Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RSR #80 – Spark

GT3 RSR #80
2011 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RSR 
Pilots: G. Bergmeister. L. Luhr, P. Long 
Team: Flying Lizard Motorsports 
Race: 18th overall (6th in class GTE-Pro) at Le Mans in 2011 
Spark - S3419 (resin) 

Published 03/01/18

Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RSR #81 (08/25/17):

The 997 generation of 911 GT3 RS (Rennsport) was first released in 2006, as an homologation model to be used in a few racing series – it was basically a street legal racing car. But the RSR was the full-blown race version, specifically developed for GT2 class racing. The car received a beefed-up supension and a gearbox similar to the one used in the RS Spyder. The engine was the reliable  (M97.74) 3996 cm³ flat-6 with 24 valves and DOHC, that in stock form produced 465 ponies.

GT3 RSR #80
RSR #80 has possibly one of the five coolest art car liveries of the last 10 years.

Flying Lizard Motorsports had a very straight relation with Porsche Motorsport North America, and participated in the development of the 997 GT3 RSR. For 2011 the race team had two RSRs (in the GTE-Pro and AM classes) lined up at La Sarthe. Car #80 (chassis #WP0ZZZ99Z8S799913) was able to finish in 18th place overall (6th in GTE-Pro class). Car #81 (chassis #WP0ZZZ99Z8S799912-09b) however, had to abandon on the 211th lap.

GT3 RSR #80
Team complete!

So here we have a second for me: for the second time I’m able to show a complete race team for a Le Mans race (first time was with my 1964 Porsche System Engineering 904s). I already had the blue #81, and now I got the orange GT3 RSR #80. Supposedly this is the rarer of the two. I infer that is so just because the blue #81 was a DNFer. Or maybe Spark made less of the orange one? So it’s another terrific job in 1:43 from Spark. Basically, one of those oh-so-nice-models that maybe it’s a must buy for all race car collectors. AND, at least for me, it has a huge bonus: it’s an art car .

GT3 RSR #80
My fledgling Art Car wing.

Now, the Art Car Wing of my collection has five (5!) examples!!! Five is officially a “Wing”, right? Wing or not, it is interesting to see that most art cars at Le Mans are Porsches. I tried to find all the art cars that raced at La Sarthe so far, and it looks like Porsche is the most common choice. Like at least 90% of them are from Stuttgart 🤨.

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