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CHAMPION PEDIGREE: The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Provides the Ultimate Road or Track Experience

Written by independent automotive journalist Steve Statham


Professional racing drivers know how to pick a sports car for their personal entertainment ‒ especially sports cars that straddle the line between weekend canyon-carvers and full-tilt race cars. Case in point: this 2019 Porsche 911 GT2 RS offered with No Reserve at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, January 20-28. It was previously owned by 2003 Champ Car World Series champion Paul Tracy. In more recent years IndyCar fans know Tracy from his TV commentary role, but long before his broadcast booth days, he was racking up wins at major races such as the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Road America and Surfer’s Paradise in Australia.

Obviously, the man knows his way around road courses and street circuits, so it’s only natural he would be drawn to what was the most powerful street-legal 911 Porsche had ever built up to that time. Porsche engineers elevated the 911 platform with both more power and reduced weight for the 911 GT2 RS, with spectacular results. Porsche immediately set out to prove the car’s mettle and set a lap record for a road-approved production sports car at the Nürburgring in Germany. “This result makes it official: The GT2 RS is not only the most powerful, but also the fastest 911 ever built,” said Frank-Steffen Walliser, then Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars at Porsche, following the record-breaking feat.

The GT2 RS delivers a visceral driving experience thanks to a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-6, rated from the factory at 700 hp and 553 ft/lbs of torque. The extra output over other 911 models comes via larger turbos pushing more air into the engine. “A new additional cooling system delivers optimum cooling at peak loads and, at very high temperatures, sprays the charge-air cooler with water,” Porsche explained in the car’s press release at launch. Porsche rated the GT2 RS’s top speed at 211 mph.

The flat-6 is teamed with a Porsche PDK 7-speed shiftable dual-clutch automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential. Modifications to the powertrain on the car offered at Scottsdale include a Vivid Racing tune and a custom exhaust.

This GT2 RS is finished in Chalk White paint with Satin Black painted wheels. The towering rear wing is the dominant exterior feature, but the more subtle air intakes and outlets play key aerodynamic roles as well. This example features the Weissach Package, which added magnesium wheels, carbon-fiber anti-roll bars and exposed carbon-fiber components that add up to 66 pounds of weight savings on an already light car.

The interior is a hospitable environment for spirited driving, featuring black leather and Alcantara surfaces with platinum gray stitching, heated 18-way seats and a Bose sound system. Detailing includes illuminated carbon-fiber door sills, Alcantara sun visors and an Alcantara storage compartment lid with “PORSCHE” text. A white-dialed sport chrono stopwatch on the dashboard has Lap Trigger functionality via the Porsche Track Precision mobile application. For peace of mind, an aftermarket radar detector has been installed that offers 360-degree detection capabilities and laser-jamming functionality.

It doesn’t require a championship racing pedigree to recognize the amazing capabilities of this car – but the winning bidder may just feel like hoisting a trophy when the hammer falls on this impressive Porsche in Scottsdale. Register to bid today.

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Title: CHAMPION PEDIGREE: The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Provides the Ultimate Road or Track Experience
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Final Encore—Bizzarrini P538

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Photo: Casey AnnisThe 1950s and 1960s were a time of rapid change in both the road and racecar world. Technology was advancing quickly and with this advancement, it became increasingly harder and harder for a lone individual—either engineer or visionary—to be solely responsible for a complete automobile. Yet, some amazing vehicles were given birth during this time by some of the last of these automotive prodigies. One such automotive savant was Italian Giotto Bizzarrini. A tenacious and talented engineer and development driver, Bizzarrini either created or played a major role in some of the most iconic cars of the 1960s, including several built under his own name. Any true understanding of Bizzarrini’s cars, however, first requires an understanding of the man, as the two are virtually inseparable.

The author unleashes a healthy dose of the “Anniversario” Bizzarrini’s prodigious horsepower.
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Born Survivor

Giotto Bizzarrini was born in June 6, 1926, in Quercianella, near Livorno, Italy. Born into a long line of engineers, it is perhaps not surprising that Bizzarrini would gravitate toward things mechanical. However, his early childhood years were more dominated by soccer and hunting, at least until World War II intervened. When the war broke out, Giotto’s father took up arms against the Germans, leaving young Giotto behind to fend for his family. During the war years, times were tough and much of what the Bizzarrini family had to eat ended up coming from Giotto’s hunting prowess. Bizzarrini would look back on these years of deprivation and state, “That period really influenced me for the rest of my life. It made me into a survivor, somewhat of a maverick.”

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Saturday special: An elegant three-wheeler with a Mazda engine

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Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Although Bike EXIF is dedicated to art on two wheels, our automotive interests are wide-ranging. Our publisher has an enviable car collection, our workshop editor, Dean, is a vintage snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Super 3 ever since I test-drove it at the Malle Mile. So today we’re bending the rules, and bringing you a stunning three-wheeler that’s only really thirty percent motorcycle.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and vintage bike enthusiast, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a major crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—but they’re expensive and hard to come by in Indonesia. Luckily, he knows his way around a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

The V-twin powerplant bolted to the front of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorcycle engine though. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a hit in Indonesia in the 1960s. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the perfect size for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

Once the Mazda B600 had been torn down to just its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the frame and installed a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorcycle wheels do duty up front, modified with cast aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

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Ferrari Challenge UK commences

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The 2024 Ferrari UK Challenge race series commences its sixth season this weekend at iconic English racing circuit Brands Hatch. Ferrari North Europe has confirmed another packed grid of experienced and new drivers in both the Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell classes.

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The 2024 season welcomes the return of numerous racing favorites, including Andrew Morrow, who readies himself for a step up to the EU Challenge in 2024, and Tom Fleming, the EU Challenge rookie who went on to win the World Championship at Finali Mondiali in Mugello last October. With both drivers showing great talent, the stage is set for a hotly contested season opener.

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Several exciting newcomers also make their debut in the series this year, hoping to seize the initiative and pilot their Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo race cars to victory in the final solus year for the 488 model, before the introduction of the new 296 Challenge in 2025.

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