My chance to properly get to know the new GT3 in its preferred environment came on day three of this year’s Britain’s Best Drivers’ Car group test (aka Handling Day). With most of the other cars in the pits, Anglesey Circuit was relatively empty. And with the GT3’s fastest lap time already committed to posterity, its final set of Michelins were, in effect, expendable.
Five laps in and it had already become apparent why many people are wondering where exactly the upcoming GT3 RS is going to go. The regular GT3 simply leaves so little head room. Really get going in this car and it comes alive to almost incredible effect, with all the adjustability you struggled to unlock on the road and sublime levels of feel from the smooth track surface. It’s a beautifully pure driving experience.
The car somehow blends McLaren levels of precision with an AMG-esque ability to get sideways and entertain, handling like a mid-engined supercar when you need it to but resorting to a more traditional 911 back-to-front-hammer balance when you want to rotate it (this applies equally on the brakes and the throttle).
Turn-in is fabulous – so sharp and dependable you consciously need to adjust to it – and quickly gets the car spring-loaded, ready to fire itself out of the corner with that rear-biased weight balance waiting to be exploited either for ultimate traction or just a little angle. Because of the responsiveness of the atmo flat six, what the chassis serves up is entirely your choice.
The GT3’s ability to take full throttle in places where you just wouldn’t believe it could safely do so is also an epic thrill. In parts of quick corners where you feather the throttle in other cars, the GT3 is already flat out and accelerating hard, its back axle so planted that you’d swear even 603bhp, rather than the actual 503bhp, wouldn’t upset things. So that’s ‘stability’ you can add to ‘precision’ and ‘adjustability’.