Andreas Preuninger is the boss of Porsche’s GT automobile division, answerable for stripping weight and making use of wings (and stickers) to 911s for over 20 years. No one is aware of extra about hardcore rear-engined sports activities vehicles than Preuninger. Except perhaps Mr Chris Harris. Before the brand new 911 GT3 was revealed, Harris took a visit to Germany to see each technology of Porsche 911 GT… Andreas Preuninger: Chris, welcome to our Noah’s Ark. One of every form of GT-series Porsche 911 ever. Chris Harris: You know regular folks dream of both lovely girls or lovely males? I dream of a room filled with Porsche GT3s. Where will we begin? AP: Without me, really. The gen-two 996 was the primary GT3 I labored on. I missed the very first version. CH: So, since you didn’t develop the unique, I can say a few issues, OK? I keep in mind coming to Weissach, amassing the primary GT3 ever to go to the UK, in July 1999. It was very cool, however it wasn’t excellent. We took it to a observe – it wasn’t as fast as I anticipated and it ran out of brakes. The gen two you developed claimed one other 20bhp horsepower, however it felt prefer it had 50 extra to me and the brakes labored. Your magic had begun… How did that evolve into the primary GT3 RS? AP: That was my dream challenge as a result of I all the time had a Carrera RS 2.7 poster above my mattress after I was 10 years outdated. It occurred as a result of we would have liked to homologate new wheel carriers for the 996 RS racecar, however I needed to pay tribute to the two.7 RS. So we added a carbon bonnet, and what was, for the time, an enormous wing. CH: It seems tiny now. AP: Did you realize this was the primary Porsche avenue automobile ever upholstered with Alcantara? Just on the steering wheel, gear shifter and the door deal with. It was the primary time we had a polycarbonate window. CH: That’s nerdy. The steering on this automobile is unimaginable, isn’t it? It’s completely alive. AP: BMW had simply executed the M3 CSL, which I beloved: it was a very good competitor. We had Pirellis, that they had the Michelins and that influences the steering really feel a lot. CH: Right, to the 997. This automobile will get a bit forgotten, as a result of everybody needs the gen two, however really this engine is spectacular, isn’t it? AP: It was a really particular automobile, very profitable, it had Michelin ultra-high efficiency tyres for the primary time. We supplied it with ceramic brakes and solely a guide gearbox. That’s all of the sports activities automobile you ever want. CH: How many instances did you exit in these items to remind your self of the DNA of what you’re making? AP: I feel it’s essential to the touch base with the outdated vehicles, to reset the inner button as a result of within the reminiscence, you are likely to glorify the previous and overlook the brand new. My entire staff drives these vehicles to be sure that the brand new automobile will match its line of ancestors accurately, so the GT3 values, virtues and DNA stay. BMW had simply executed the M3 CSL, which I beloved: it was a very good competitor CH: Aha, the 997 gen two. I in all probability did extra miles in these than some other GT3. This for me felt like your GT division had actually established itself. Everyone needed one. AP: Because we knew we’d promote sufficient vehicles to pay again our funding, we went to city. New brakes, centre-lock wheels, a 3.8-litre engine, totally different cams, extra revs, extra horsepower. CH: You as soon as informed me a couple of new coating on these grilles that allowed extra air movement by. I keep in mind pondering, “Come on, actually?” But you had been adamant. And the those that purchase these vehicles care concerning the particulars. AP: We like to focus on particulars as a result of the sum of the little issues make the entire extra fascinating. CH: Poetic. Now, over right here is the one that everybody nonetheless talks about: the GT3 RS 4.0. I keep in mind you having an ashen face explaining how a lot it prices to make a wider indicator repeater to suit the flared arches. How a lot was that piece of plastic once more? AP: I feel it was €250,000 earlier than we even made one half. These had been our first carbon bumpers. Inside, the automobile’s stripped. The entire package deal remains to be in some regards benchmarked for at this time’s vehicles. I’ve pushed this so much due to the brand new GT3. CH: Which is correct there below that cowl. Can I…? AP: It’s too early to point out it off. You should be pleased with taking a look at it with a veil on high, like a bride. CH: You flew me out to Germany to not see a automobile. You positive you’re not Ferrari? Right, let’s take a look on the 991 GT3. I appear to recollect the primary time I drove this was in Barcelona. It rapidly grew to become clear that the Spanish police weren’t more than happy with us being there. AP: They had been chasing us with helicopters, Chris. CH: That’s proper. It was like a foul episode of The A-Team, and so they landed a helicopter on the street and so they simply stated, “You have to go now”. AP: We had been involved about that digicam standing on the roadside with all that footage of us drifting there. CH: I put the SD playing cards in my sock. Anyway, the automobile. This was your most controversial step. Rear steering, electrical energy steering, and it was PDK solely. All the web boards caught hearth. AP: The phrase I hooked up to this automobile was ‘shut up and simply drive it’. CH: So, what you’ve bought is a load of journalists like me saying, “Oh, it’s not bought a guide gearbox”. What do you do in response? AP: The 911R. I’ve to be sincere, the 991 GT3 was such an enormous challenge we needed to maintain the guide gearbox for later, and introduce it on the 911R. A star was born and we had the gearbox on the shelf for the next-gen GT3. CH: I do know I’m an outdated man, however I simply love them with out a wing, and a houndstooth inside. I’m not going to face right here for too lengthy as a result of I would get wobbly knees. Can we take the duvet off the brand new one now? AP: I informed you, I’m not allowed to do it. If I lose my job, I can’t construct any extra of those vehicles. It’s like a automobile James Bond would drive if there weren’t any Aston Martins within the world CH: I’d have to enter hiding. Ooof, I’ve simply seen a 991 GT3 RS. AP: This was a sport changer in terms of observe means. We by no means had such an excessive automobile. We had class main downforce. There had been different corporations claiming their vehicles generated as a lot, so we put them within the wind tunnel. It was not even shut. Our RS actually makes 350kg of downforce at high pace. CH: I’m going to disregard the GT3 RS gen two for a minute due to what’s subsequent to it: the GT2 RS. From which bizarre a part of your mind did this 700 horsepower monster come? AP: I needed an engine that appeared like a Nineties 911 Turbo with out the lag. If I might maintain simply three vehicles I’ve helped make, the GT2 RS would all the time be one in all them. The record modifications with the temper I’m in, however there’s all the time a GT2 RS. CH: Now speak me round some particulars on this this 992 GT3. The energy step isn’t large during the last automobile, however 500’s sufficient on the street, isn’t it? AP: A automobile that measurement and that weight with 500 horsepower is sufficient to put you in jail in minutes. We targeting drivability and confidence. The automobile is so much faster on the ’Ring, in order that pays off regardless of having solely a ten horsepower improve. CH: The noise is nice. I used to be fearing that with the brand new regs it was going to sound a bit uninteresting inside. It actually doesn’t. AP: It sounds perhaps somewhat mature, somewhat extra mature, however inside it’s even louder than the outdated one. But it’s not solely concerning the engine. For the primary time we now have a double wishbone entrance axle, completely new for a 911. CH: There’s a complete load of Porsche racing drivers on the market in the intervening time going “thank God, we’ve been ready for that for 20 years”. AP: It actually helps the automobile. The automobile has bought somewhat bit greater however it has benefits. It has wider tracks, model new entrance suspension, and it’s tons higher on observe now. CH: So, 992 GT3 is obtainable with a guide and a PDK? AP: You have each choices as a result of I’m sick of telling folks what’s the proper mixture. CH: Will there be a Touring? AP: A bit later after we put this in the marketplace, sure. You might go to the opera with that. It’s like a automobile James Bond would drive if there weren’t any Aston Martins within the world. CH: How cool would that be? James Bond driving a GT3 Touring. Now we’re speaking. Will there be a convertible? AP: Nope. CH: Will there be a diesel? AP: Pffft. Yes, Chris. CH: Will there be an electrical one? AP: Oh, completely. CH: Joking aside, seeing all these collectively makes me really feel a bit outdated. AP: You really feel outdated? That orange 997 GT3 RS is the very automobile I introduced my son dwelling from hospital in when he was born. CH: It’s a tremendous legacy and it’s taken a couple of years, however it’s 20 years of excellent gear now, isn’t it? AP: And but, we nonetheless have some concepts for what’s subsequent to come… Check out the model new Porsche 911 GT3 proper this fashion. Want to know Harris’s high 5 GT Porsches? Pick up a duplicate of Top Gear journal at this time