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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 Grand Prix of Lime Rock, Pirelli World Challenge Weekend Minus Formula 4

Today went by in a flash… I was fortunate enough to work my first Pro-weekend as a backup starter at Lime Rock Park for the Pirelli World Challenge event dubbed the Grand Prix of Lime Rock.

I didn’t even think it’d be possible, but sure enough Andy Smith the flag chief for this weekend granted my wishes to work closer to the paddock so I could sneak out for lunch to take some pictures of the cars without having to choose between doing that and eating lunch. It doesn’t get better than working start. From my previous experience at the Glen I figured there would be a team of Starters and I would have a very small role to play monitoring the radio while the “pro’s” do the work. I was wrong. It was me and only one other person: the official PWC Starter… a guy from California that does many of the official starts for PWC travelling around the country with the series. That was pretty cool… I didn’t expect it at all. Besides working comms on the backup net, the official starter had me put out the white flag for any vehicle leaving pit lane during the practice sessions. The reasoning being that cars flying at speed would know about a slower car entering Turn 1. For the races the starter handed me the while flag to wave on the final lap just before he threw the checker. That was really neat too. I got to call every Green flag that was thrown as well, first and last cars to take the checkered, and a variety of incidents along the front straight… so for someone who was going to just monitor the flagger net and relay messages to the official starter, I sure did have a lot of exciting work… I loved it!

Being on start also gave me the opportunity to wander the paddock before the event and during lunch… below I will share some photos:

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At the end of the day we got a good worker feed… nice warm food:

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A nice Lime Rock Park sweatshirt, although not suitable for today’s 90F weather, but very nice nonetheless:

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And I got to check out a whole lot of Mazda’s everywhere:

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It was such a brilliant experience I cannot wait to get back to the track tomorrow and do this all over again! So much Fun!

PS. This weekend was supposed to feature the US debut of FIA Formula 4 sanctioned by the SCCA Pro and to be raced around the US. Unfortunately that race series got bumped to another weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park and in their place we got all the amazing TC and TCA class Miata’s…. I felt really happy with that!

Grid Walk at Spa 24h

One of the coolest things I did at Spa 24 hour was the grid walk. The experience allowed me to take a shit ton of pictures of cars up close which meant I didn’t bother trying to use the phone at any other time which has historically gotten me in a lot of trouble for sneaking a shot here and there.

I had such a blast and took so many shots I would love to share them here for everyone else to enjoy. The weather was a bit soggy which was great because all the cars came out in perfect focus with no shadows. And there’s something inherently beautiful about cars that have good contrast against the background. So here we go:

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Does anyone know what an Australian Holden Special Vehicle (HSV) sticker is doing on a British entered Nissan Nismo GT-R? GodZiller…

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Huge thanks to my Belgian friend Pol for all the awesome photos!

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Two huge thumbs up for the SRO, the Spa 24h organizers and Spa-Francorchamps circuit for allowing marshals like me to have fun!

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Driver Parade to the center of Spa, Belgium

Most race tracks out there want racing fans to come to the circuit to check out the beautiful machinery racing there. Not Spa 24h. At 4pm on the Wednesday leading up to the big endurance race a number of race cars leave Spa-Francorchamps under their own steam to drive a few kilometers to the center of Spa along roads lined with spectators taking pictures and admiring the incredible GT3 machinery. Instead of having people come to the track, Spa 24h organizers bring the cars to the people and the city center gets pretty crowded as a result.

I was one of the spectators in the center of Spa eagerly awaiting the arrival of the race cars. My friend Pol and I had just arrived from Flanders and this was going to be the first glimpse of the race cars I’d get for this event. Spa was abuzz with excited people like me. We sat down at one of the outdoor bars for an ice cold Kriek beer surrounded by race fans, members of the crew from various teams, and even drivers. It became obvious we were surrounded by drivers when a fan with a thick stack of pictures of race cars started walking around asking for autographs from young kids wearing team t-shirts.

I asked Pol to snap a few shots of me with the famous background, and then the cars rolled in, parked and the huge crowd of people quickly started swarming them with their cameras clicking away.

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Big thumbs up to the SRO, the RACB and Spa for doing this parade!

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Lone Star Le Mans Media

It’s one thing to roam around the paddock awkwardly trying to get a selfie right and another to have someone kindly capture some spectacular memories for you with a fancy DSLR. I got lucky on Wednesday afternoon, just a day before Lone Star Le Mans officially hit the track at the Circuit of the Americas when James from Hawai’i kindly took a ton of great photos for me. Enjoy:

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We even managed to capture the whole of Porsche’s line-up taking a group shot on the main straight. How often does something like that happen? Certainly not too many times in my short volunteering career.

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So thank you again James! Mahalo & Aloha 🙂 See you next time…

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