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Catching sight of Bigfoot is rare, having a close encounter with an alien is rarer still, but a Porsche recall has to be the rarest thing ever.
Yes, this usually bullet-proof manufacturer with a unrivaled reputation for building fast and reliable cars, has just issued a recall for 1702 examples of their 911-model. The defective part is the wheel hub for models fitted with the central locking wheel device.
This system, as used in Porsche racing cars, is intended to reduce rotating mass, while also allowing for quicker tire changes. However, 911 Turbo, Turbo S, GT2, GT3 and GT3 RS models built between May 2009 and September 2010 can be affected by a defected hub which would wear prematurely and that could lead to a crash. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) had notified Porsche of the potential problem, and now Porsche will fix all these cars with a new, improved part.
“A racecar for the street” is one of auto journalism’s most wretched cliches, but the moniker might be fit for one car in the world; the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.
The most hardcore 911 features things like ceramic brakes, one piece bucket seats, adjustable aerodynamics and a rollcage, making it suitable for racing right off the showroom floor. Porsche decided to enter a GT3 RS into the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, and ended up starting 42nd and finishing a very respectable 13th. The car was driven to and from the track under its own power, and competed with its license plates still on the car, the only car in the entire field to do so.
Porsche also had the benefit of having hot shoes like British auto journalist Chris Harris and pro drivers Patrick Simon and Horst von Saurma to help bring the 911 home, not to mention better than average fuel economy (the car could go 11 laps before needing a refuel, a significant distance compared to its rivals) meant that the GT3 RS was able to overcome the odds and show that Porsche’s baddest street car really is an everyday racer.
GALLERY: Porsche GT3 RS Nurburgring 30 Hour
Porsche‘s 911 GT2 is a treacherous car to drive. The print advertisement slogan for the car, “Respect Required,” is definitely not just a bit of marketing fluff. But for those who need more power and less comfort, Porsche will soon be debuting the 911 GT2 RS, a stripped down, hardcore version of the already stripped down, hardcore GT2.
Packing 620 horsepower, with 200 pounds of weight shed, the GT2 RS is rumored to carry a price tag of 240,000 euros, and come with real race goodies like a rollcage and a fully adjustable suspension. Until yesterday, only a grainy cellphone shot existed, but now, a couple of better resolution pictures have leaked out, one of them showing a very loud red interior. Check it out after the jump.