posted on May 10, 2011 19:00
Sneek Peak: A Look Inside Magnus Racing's ALMS Porsche GT3
By Mike Kojima
While we were at this year's Long Beach Grand Prix, we had an opportunity to get a close look at the Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 ALMS GTC race car. A little known fact about Porsche is that you can buy a turn key race car from the factory, a highly competitive fully developed race car at that. A good part of the appeal of running a Porsche is that instead of developing a car for the series, the well heeled can simply buy one without the risk of being uncompetitive.
| The stock Porsche body in white is seam welded and fitted with a cage that ties the entire structure together. This fan device feeds fresh cool exterior air to the driver's helmet. The bar that the harnesses attach to and the horizontal bar behind the seat are additional bars added for racing in the USA. The cage is FIA approved with a few additional bars for ALMS and Grand Am specs.
For the Long Beach race the Magnus car was sponsored by the legendary Rosco's Chicken and Waffles chain of fried chicken restaurants, hence the interesting livery on the car as shown. The factory Porsche ALMS racer is roughly based on a street going 911 GT3 RSII. In fact in Germany this car is street legal and some hardcore people actually drive them as street cars. The factory had a publicity stunt at last year's 24 hours of Nurnburgring where a car was street driven from the factory to the track, raced and driven back to the factory.
| Another look at the cage construction. The cage is installed by the factory.
The race car starts with an off the shelf 911 body in white. The rear wheelhouses are enlarged for bigger tires and the body is also widened for bigger tires. The unibody is seam welded and a fully integrated cage that ties the whole body structure together including the suspension pick up points is fabricated. For ALMS and Grand Am rules compliance a few more tubes are added to the cage vs the European version of the car.
| The upper door bars are the additional bars installed for ALMS and Grand Am approval. This gives additional side impact protection.
| Straightforward and tidy but not unobtanium. The GT3 is somewhat reminiscent of nicer time attack and drift cars in the layout and level of technology. It's kinda cool to see that this is something in the realm of what we build ourselves!
| Gutted stock dash, OMP steering wheel and Motec ADL2.
| This box contains the water and ice for a cool suit. This helps keep the driver cool.
| We think that this cannister is one of the new CO2 cooled dry cool suit systems. We wonder why this car seems to have both, perhaps driver preference?
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:42 PM
LOL, I have what appears to be the same Rubbermaid thermos for keeping liquids cool. I never thought I would see it used in a race car application.
I imagine they're using it for something more exotic than drinks with those different fittings on the top and based on where it's positioned in the car.
That picture from the back really captures the scale of just how large that rear wing is, impressive.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:13 PM
Those Staubli quick-connectors on the remote resevoirs are a nice touch !
Mike, just to clarify: the GT3 RS Cup comes stock with Sachs coilovers, then the Team switched to JRZ 3 or 4 way? In one picture you mentioned 3 and the following one you mentioned 4. I'm assuming you meant 4 way.
Anyway, thanks a bunch for sharing. Definitely a ride worth every penny !
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 3:54 AM
What was the button that was taped over for? Were they embarrassed it had a "Go baby go" button.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 4:34 AM
So if you were properly crazy, could you register one of these to drive on the street?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:02 AM
In Europe I am not sure about here.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:50 AM
that car is dreamy
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:29 AM
Mike - one of the best "unobtanium" references I've seen in a sentence in a long time! I'm still laughing over it! What is up with the no look under the hood? I thought all the porsche engines had to be homologated anyway?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:41 AM
Dunno, they were not to keen on letting us look at the good parts unfortunatly.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:42 AM
Maybe their Kapton tape has real gold in it with a special heat reflective pattern! (PS. That was loaded with sarcasm)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:40 AM
rear tire size is 28/68R18
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:29 PM
Great article and some great pictures bring the car to life.
This is the kind of reading that I like to see. Very nice. :)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:37 PM
Those are some serious gussets on the cage. Looks very beefy.
Thursday, May 12, 2011 7:49 AM
Forgot to mention that the Cup cars create some of the best production racing out there because the cars are so well put together from the factory.
And great coverage/article.
Thursday, May 12, 2011 10:12 AM
Love it. I like specially the shimano brake handle in the shifter!!! BAD ASS!!!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 8:35 PM
Minor point - it wasn't a racer that they drove to the Ring, did 24hrs and drove back, it was a "normal" 911 GT3 RS road car, just with the necessary safety equipment for regs and different dampers/brakes because of the unholy abuse. Brilliant stuff. Walter Rohrl was supposed to be one of the drivers but had to pull out :(