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The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most successful race car the German automaker has ever offered. Porsche has sold 2,200 GT3 Cup units and is the most popular choice amongst racing teams all over the world.The GT3 Cup currently competes in 19 Porsche brand trophy series worldwide and runs in various GT race series and at long distance events. The GT3 Cup is based on the lighweight 997 911 GT3 RS sports car and features a 100-liter FT3 safety fuel tank.
The tank is now suitable for an even wider range of endurance races thanks to the increased capacity. Power levels remain almost identical to that of the GT3 RS with 450-hp and a racing exhaust system. Different rims are available to suit several different types of racing and blade-type anti-roll bars are standard at the front and rear of the car with seven adjustable positions.
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are also featured on the 911 Cup, that reduce the weight of the car by approximately 20 kilograms. Inside the cockpit, the controls for the info display are positioned on the steering wheel which contains six switches.
The GT3 Cup will be delivered to racing teams in September for 2012 and 2013 racing seasons, and will cost 161,750 Euros ($230,235).
Face lifting and refreshing an older chassis is nothing new to automobile customization. Hot Rodders have been doing it, sport compact tuners are all over it and even European classics are often restored to immaculate conditions for show purposes. None of this is new, but the story behind this Porsche 996 is a tad more interesting – mostly due to its starting price, the process and the end result.
Jordan Paul from Paul Motor Company saw an opportunity where others saw a depreciated hunk of metal. OK so a Porsche 996 C4 isn’t quite a hunk of metal, but with a price tag of $15,000, Paul just couldn’t pass it up. The original article states that it was in “excellent condition” when it was purchased, but we’re a little skeptical at that price tag. Nonetheless, Paul took the 996 C4 and decided to convert it to a TechArt-equipped 997 GT2 look-a-like.
From bumper to bumper, the 996 was stripped and revamped to incorporate every piece to make it look like a 997 GT2. The vehicle was widened with 997 standard pieces including the turbo vents in the rear quarter panels and rear bumper. The front bumper is from TechArt while the wheels are from famed Porsche tuner, RUF. Obviously the front the headlights were converted to match the newer-generation styling with the aggressive and unmistakable TechArt front bumper.
Overall the project is well executed and the idea is interesting. We have no idea what the final price tag was, but we’re sure it wasn’t too cheap. But cheaper than a 997 GT2 from the factory? Surely. Do you get the same thrill in driving it? Probably not. At the end of the day though, it’s not a horrible way to start with a $15,000 project and refreshing it to something that looks current and brand new. Let’s just hope it doesn’t sell for $150,000 to an unsuspecting victim thinking they’re getting the real deal.
GALLERY: $15,000 Porsche 996 to 997 GT2 Conversion