Apex Competition's 996 Carrera 2 Project Car

So what's this all about? It's about the impressive Porsche GT3 Cup cars that we can't drive everyday... so why not take an affordable 996 C2 and modify it to arrive at a semi-comfortable yet formidable weekend club sport toy... One that can still be driven to and from the circuit and even everyday!

Monday, May 31, 2010

315 Race Tires fit?

996 Track Prep - Race Tires
Originally uploaded by apex944
Yes they fit. I get this question a lot. The car is lowered to stock GT3 ride height. With OE GT3 wheels, no spacer and 315/30-18 Pirelli Corsa race rubber I have had no problems at all with rubbing. They do not stick out beyond the fender at all. This size is probably a little bit overkill for the rears. A 305 or 295 may be a faster tire actually. The front is where you need the wide rubber on these cars. 235 is the minimum. I'm looking for a set of wheels that will allow me to run 245 or 255 up front.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Instructing at Beaverun

Dei Wei├če 911's

Originally uploaded by apex944
Beautiful day, new race rubber, and a full tank of high octane fuel. Summer time @ Beaverun Motorsports Complex.

A great group of students showed up and we had a blast instructing them at the track today. The new Pirelli PZero Corsas really transformed the car. The old ones just had far too many heat cycles in them.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

2010 ... more mods

And you thought this blog was dead, no?

There are a few more mods planed for the old 996 this season.  It's time to get rid of the old seats and put something in that will give me the support and control I need now that the car is cornering and braking better. 

Keeping with the OEM theme we will be going with a set of original GT3 seats.  The decision to go with leather (nice for street) or the more grippy fabric has not been made.  A nice compromise may be a leather GT3 seat with Alcantara inserts for grip.

Factory GT3 seat mounts and sliders have already been obtained (via ebay) and a set of Schroth belts from my old race car will be converted for use with these.  Schroth (pronounced "shroate") sells harness ends that will convert the belts from snap in to Porsche type ends for use with the factory mounting points. Just as where delivered on the optional GT3 competition harnesses.
Porsche GT3 Cup Cars come with Schroth belts direct from the factory. They are specific because of the lap belt attachment. They have a sewn-in bracket that fits perfectly on the factory mount. Standard belts require additional fabrication and a spacer to make them work.

A few more mods coming this way in 2010 are; partial roll cage or harness bar, new video/data system, more suspension upgrades, minor interior mods, and possibly new / wheel tire combos.   Also the old engine may need a bit of attention as there is a slight lifter noise and a broken exhaust stud to fix which should address the small exhaust leak. So while we're under there, might headers, X51 pan baffles, and firmer engine mounts be in store?