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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 PWC, SRO, Global MX-5 Cup & Porsche GT3 Trophy Paddock at Laguna Seca

If the title suggests this was a busy event… you best believe it was! Four days of non stop action… which was a complete and total difference compared to last year where PWC ran it’s season finale alone without any support groups.

What was particularly different this year was the debut of the SRO created Intercontinental GT Challenge stop on American soil. An endurance race that joins the calendar this year along the crown jewel of SRO events: Spa 24 hours. As well as the other two races Stefan Ratel hitched his wagon to: Bathurst 12 hour in Australia  and Sepang 12 hour in Malaysia. The California 8 hour is an event they came up from scratch while the other Intercontinental GT Challenge stops have been established forever… some even before SRO got invovled with them.

To me California 8 hour was the main attraction to come out west and volunteer… But there were other surprises. While the Pirelli World Challenge top group: GT/GTA/GTC and GTS classes already ran their season finale the previous month in Sonoma. The lower classes: TC and TCA/TCB were going to have their finale here at Laguna Seca… and for all those pint size racing cars World Challenge came up with a spiffy title: Grand Prix of Monterey! Wow…

But wait there’s more! Global MX-5 Cup had run their season finale a few weeks ago while playing a support role for the IMSA event at Laguna Seca. But they decided to hold a truly Global MX-5 Cup race inviting some European and Japanese drivers to participate alongside their American counterparts. While the purse for winning the event was big, not that many cars signed up to race. But even with the lack of participation their field was larger than that of the main event, California 8 hour.

The best represented group of the weekend was the Porsche GT3 Cup Trophy Series. I completely confused myself thinking these were the West Coast version of our IMSA GT3 Cup… but I was wrong. While some teams/cars participate in both series, the GT3 Cup Trophy isn’t run by IMSA and is a far different series using a whole variety of cars. There were brand new GT3 911’s… some older versions of the car. And a bunch of GT4 spec Caymans too. Cars were distinguished by their windshield banners and the color of their headlights.

So now that I got all that out of the way, here’s a ton of pix I took while roaming around the paddock on Wednesday, the day before the event started:

Laguna Seca is going Hollywood! Last year they added the Hollywood-style “CORKSCREW” sign on the hill overlooking the track. This year the new addition is a Mazda 787B Le Mans winning car cutout at the entry to the track from Route 68/A Road. Which is also joined by a Yamaha Superbike…  it’s cool!

First thing you see arriving at the paddock is the Long Road Racing setup with their Global MX-5 Cup cars… and Enzo!

Lots of MX-5 Cup cars at the event… some raced in the Global MX-5 Cup while others represented the TCA field in Pirelli World Challenge. Easy to tell them apart… the convertible tops were MX-5 Cup series while the hard tops were PWC.

One team brought a souvenir from the season finale that ran with IMSA at Laguna Seca in September

Car looks pretty rough!

Much like the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car series, PWC TC class still run NC Miata’s… though they are modified with a 2.5L engine and a big wang in the back.

One of two Japanese-driven cars in the event…

The TCB Mazda2’s used to be competitive, but it seems to me the BoP has balanced all the performance out of them. This #08 was the first car to be lapped. (multiple times, too)

The rest of the Mazda2’s ran slightly better, but not much. Certainly no match for the Honda Fit’s in TCB.

The new TOYOBARU Scion FRS GT86 smoked the competition. Won both races… and then got disqualified for some reason. Miata which came in second both times assumed the victories afterwards.

Porsche’s were second best represented cars for the weekend, after the Miata of course. While in TC class I counted 11 BMW M235i’s

The California 8 hour field was ultra thin… 19 cars total!

The Coyote 5.0L V8 powered Mazda3’s by MARC Cars Australia had two 3’s on the road… two different shades of red. One left hand drive and one right hand drive. Because of attrition both cars finished the race in top 10… ahead of all GT4 cars.

The only European SRO team to show up… Team WRT from Belgium.

The Acura team looked fast and very promising but after a few hours nobody could keep the pace of the Audi R8 LMS.

The TCR cars did especially well in the TC race

I was easily distracted walking around the paddock… this Audi especially caught my eye:

I suspect I’ll get an opportunity to watch it race on track this year…

It looks like the IMSA series, but the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy is an independent west coast version racing similar cars.

When I finished taking pictures of cars, climbed up the hill to take some selfies with the Corkscrew.

I had some Mexican food on the way over to the track… and after spending a productive day there, I craved Mexican again… so I gave another restaurant a try in Seaside after the first place in Salinas. And then watched the sun set over the Pacific.

It was a great day!

 

Post Card from the Dummy Grid at Memorial Day PWC LRP Grand Prix

Fantastic Memorial Day weekend at the races… Lime Rock Park was fantastic to me. I have grown to absolutely love the Pirelli World Challenge series. And best part I got to work as a backup starter… so there was a lot of downtime. I was in the prime spot to see the cars up close, and as a result there was ample opportunity to take some pix. So this is my Saturday Race Day mega gallery… enough talking here’s the pix:

Free breakfast for the marshals how thoughtful! Thanks Skip Barber

Miata Racing is the main reason I signed up to do this event!

They split TC from TCA/TCB races, so it was much easier to see the current MX-5 Cup cars winning a race…

New flavor of SAC racing skittles cars…

Hhhmm… I didn’t know Volvo and GM had a relationship… I knew about SAAB/Scania but Volvo GM – WHITEGMC is news to me… kind of cool though!

This is such a beautiful and completely appropriate paint job… for this event!

Selfies!

The driver of this #70 also raced (and won in) the TCA MX-5 Cup car

Thanks to Chris Booth for taking some pix of me with the cars in the paddock during lunch time.

He sells Miata parts apparently 🙂

…after doing donuts in Turn 1 and returning to pit lane counter race

The series starter gave me a small gift: A Guardian Angel… Awwww!

I am so grateful to everyone that made this weekend possible for me. Thanks to the folks at Lime Rock Park, to the series: Pirelli World Challenge and of course Chris Booth for taking some pix for me. Thank you all very much! See you at the next one.