Chris Harris and a garage full of Porsche 911 GT cars – Top Gear

Andreas Preuninger is the employer of Porsche’s GT car department, in charge of stripping weight and using wings (and stickers) to 911s for over twenty years. Nobody knows more about hardcore rear-engined sports automobiles than Preuninger. Except perhaps Mr Chris Harris. Prior to the new 911 GT3 was revealed, Harris took a journey to Germany to see every generation of Porsche 911 GT …

Andreas Preuninger: Chris, welcome to our Noah’s Ark. Among each sort of GT-series Porsche 911 ever.

Chris Harris: You know typical individuals dream of either beautiful guys or beautiful ladies? I imagine a room loaded with Porsche GT3s. Where do we start?

AP: Without me, really. The gen-two 996 was the very first GT3 I worked on. I missed the very first edition.

CH: So, because you didn’t develop the original, I can say a number of things, OK? I remember pertaining to Weissach, gathering the first GT3 ever to go to the UK, in July 1999. It was really cool, but it wasn’t perfect. We took it to a track– it wasn’t as quick as I anticipated and it ran out of brakes. The gen 2 you established declared another 20bhp horsepower, however it seemed like it had 50 more to me and the brakes worked. Your magic had begun … How did that progress into the very first GT3 RS?

AP: That was my dream task since I constantly had a Carrera RS 2.7 poster above my bed when I was 10 years old. It occurred because we needed to homologate new wheel providers for the 996 RS racecar, however I wished to commemorate the 2.7 RS. We included a carbon bonnet, and what was, for the time, a huge wing.

CH: It looks tiny now.

AP: Did you understand this was the very first Porsche street vehicle ever upholstered with Alcantara? Simply on the steering wheel, equipment shifter and the door handle. It was the first time we had a polycarbonate window.

CH: That’s nerdy. The steering in this automobile is unbelievable, isn’t it? It’s completely alive.

AP: BMW had just done the M3 CSL, which I loved: it was an excellent competitor. We had Pirellis, they had the Michelins and that influences the steering feel a lot.

CH: Right, to the 997. This cars and truck gets a bit forgotten, since everyone desires the gen 2, but in fact this engine is magnificent, isn’t it?

AP: It was a really unique car, very effective, it had Michelin ultra-high performance tyres for the very first time. We provided it with ceramic brakes and only a manual gearbox. That’s all the sports vehicle you ever require.

CH: How many times did you go out in these things to advise yourself of the DNA of what you’re making?

AP: I believe it’s really important to touch base with the old cars, to reset the internal button since in the memory, you tend to glorify the past and forget the new. My whole team drives these cars to make certain that the brand-new vehicle will fit its line of ancestors correctly, so the GT3 values, virtues and DNA remain.

BMW had actually simply done the M3 CSL, which I liked: it was an excellent rival

CH: Aha, the 997 gen two. I most likely did more miles in these than any other GT3. This for me seemed like your GT division had truly developed itself. Everybody wanted one.

AP: Because we knew we ‘d sell enough cars and trucks to pay back our financial investment, we went to town. New brakes, centre-lock wheels, a 3.8-litre engine, various web cams, more revs, more horse power.

CH: You when told me about a new covering on these grilles that enabled more air flow through. I keep in mind believing, “Come on, really?” You were adamant. And the individuals that purchase these vehicles care about the information.

AP: We like to focus on information since the amount of the little things make the whole more preferable.

CH: Poetic. Now, over here is the one that everyone still discusses: the GT3 RS 4.0. I remember you having an ashen face explaining just how much it costs to make a broader indication repeater to fit the flared arches. Just how much was that piece of plastic once again?

AP: I think it was EUR250,000 prior to we even made one part. These were our very first carbon bumpers. Inside, the automobile’s stripped. The entire plan is still in some concerns benchmarked for today’s cars and trucks. I’ve driven this a lot since of the new GT3.

CH: Which is right there under that cover. Can I.?

AP: It’s prematurely to reveal it off. You will have to be pleased with taking a look at it with a veil on top, like a bride-to-be.

CH: You flew me out to Germany to not see a vehicle. You sure you’re not Ferrari? Let’s have a look at the 991 GT3. I seem to keep in mind the first time I drove this remained in Barcelona. It quickly became clear that the Spanish cops weren’t extremely delighted with us being there.

AP: They were chasing us with helicopters, Chris.

CH: That’s right. It resembled a bad episode of The A-Team, and they landed a helicopter on the roadway and they simply said, “You need to go now”.

AP: We were worried about that video camera standing at the roadside with all that video people drifting there.

CH: I put the SD cards in my sock. Anyway, the car. This was your most controversial action. Rear steering, electrical power steering, and it was PDK only. All the internet online forums caught fire.

AP: The phrase I attached to this cars and truck was ‘shut up and simply drive it’.

CH: So, what you’ve got is a load of reporters like me saying, “Oh, it’s not got a manual gearbox”. What do you perform in reaction?

AP: The 911R. I have to be sincere, the 991 GT3 was such a big job we had to hold the manual gearbox for later, and present it on the 911R. A star was born and we had the gearbox on the rack for the next-gen GT3.

CH: I know I’m an old guy, but I just like them without a wing, and a houndstooth interior. I’m not going to stand here for too long since I might get wobbly knees. Can we take the cover off the new one now?

AP: I informed you, I’m not permitted to do it. If I lose my job, I can’t build any more of these automobiles.

It’s like a vehicle James Bond would drive if there weren’t any Aston Martins in the world

CH: I ‘d need to go into hiding. Ooof, I’ve just seen a 991 GT3 RS.

AP: This was a game changer when it pertains to track capability. We never had such a severe car. We had class leading downforce. There were other business declaring their automobiles produced as much, so we put them in the wind tunnel. It was not even close. Our RS actually makes 350kg of downforce at leading speed.

CH: I’m going to disregard the GT3 RS gen two for a minute due to the fact that of what’s beside it: the GT2 RS. From which unusual part of your brain did this 700 horse power beast come?

AP: I wanted an engine that sounded like a Nineties 911 Turbo without the lag. If I might keep just three cars and trucks I’ve assisted make, the GT2 RS would always be one of them. The list changes with the mood I remain in, however there’s always a GT2 RS.

CH: Now talk me around some information on this 992 GT3. The power step isn’t huge over the last vehicle, however 500’s sufficient on the road, isn’t it?

AP: A vehicle that size which weight with 500 horse power is enough to put you in jail in minutes. We focused on drivability and confidence. The car is a lot quicker on the ‘Ring, so that pays off despite having only a 10 horse power upgrade.

CH: The noise is great. I was fearing that with the brand-new regs it was going to sound a bit dull inside. It actually does not.

AP: It sounds possibly a little fully grown, a little more fully grown, however inside it’s even louder than the old one. It’s not just about the engine. For the very first time we have a double wishbone front axle, absolutely brand-new for a 911.

CH: There’s an entire load of Porsche racing motorists out there at the moment going “thank God, we’ve been waiting on that for 20 years”.

AP: It really helps the cars and truck. The car has got a bit bigger however it has advantages. It has larger tracks, brand new front suspension, and it’s lots better on track now.

CH: So, 992 GT3 is available with a handbook and a PDK?

AP: You have both options since I’m sick of informing people what is the best combination.

CH: Will there be a Touring?

AP: A little later after we put this on the marketplace, yes. You could go to the opera with that. It’s like an automobile James Bond would drive if there weren’t any Aston Martins in the world.

CH: How cool would that be? James Bond driving a GT3 Touring. Now we’re talking. Will there be a convertible?

AP: Nope.

CH: Will there be a diesel?

AP: Pffft. Yes, Chris.

CH: Will there be an electrical one?

AP: Oh, definitely.

CH: Joking apart, seeing all these together makes me feel a bit old.

AP: You feel old? That orange 997 GT3 RS is the very cars and truck I brought my son home from hospital in when he was born.

CH: It’s a remarkable tradition and it’s taken a couple of years, but it’s 20 years of good equipment now, isn’t it?

AP: And yet, we still have some ideas for what’s beside come …

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Andreas Preuninger is the employer of Porsche’s GT cars and truck department, in charge of removing weight and using wings (and stickers) to 911s for over two years.: Did you know this was the first Porsche street car ever upholstered with Alcantara? The steering in this automobile is incredible, isn’t it? CH: You flew me out to Germany to not see an automobile. We never ever had such an extreme cars and truck.

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