2009 Porsche 911 (997) RSR Pilots: P. Pilet, S. Neiman, S. Pumpelly Team: Flying Lizard Motorsports Race: 27th overall (4th in LMGTE-Am class) at Le Mans in 2012 Spark - S3738 (resin)
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 suspension 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.
Flying Lizard had two cars in the 2012 24 Heures du Mans, both of them GT3 RSRs. For the GTE-Pro class they had car #80, and for the GTE-Am car #79 (#WP0ZZZ99Z9S799913). The Pro car didn’t have much luck and abandoned the race in the 114th lap, but this RSR #79 finished 4th in the GTE-Am class, coming in in 27th overall. Unfortunately though, the race of 2012 was the last time a Porsche flied the Flying Lizard colors at La Sarthe.
Not much to comment on the model, since it’s the regular fantastic model from Spark. And that’s maybe the best thing about Spark: you can count on them, they always deliver. I’m yet to see a car where they did a hack job (just look at the 2011 #80 car for instance). Well, their older stuff, for today’s standards, may not be as nice, however the current models are top notch.
And with the GT3 RSR #79 the lizard pen grows…