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GT3 Race Car Wiki & Spotter Guide

The modern Grand Touring class of racing is currently by far my favorite form of Motorsport. It’s true when it came to selecting what race events I wanted to volunteer in the past and it’s true now when it comes to what diecast models I choose to add to my collection.

What are GT race cars, and specifically the very best of them – the GT3 cars?

Here’s the list below, borrowing heavily from the FIA GT3 Wikipedia page (and Motorsport.com) with real photo examples:

The list includes GTE cars which are Factory Motorsport efforts that are either heavily modified GT3 cars or GT3-prototypes later released for Customer Motorsport efforts as GT3 cars. These are the top-Pro GT teams that compete in WEC and IMSA.

Acura / Honda

Acura NSX GT3 aka Honda NSX GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-047 / Racing since 2017-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Ascari

Ascari KZ1-R GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-006 / Racing since 2005-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Aston Martin

Aston Martin Vantage GTE
Racing since 2018-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-032 / Racing since 2013-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Aston Martin DBRS9
FIA Homologation # GT3-003 / Racing since 2006-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Audi

Audi R8 LMS (2nd Generation)
FIA Homologation # GT3-038 / Racing since 2013-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Audi R8 LMS (1st Generation)
FIA Homologation # GT3-017 / Racing since 2009-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Bentley

Bentley Continental GT3 (2nd Generation)
FIA Homologation # GT3-049 / Racing since 2018-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Bentley Continental GT3 (1st Generation)
FIA Homologation # GT3-035 / Racing since 2013-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

BMW

BMW M8 GTE
Racing since 2018-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
BMW M6 GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-043 / Racing since 2016-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
BMW Z4 GTE
Racing since 2012-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
BMW Z4 GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-023 / Racing since 2010-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
BMW Alpina B6 GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-018 / Racing since 2009-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Cadillac

Cadillac ATS-V.R
FIA Homologation # GT3-039 / Racing since 2015-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Camaro

Camaro GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-033 / Racing since 2013-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Corvette

Corvette C7.R
Racing since 2014-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R
FIA Homologation # GT3-045 / Racing since 2016-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Callaway Corvette Z06.R GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-026 / Racing since 2008-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Corvette C6.R GT1, GT2 and Corvette Z06.R GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-005 / Racing since 2005-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Ferrari

Ferrari 488 GTE
Racing since 2016-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Ferrari 488 GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-044 / Racing since 2016-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Ferrari 458 GTE aka Ferrari 458 Italia GT2
Racing since 2011-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Ferrari F458 Italia GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-029 / Racing since 2011-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Ferrari F430 GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-009 / Racing since 2006-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Ford

Ford GT3
Racing since 2016-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Ford GT GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-011 and GT3-016 / Racing since 2007-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Ford Mustang FR500GT GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-010 / Racing since 2007-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Jaguar

Emil Frey Jaguar G3
RACB Homologation # G3-105 / Racing since 2012-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Jaguar XKR-S GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-021 / Racing since 2009-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Jaguar XKR GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-012 / Racing since 2007-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Lamborghini

Lamborghini Huracan GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-040 / Racing since 2015-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Lamborghini Gallardo LP600 GT3 and Gallardo FL2 GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-024 / Racing since 2011-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Lamborghini Gallardo LP520 GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-004 / Racing since 2007-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Lexus

Lexus RC F GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-046 / Racing since 2017-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Maserati

Maserati GranTurismo MC
FIA Homologation # GT3-034 / Racing since 2009-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-AMG GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-042 / Racing since 2016-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-028 / Racing since 2011-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

McLaren

McLaren 720S GT3
FIA Homologation pending / Racing since 2019-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
McLaren 650S GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-037 / Racing since 2015-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
McLaren MP4-12C GT3
FIA Homologation # GT3-031 / Racing since 2012-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Nissan

Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3 (2nd Generation)
FIA Homologation # GT3-048 / Racing since 2019-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3 (1st Generation)
FIA Homologation # GT3-030 / Racing since 2012-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Renault

Renault Sport RS 0.1.
FFSA Homologation / Racing since 2016-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Porsche

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (991 Generation LM GTE)
Racing since 2017-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Porsche 911 GT3 R (991 Generation)
FIA Homologation #GT3-041 / Racing since 2016-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

Viper

Viper GT3-R
FIA Homologation #GT3-036 / Racing since 2013-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com
Viper GTS-R
Racing since 2012-
Photo credit: Motorsport.com

This page is a work in progress… updated frequently!

PS. If you notice a mistake, please let me know.

Post Card from the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway

Did not think I’d go back to Daytona, until I saw all the entries for the 2017 IMSA season… wow! The new DPi programs are in full effect. There are several GTE and GT3 machines with new manufacturers. I had to be here. Not once but twice… Not just for the 24 hour race at the end of January… but the Roar before the 24 in the beginning of the month.

Here are some pix from Turn 4, working with my good friend John Gamble:

Pretty impressive line up in the GT field:

  • Aston Martin Vantage (GTD)
  • Acura NSX (GTD)
  • BMW M6 (GTLM & GTD)
  • Corvette C7.R (GTLM)
  • Ferrari 488 (GTLM & GTD)
  • Ford GT (GTLM)
  • Lamborghini Huracan GT3 (GTD)
  • Lexus IS-F (GTD)
  • Mercedes-AMG SLS (GTD)
  • Porsche 911 GT3 R (GTD)
  • Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (GTLM)

The prototype field is also expanded with new Cadillac DPi replacing the familiar Corvette Daytona Prototypes. Mazda has a new skin, but a very similar engine sound to the old Lola. Lots of Orecas, a few Ligier Nissans, etc.

In the Continental Tire support group the McLaren GT4 is really balancing out the Porsche Cayman GT4 dominance.

More pix from the pit walk:

And some shots from Station 4:

And a delicious pizza dinner with the Gambles Friday night:

Looking forward to the rest of the weekend even if Saturday is supposed to be very wet…. more to come!

Postcard from the Grand Prix of Texas: PWC at COTA

Howdy from another fantastic weekend trackside.

What an amazing experience the Grand Prix of Texas, or officially Nissan Grand Prix of Texas presented by VP Race Fuels, was… I had such a blast it’s hard to describe quickly… I’ll do a more comprehensive debrief when I get home to Jersey, but for the time being I’d like to share a few pictures from the event.

Keyword for the event: VARIETY!

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#MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain 😉

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Some awesome looking MX-5 Racecars that raced in two classes, TCA – the standard MX-5 Cup Cars and the upper TC class that ran big wings and 2.5L engines which were on par with much larger Mustang V6’s and Nissan Z…whatever has the 6 cylinder in it…

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And of course the food was absolutely amazing, as always! Barbecue + Mexican + Tex-Mex, it was sooooo delicious!

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As usual big thanks to my buddy Joaquin for hosting me for this week, and chauffeuring me around to the track and all the restaurants. Big thanks to Brent McNaul the Flag Chief of the Lone Star SCCA Region for making my trip awesome with amazing station assignments each day… I got to do Turn 3 for the first time, Turn 1 and Turn 9… and all saw some great action there. Thank you so much! And a huge thanks to Jeanie Caulfield for taking care of the marshals with all the breakfasts, lunches and swag at the end. This is much appreciated and encouraging to come back again and again!

I’m very grateful for how everything went down during this event.

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Turn 3

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Turn 1

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Turn 9

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Yep… Have Flags and Will Travel!