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Old 11-07-2011, 04:02 AM
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Latest Porsche GT racer and final 935 produced ...

While awaiting the homologation of the new generation 911s, Porsches have given the current '997' one last development cycle for the 2012 season. Unlike previous evolutions, which were very subtle, it does not take an expert to spot the differences on the 2012 997 GT3 RSR. The car has been fitted with a markedly wider body-kit, which is especially prominent at the rear and harks back at the company's wildest machines like the 935. The additional bodywork on the sides of the car have allowed the engine-intakes to be moved from the rear deck to the sides with openings usually only seen on the turbocharged variants of the 911. As a result the output of the four-litre flat-six engine has been increased to 460 bhp. Porsche's latest racer will be eligible for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The order books are open now and a new 997 GT3 RSR Evo '12 can be yours for two-grand short of a half a million Euro.
Porsche's launch of what we presume is the last ever 997 GT3 RSR prompted us to take a closer look at the final 935 produced by the German manufacturer. By the time the '935/80' was built, Porsche had already officially ceased production but they did continue to supply spares to their best customers. Among them was Georg Loos, who needed a new car for the 1980 DRM series for his Gelo team. Raced by Bob Wollek that year, the 935/80 was unique as it combined the shape of the 935 'Baby' with the full-size six cylinder engine. After a considerably successful season, the one-off machine was sold to Australia where it dominated the 1983 Australian GT Championship in the hands of none other than Alan Jones. The car has since returned to Germany and has been given some outings in historic events. In our 12-shot gallery, the 935/80 is seen during the 2010 Le Mans Classic and the 2011 Dix Mille Tours.

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2012 Porsche 997 GT3 RSR Evo '12 - Images, Specifications and Information

1980 Porsche 935/80 - Images, Specifications and Information
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