The racing in GT3 in Project CARS 2 heats up as Porsche’s 500hp GT3 911 monster comes to the franchise…

GT3 racing is where the action is nowadays in sportscar racing, and that action begins way before the GT3 racers from dozens of the world’s most iconic brands hit the race tracks on four continents; the action starts in the showroom.

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​Porsche comes to GT3 racing with brand recognition like no other; sportscar racing runs pure in the brand’s blood, has done for half a century with wins at every major endurance race and championship going all the way back to the 1960s. If Ferrari, as Bernie Ecclestone says, is Formula One, then Porsche is sportscar racing.

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The Project CARS 2-bound 2016 spec’ 911 GT3 R is the third generation of the Porsche GT3s, and is built to honor the same tradition that has been the spiritual guide to Porsche since its earliest days—creating cars that are largely based around their road-going brothers. Porsche takes this symbiotic relationship seriously—it’s a model that has brought them much success, particularly with their 911 brand.

The 2016 GT3 Porsche that is coming to Project CARS 2, then, is based on the new 911 production models, and that means the creamy, high-revving 4-litre flat-6 comes with all its 500hp intact and without a sniff of turbocharging. The race engine, though, has been significantly tuned to offer better drivability as well as fatter torque all the way through the rev-range that ends somewhere north of 9,000 ear-splitting RPM. Rear-wheel drive to match GT3 regulations, and a six-speed sequential—paddle-shifter—come with it, as does Porsche’s top-of-the-range anti-lock brakes and traction control. The brakes have been reworked from the road-going 911 with endurance racing firmly in mind. This means there are two separate brake circuits rear and front, and they’re adjustable by the driver from the cockpit.

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The weight distribution has also been modified from the previous GT3 R, this achieved through lightening the chassis and lowering the centre of gravity. The weight was brought down through a combination of carbon fibre composites for the front cover, the roof, the fairings, wheel arches, doors and even the tail section, while the windows, including the windscreen, are polycarbonate.

The rear-wing, meanwhile, comes in iconic Porsche largesse—6.5 feet (2 solid big metres) wide and 40cm deep of carbon fiber reinforced plastic goodness.

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The price is just under $500,000, making it one of the more expensive GT3s. But then, you’re getting a Porsche. You’re also getting 0-100kmh in about two-something seconds and a top speed of 180mph.

A tradition of winning based on a road-going 911—it doesn’t get a lot more Porsche than that. In Project CARS 2, you will also get to race its road-going brother, the 911 GT3 RS.

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For around $170,000 you get 0-100 in 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198mph (320kmh), a 4-litre flat-6 that peaks at an absolutely awe-inspiring 9,000RPM and pushes out just north of 500hp. For a lot less, you get the same in Project CARS 2.

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Need more for your road-going adventures?

The RS lapped the ’Ring in a 7m20. That’s an impressive time, but many will point to the legion of mechanics and setup tinkering as a reason for the pace. All of it true—but then, owners of the RS are able to do the same with easily adjustable suspension along with camber and caster and even anti-roll bars fore and aft. It also comes with the widest tyres ever for a Porsche, which is useful since the RS also features rear-wheel steering.

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Oh, and you also get a bubble in the roof for driver and passenger. That’s so your helmet will fit in the cockpit when you get out and try and beat the factory time of 7m.20 at the ’Ring. Or you ego, when you accomplish the same!

Will you be quick enough to beat that 7m.20? You’ll soon find out as you take it out in Project CARS 2. Wait for a sunny day, and listen to what 9,000RPM of 4-litre violence sounds like through the green valleys of hell. You may end up taking a little longer with that hotlap as you listen to what that sounds like …

The Porsche 911 GT3 R and 911 GT3 RS will come with Project CARS 2, released in late 2017 for the PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, and PC.

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