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Posted: 21 Mar 2014
The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS will debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed
A simple tweet from Goodwood's official account revealed that Porsche is planning on celebrating 40 years of the 911 Turbo at this year's Festival of Speed (preview here)... along with presenting the new 911 GT3 RS for the very first time. Yes, and indeed, please.
That is of course, subject to Porsche sorting out the, erm, fire risk on the 'standard' GT3. Remember we told you Hammond wasn't allowed to drive his new GT3? It's because after two engine fires on 2014-spec cars, Porsche advised all new customers not to drive their cars and recalled the lot.
Now, after figuring out what was wrong (a loose screw on the connecting rod making it, um, loose, which in turn damaged the crankcase and led to an oil leak which promptly ignited), Porsche is replacing the engines on all 785 vehicles affected, and will use ‘optimised screw fittings' for new GT3s being built.
Which means it'll have a helluva lot of old engines on its hands. What to do with all those lovely flat sixers? Can we have one please? We promise we'll use Hammond's oven gloves...