2004 Porsche 996 GT3 Rallye

FIA R-GT Championship: 997s back in the race

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Andreas Preuninger might just be a shade pessimistic: a decade later, (almost) contemporary 911s can still win rallies. Promoted by Michelle Mouton and Jean Todt, the idea behind the R-GT Championship is to get affordable yet exciting cars back into the international rally scene. Initial teething troubles with homologation – the FIA has had to adjust to dealing with individual teams rather than major manufacturers – restricted the championship’s first season, but did not stop the Tuthill-prepared 997 winning the inaugural event, the 2015 Tour de Corse. Team principal Richard Tuthill says of his rally GT3: “The 997 GT3 makes a perfect entrant in this category. It doesn’t feel any wider than the air-cooled rally 911s we prepare and the extra weight (1,300kg as opposed to 1,100kg) is noticeable only when braking. The 997 looks good, sounds fantastic, is great to drive and the crowds love it. We are preparing next season’s car.” The best-supported event was the Ypres Rally, fittingly in the heartland of European tarmac rallying, where he says, the Tuthill 997 was “just brilliant”.

Model Rallye


Year 2004
Engine
Capacity 3,596cc
Bore & stroke 100mm x 76.4mm
Maximum power 390bhp @ 7,400rpm
Maximum torque 380Nm @ 5,000rpm
Compression ratio 11.3:1
Engine modifications Cup exhaust, titanium connecting rods, rev limit increased to 8,200rpm Transmission Low ratio with LSD
Suspension
Front MacPherson strut/ damper
Rear Multi-link; Unibal body mounts; adjustable dampers and adjustable castor/camber angle; and adjustable antiroll bars
Wheels & tyres
Front 8.5×18-inch; 245/40/R18
Rear 11×18-inch; 295/50/R18
Dimensions
Length 4,430mm Width 1,760mm Wheelbase 2,350mm Weight 1,300kg
Performance
0-62mph 4.4 secs
Top speed 154mph

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