Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RSR #81 – Spark

GT3 RSR #81
2008 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 RSR 
Pilots: D. Law, S. Neiman, S. Pumpelly
Team: Flying Lizard Motorsports
Race: DNF (GTE-Am class) at Le Mans in 2011
Spark - S3423 (resin)

Published 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 #81
Troy Lee did a wonderful job. I have the impression I’m looking at one of his helmets.

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 #81
Is the GT3 RSR #81 cool or what? No, it’s ice³ cool!

So, this GT3 RSR #81 is not my first and probably not my last 997 and it’s a DNFer. Why get it then? Easy: it’s a looker. An art car for sure, and to me not only an art car but a BEAUTIFUL one at that. Without a doubt it was a fantastic acquisition for the burgeoning Art Car Wing of my collection. I admit that two cars (three now!) constituting a “wing” is stretching it, but hey, I’m working on it. Not my fault that these lookers are usually expensive 😥.

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