• Dec 19th 2007 at 9:55AM
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Going fast can't be rushed. It sounds downright oxymoronic, but it might as well be the golden rule when it comes to breaking top speed records.

9ff is one of those outfits that bridges the gap between aftermarket tuning house and specialty manufacturer. Their latest project, dubbed GT9, has been a long time coming, and we've been eagerly awaiting the very special car's attempt at unseating the likes of the SSC Aero, Koenigsegg CCX and Bugatti Veyron from their respective places at the top of the speed-trial time sheets. 9ff has yet to take the GT9 to Nardo for its official run, but have in the meantime given us an appetizer to keep our mouths watering.

As you may recall, the GT9 starts with a Porsche 911 GT3, and goes to work on it like a Tarantino character with a razor blade and "Stuck in the Middle" playing on the radio. A new rear subframe is fitted from carbon-Kevlar, mounting the 987hp 4.2-liter twin-turbo flat-six in the middle instead of the rear, and stretching the custom body by 300 mm (about a foot) while chopping the sleek roofline by 120 mm.

The near-record-ready GT9 was on display at the Essen motor show when it was apparently revealed that the asking price has jumped from an anticipated €400k to nearly €600k. But with the Porsche Carrera GT long since out of production, 9ff shouldn't have any trouble selling the limited run of 20...so long as it meets its ambitious performance goals.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The back wheels look like a cartoon. But, the rest is HOT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cardboard wheels! Why didn't I think of that?!
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol i know, saves a lot of weight ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it is a beautifull car, both in its proportions and engineering (almost 1000HP 6 cylinder!)

      If anyone actually *reads* the comments before posting, you would realise that the rear wheels aren't photoshoped, they are most likely covers to reduce drag so to achieve a better top-speed. Admittedly, they look like crap, and would be the first thing to go if I won the billion dollar lotto and bought this car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Make mine mono-chromatic and replace the rear wheels with actual alloys and I'm good to go. thanks Boo~
      • 7 Years Ago
      When the lead is that you have to make sure everything is right before you move forward...shouldn't you at least make sure the stickers are straight and the rear wheels don't have to be covered in cardboard? Of course, if it was good enough for Ferrari....
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the idea of a mid-engined 911... as much as that is an oxymoron.

      But, contrarily, I don't like the back end of this car. The proportions look wrong somehow, and I am not concerned with the covered wheel.

      It seems like they could have styled this more like the stock 911, with the sloping rear deck line, with a longer wheel-base worked in, and the engine swapping places toward the middle.

      It does look like a GT1 class prototype, or something... and I can admire it for being purposeful, but gorgeous it ain't.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope they leave the back end exactly like that. Exactly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I KNO that's amazing!!! We all know why the 997 is famous (or infamous, depending on your POV) but now im I glad that now we can actually see it. The rear end is Viper-esque (which is far from a bad thing) and it totally changes the whole look of the car.

        I think they were inspired by a Herald Belker design (google it lol)

        gotta love the real photoshopped wheels! LMAO
        • 7 Years Ago

        the rear wheels are not photoshoped they cary discs with the picture of the normal rim... the disc makes the car more slipery for topspeed runs..

        9ff already has reached 388km/h at Nardo in 2004 (exactly the same speed as Koenigsegg) in a normal shaped 911...
        If the weather allows it and the technic works this car should easy brake deep into the 400km/h..

        According to 9ff they already have first orders for the GT9 ..but all with the sidenote, only if the GT9 realy brakes into the 400km/h at Nardo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      sweet. i would like to stare at that butt all day.
      but yea what is w/the back rims....
        • 7 Years Ago
        They've clearly been Photoshopped on there. My guess is they hadn't gotten them done and bolted on before the PR guys wanted the announcement out the door.
        • 7 Years Ago
        looks like a rim cover to me.. with the purpose of reducing drag around the rear wheels

        rear rim covers are pretty commonplace in f1 now, but they have to have the center hole to allow for quick wheel changes and ventilation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't understand manufacturers constantly going for highest topspeed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They need to make the rear a bit longer, and put proper rear wheels on it. Run a " Moon style "cap on the wheels for record run.
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