Porsche GT3 styling gets blended into new VW Beetle

June 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

For all those Porsche haters out there who say the 911 is nothing more than a hotted-up Beetle, this news is for you. The VW enthusiasts at VWvortex were lucky enough to get early access to the new 2012 Beetle for a little visual tuning and came up with the machine pictured.

The upgraded Beetle clearly draws inspiration from the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, including the hot-right-now bright orange 20-inch alloys and matching decals with the words Beetle RS, just like on the Porsche. The look is finished with some blacked-out chrome detailing.

There’s not much in terms of mechanical upgrades except a 14″ brake discs package from Brembo. Apparently VWvortex will be waiting for the new Beetle to begin rolling off the production line before it starts tweaking the engine. But once it does, mods like a turbocharger upgrade, new exhaust and even a locking diff are planned. To cap off the Beetle/911 look a full size GT3 RS-style rear wing is also expected. Continue reading “Porsche GT3 styling gets blended into new VW Beetle” »

McLaren to develop and campaign MP4-12C GT3 race cars

December 20th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It’s been twelve years since the last six F1 GTR “Longtails” hit the tarmac at Le Mans but McLaren is now busy developing its next racing machine. The British supercar maker has been working with the CRS Racing Team on an MP4-12C-based GT3 racecar. Details have just been revealed and the MP4-12C GT3 will be available in limited numbers starting from 2012.

The McLaren F1 GTR was a very successful racecar, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans on its debut, leaving big shoes to fill for the new car. But by using an advanced one-piece carbon fibre chassis and finely tuned aerodynamic body, the MP4-12C will provide a solid base for the development of the racing version.

“The 12C’s architecture and design was always aimed at high-performance and ease of maintenance – two key criteria for potential customers. Combine that with the vast amount of racing experience in our automotive team, and CRS Racing’s specialist development experience, and the 12C GT3 should be an exciting proposition for the top teams planning to race in GT3 from 2012″, said Martin Whitmarsh, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principal.

To further the development process, McLaren and CRS Racing will enter 12C GT3 prototypes in select European GT races next year. Then a limited number of cars will be made available to privateer teams in the 2012 FIA GT3 Series before McLaren looks at taking on other championships.

Porsche 911 GT3 vs Lamborghini Gallardo in Paris street race (+video)

December 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Here at Car and SUV we don’t encourage street racing, but occasionally something comes past our desks that’s a little bit special. This latest big budget street race video to reach the internet puts a Porsche 911 GT3 against a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera around the streets of Paris.

It’s an elegantly shot video with professional drivers putting the exotic metal through its paces. Will the GT3′s precise German engineering be enough to fend off the Raging Bull? You’ll have to watch the video below to find out. But there is certainly something awesome about seeing the latest European supercars skid along cobblestone Parisian streets.

Click on the video box below to watch the action. Continue reading “Porsche 911 GT3 vs Lamborghini Gallardo in Paris street race (+video)” »

Build your own BMW Z4 GT3 in 600 hours (+video)

September 13th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The BMW Z4 GT3 race car is one serious piece of kit, it has a fixed-roof and is fully race-ready. Instead of the straight six found in the production model, the Z4 GT3 is powered by a 480-horsepower 4.0-litre V8 matched up with a six-speed sequential gearbox. Designed and engineered entirely as a track machine – the Z4 means business and is priced accordingly at around $400,000 USD. Once you’ve ponied up the money the Z4 is then shipped to you… in pieces.

BMW ships the car out in boxes and despite the price tag it’s up to the proud new owner to piece it all together. Recently a Swedish racing crew named Team West Coast Racing, did just that. The entire build took them 600 hours and they kept a camera rolling all along. A time-lapse video captures the action as bare chassis slowly becomes a complete race car.

Check out the video of the build below. Continue reading “Build your own BMW Z4 GT3 in 600 hours (+video)” »

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 on sale for privateers

August 17th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes has announced that its full-on competition spec SLS AMG GT3 is available for order and will be priced from €334,000 plus taxes ($606,000 NZ).

The car is on sale now and deliveries will begin in February next year to allow teams plenty of time to prepare for the 2011 season. The GT3 class for production based sports cars is really heating up these days with Mercedes now joining Audi, BMW and Porsche.

The SLS AMG GT3 car features a reworked nose, a ventilated hood, a carbon fibre front splitter, special rear diffuser, and a massive wing at the rear. Other racing extras include a carbon-fibre (CFRP) safety cell, a steel braking system, a six-speed sequential racing transmission (with steering wheel mounted paddles), and a high-tech integrated multi-disc locking differential.

Power comes from a 6.3-litre V8 engine, which interestingly is virtually identical to the motor found in the standard SLS AMG. In terms of performance, the car will accelerate from 0-100 kph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed above 300 km/h. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 on sale for privateers” »

Porsche Experience: 911 GT3 RS

May 26th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Experience the latest and most track focused 911 as the new 911 GT3 RS is driven to the limit.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 racer revealed

March 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

AMG has been producing racing versions of Mercedes-Benz cars and high performance street machines for more than 40 years. That tradition has just continued with the unveiling of a GT3 spec version of the new SLS gullwing coupe in Mexico. Sales are expected to begin later this year and AMG hopes to have the homologation process completed in time for the 2011 racing season.

The GT3 SLS is set to use the same 6.3-litre V8 as the road car, but the FIA will ultimately determine its final output for racing. Aerodynamic enhancements see big changes to the standard bodywork. The front end features a deep carbon fibre splitter and a massive rear wing out back. The bonnet has a large cooling vent and there are air intakes for brake cooling in the side skirts. Other race-spec features include a flat underbody, rear diffuser, central-locking wheels and a fuel filler pipe in the C-pillar.

Privateer teams will most likely be able to purchase the new SLS AMG GT3 race car from early next year. Expect pricing to be similar to that of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car, which begins at around the $500,000 USD mark.

Click the link below to see more images of th SLS AMG GT3 race car.

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BMW Z4 GT3 ready for gentleman racers

March 5th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Late last year it was revealed that BMW was developing a race-ready Z4 GT3 for customers who participate in motorsports. Now, official images and details of the track-spec Z4 have been released. The Z4-based coupe has always been a looker, and in GT3 guise it’s certainly striking.

Under the long bonnet BMW has jammed in the M3′s 4.0-litre V8 and with the Type-408 ECU engine management system and Power400 control unit, the high-revving V8 puts out a generous 480 horsepower with a six-speed sequential gearbox sending all the grunt to the rear wheels. ABS braking and central-locking wheels are standard kit, and for those who don’t want to break a sweat, air conditioning is optional.

BMW will be selling the Z4 GT3 from the second half of this year, with an estimated price of around 298,000 Euro ($589,000 NZ).

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