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Friday, September 25, 2015

This Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is Just Too Unruly for the Street



Across its legendary history, the Porsche 911 has never had a problem going fast on a track. Whether it be the vaunted RSRs of the 1970s, the “Moby Dick” 935/78, or the 911 GT2 of the ‘90s—these cars could hustle, and then some. 
Today it’s much the same, and when amateur and professional racers want to go quick, they still grab for a set of Porsche keys. Namely a set from one of these.

This is a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup—one of 265 Cup racecars built by Porsche for the 2008 motorsports season. While they aren’t road legal, these perennial track terrors can surely carve up a circuit, and this one recently surfaced on eBay. Not a bad idea to bring a change of pants though.


Hence the name, the racy Porsche 911 GT3 Cup draws its bones from the road-worthy 911 GT3, a car that seems like it already escaped the clutches of a track. In fact, these cars are built on the same production line in Stuttgart, Germany, though the transformation from road racer to actual racer is quite extensive.

The GT3 Cup ditches every unnecessary item, and replaces it with either nothing…or racing gear, which includes ceramic brakes, a weld-in roll cage, electronic fire-supression system, air jacks, carbon fiber wings and aero elements, and one lonely racing seat.

 All told, this vintage of GT3 Cup weighs at least 500 pounds less than the equivalent GT3. That’s some serious heft on an already light car.


Tucked in the boot, the GT3 Cup fits the same naturally aspirated 3.6-liter six-cylinder as its road-worthy progenitor, which now boasts 420 horsepower, 310 lb.-ft. of torque, and a rev range up to 8,400 rpm. Shift work is handled by a slick six-speed sequential gearbox.

Though this car has undoubtedly seen the undulating turns of a race track, it doesn’t appear to show the road rash that many race cars do. In fact, it looks stunning. Inside there’s a bit of extra track gear for the racing enthusiast too, including a ChaseCam for video recording and a Coolshirt personal cooling system.

Photo Credit: JSB Foto