• Dec 24, 2009
2010 Porsche GT3 RS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Porsche test pilot and all-around legend Walter Röhrl will be competing in next year's Nürburgring 24-Hour race for the first time in 17 years. His weapon of choice for the event: the 2010 Porsche GT3 RS. That's the rear-wheel drive one with the 450 horsepower 3.8-liter that runs up to 8,500 RPM. The one with the track-specific, lightweight lithium-ion battery and dynamic engine mounts. The one that did the Kessel Run 'Ring in 12 parsecs 7:33 in light traffic.

Röhrl says the street-legal production car is the closest thing to a race car he's ever driven, so he wants to find out what it can ultimately do from gun-to-flag. It probably won't hand comeuppance to the four-liter, $494,000 GT3 RSR, but with the same horsepower as the dedicated racer we figure Röhrl plans to keep it close.



[Source: Paul Tan]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      he's going to have a swollen left leg by the end of it lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Judging from how hard it seemed to drive those Group B cars, that shouldn't be an issue for him heh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the coolest thing I have ever seen..huh huh..huh

      I hope to attend this race. I'll be driving my car up to Germany from Southern Spain!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      @LS7Mrbullsh*tclaimingabout24h northloop

      there was never a production Audi 200 racing the 24h at the Ring..

      I guess you think of the orange MTM Audi 200 quattro which raced the last time in 2005 or 2006. That was a fully build touring race car with 450hp, sequential transmission, the tire wide of old Audi V8 DTM race cars etc.. it raced the 24h 11times
      The car was first build under Group N rules later it was updated to Group A ruels. From the first day it used a suspension from the DTM Audi V8. Since 2000 it use the complete bodykit of the old Audi V8 DTM race cars.
      Till the car retiered into classic car series it was the oldest car racing the 24h and it was one of the most popular car for the spectators... no matter for its age in wet conditions it was by far the fastest ...

      Here is a onboard of this old race horse driving in the classic race series in 2008...20 years old and still able to get a 7:40min laptime..somehting a stock Audi 200 would have never seen. Even with some brake pads and suspension updates..

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ3RgmIx9sM&feature=related


      enjoy the noise of this old warhorse..
      • 5 Years Ago
      "I like you. You have balls. I like balls."
      • 5 Years Ago
      So this is stock car racing.....ok, I'm confused.
      • 5 Years Ago
      nice color scheme, cool rims and wing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At the risk of showing my geekness, a parsec is a unit of distance, it's like saying I ran the 'Ring in 21.6 km. Also, the Kessel run is 18 parsecs, so you cheated and took a shortcut. Nice try though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, in hyperspace, all ships are equally fast. So the important thing is to have a very precise navigation computer which can navigate you close to asteroid fields or black holes or other obstacles and hence save distance and thereby time.
        Therefore, it could theoretically be possible to do the Kessel run in 12 Parsecs. Although that would mean that the Kessel run is full of massive obstacles, forcing you to do giant detours.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i a search will provide the details but several years ago, i recall a stock 928 was entered in the 24 hrs of daytona. not sure where it placed at the end but i think it was slowed down in the race by another car running into it.

      regards
      • 5 Years Ago
      definately not bone stock. He must include a safety harness, roll cage, fire equipment, steel brakes, just to name some of the rules at the 24Hour nurburgring race.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the idea did not come from Porsche.
      Horst von Saumra the chief testdriver, main editior and owner of the sportauto magazine, which is well known for their supertests at the northloop, had the idea after testing the 997 GT3 RS facelift that it would be a interesting challenge to see how it perfromance during a 24h race at the northloop.
      The reason why they do it, because lately many manufactor claim that their cars come directly from the race track and that they are as close as possible to real race cars. They have choosen the GT3 RS ... german magazine, german drivers ..german car ... and they wanna see were it finish after 24h. Porsche liked their idea and support them...Walter Röhrl liked the idea so much that he join the sportauto 24h race team.

      sportauto has a long tradition in racing the 24h at the northloop
      they have raced the last decade
      2000 BMW M Coupe GTR
      2001 AC schnitzer BMW M Coupe
      2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Eco VII
      2003 Honda NSX-R
      2004 Honda NSX-R (JGTC GT1 ex mobile) S2000, Civic Type R (Honda factory supported)
      2005 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
      2006 Düchting Audi R8
      2009 BMW M3 GT4

      all of the cars were fully build race cars..the GT3 Rs will be the first stock production street model...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is some great PR and I know he will do well. What a great story.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yep this is a BAMF for sure. I really hope to see this guy in action.
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