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Driving the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup front

The road-going version recently led to the early demise of Ryan Dunn, best known for his role on Jackass. Alcohol is no doubt a part of that story but one often-unmentioned aspect is the extreme nature of even the non-track 911 GT3. It’s a race-ready 435-hp rear-wheel-drive beast with a miniscule curb weight of 3,200 pounds. Drunk or not, going 130 mph in a car that can easily bite back is best suited for the track.

This is where the Porsche Sport Driving School at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, comes into play. It offers everything from one-day beginner-level "Precision" classes to three-day "Masters Plus" programs to better acquaint owners, both new and old alike, to their powerful rides. The most advanced course is the GT3 Cup Experience.

Michael Harley of Autoblog recently signed up for the two-day $10,000 GT3 Cup Experience to…well…experience the new 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. As he noted, “While that's hardly chump change, the cost includes track time with the 911 Turbo, GT3 street car, and GT3 Cup racecar—an immensely impressive trio with a combined worth of about half-a-million dollars.”

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup interior

The GT3 Cup is actually based off the GT3 RS road car. The two share a 450-hp 3.8-liter engine but the Cup car has nearly 400 less pounds to move. The engine is connected to a race-bred six-speed sequential gearbox that requires a small pull of the tall gearbox lever for upshifts but doesn’t require the driver to press the clutch or even lift off the throttle. A height-adjustable suspension with dual coil springs and Sachs gas-pressure fixed-position dampers sit at all four corners. The brakes are made up of 15-inch rotors clamped by six-piston calipers at the front and 14-inch rotors clamped by four pistons at the rear. Massive slicks dwell under the flared fenders, especially the rear, which features a 1.73-inch wider body compared to the previous GT3 Cup car.

So what’s it like to drive? Follow the link to find out.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup rear

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Posted by: Benjamin Greene
Posted on: 6/22/2011 at 2:12 PM
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