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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.

PWC Season Finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca the debrief

What an amazing way to end my racing season!

I don’t know if things could have gone any more perfectly than they did, but I’m certainly grateful for the awesome outcome. My station assignment was fantastic. I got to sneak in the day before the event to take lots of pictures which I wanted to do. The weather was picture perfect. We had plenty of incidents to keep us busy over the weekend. And I even got a Mazda rental car which I put over 1,000 miles on road triping the central coast of California… how appropriate for dual Mazda-centric events at a place called Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. I am blessed!

As I’ve mentioned before the trip to Cali this time involved two back-to-back events at Laguna Seca. First a massive Miata get together followed by the Pirelli World Challenge season finale which has a huge field of NC Miatas exactly like the car I own (except maybe more racey).

My buddy Ron whom I talked out of booking a hotel during his visit to Watkins Glen and instead convinced him to utilize the RSI campground came through big time by introducing me to some folks (not directly Mazda Miata owners but closely associated nonetheless) who put me up for the full 10 days of my stay. That certainly brought my expenses down and under control… the trip wasn’t cheap though, I paid $129 for the flight out, $159 for the flight home, $196 for the car rental, $120 for fuel, etc. So at the very minimum I dropped $600 bux but it could have been worse. It was totally worth it though.

I had missed the Bay Area and Monterey Peninsula. I missed Laguna Seca so this trip was good for my soul.

The racing was outstanding. We were kept busy. Had some big crashes and spins and cars getting stuck in our gravel. Luckily no one was seriously hurt. The people I worked with were amazing. Super friendly from day one and I really appreciated such warm hospitality.

I was impressed royally with the way the San Francisco Region operates. Including a post I made on facebook that made all the marshals around the world jealous when SFR put on a Steak and Lobster dinner one night for us. What was more impressive was the fact that the dinner was paid for by recyclables. Something so ordinary that any other club in the nation or the world could do themselves, it’s just a matter of implementing the idea.

So after 1,141 miles on my Mazda 5 rental. One trip to San Luis Obispo along the scenic California 1 route along the coast south, and then two trips along California 1 north… first to Half Moon Bay and the other all the way up to San Francisco’s Golden Gate area along the coast. I am really impressed with this experience. There were hiccups along the way to be sure… lick catching a huge nail in the tire on the rental the night before the racing started which got me  a bit worried. But after doing some quick decision making and a $10 purchase at local AutoZone I was all set and secure.

I love this part of California and would love to come back again and again. Hopefully my next trip to Laguna Seca won’t be 3 years away.

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View over the paddock from Turn 2

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SFR folks seem to take great pride in their region, certainly far more than I do with Guam

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And there’s the lobster!

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for those that didn’t want lobster tails there was plenty of chicken

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It was delicious!

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and so were all the lunches

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and other dinners which were served every night

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I brought a whole stash of nibbles for the station… I called this area the mini bar although with all the food provided I hardly relied on mine

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my favorite drink in California!

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I even contributed to the next feast by donating all my empty cans

During the morning meetings we were constantly reminded that 9 out of 10 times we will not respond to incidents. But I was lucky enough to be able to do it… running out on track to pick up a hood that blew off the #37 Mustang in GTS class

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Really happy with that experience, especially on such an iconic track with all it’s elevation changes, high speed corners and lots and lots of dust everywhere which caused some serious incidents

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For the last dinner of the event my bud Ron and I went to the other iconic place in the area, Baja Cantina with all it’s mementos and motorsport memorabilia on the walls, it was righteous!

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After such a great experience for the two weeks spent at Laguna Seca I didn’t want to leave California

I will be back!