­ous se­quen­tial 6spd ’box with elec­tronic shift ac­tu­a­tor for light­ning changes.

Like the road car, there are the now-su­per­sized slashes in the whee­larches, while a more de­fined dif­fuser and a bon­net with a gi­ant crater in it suck the R to the floor. Other racy mods in­clude a fixed-po­si­tion

seat, added car­bon-fi­bre Kevlar side-im­pact pan­els and, for the first time in a GT3-spec 911, air-con. Oh, the lux­ury.

Prices start at £404k plus taxes, so if you’re a track-day en­thu­si­ast and sick of wring­ing out an old Citroen Saxo, it’s time to buy a lottery ticket, and book a trip to Spa. ROWAN HORNCASTLE

Top tip: the GT3 R’s fuel tank can be filled from ei­ther the left or right de­pend­ing on which cir­cuit you’re scream­ing around. Your per­sonal pit crewwill be de­lighted

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