If there’s one thing that’s great about the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, it’s that they run a variety of otherwise normal cars that were prepared for race duty. This Bodymotion Racing Porsche 911, for example, still has its road car key to prove it.
Look inside this car, and sure enough, there’s a big fat road car key sticking out of the dash. There’s a dealer tag dangling off of it and everything.
According to Bodymotion team manager Geoff Abel, the car started off as a normal 997-generation Porsche Carrera GTS road car. It was bought straight off of a dealer’s lot, broken in for about 400 miles or so, and then built into a race car.
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The original owner was supposed to run a full season, but ran out of money after the third race last year. Bodymotion brought it back out now to get used to running a two-car effort, using driver (as well as member of my ill-fated original Porschelump ChumpCar team) Michael Johnson to help get the car sorted. That’s the team’s plan for 2016: two cars!
If anything, many of the CTSCC cars like this one are just nicely modified road cars. This Porsche 911 has the same little pads in the rear bumper around where a license plate would go, the same six-speed manual, and the same 3.8-liter flat six in the trunk, which makes around 420 to 430 hp in CTSCC trim.
Interestingly, this very car hit 188 mph on the Daytona banking — faster than the GTD-class 911s in IMSA’s flagship United SportsCar series. The reduced downforce from running the street car aero as opposed to the more intense GTD-class 911 GT America’s kit is what the team credits for the crazy high speeds there.
Running a modified street car in a race series isn’t all insane speeds and good times, though. Sometimes certain bits of street car kit hinder things in hilarious ways.
That key, for example, includes an immobilizer that will keep the car from running if it’s away from the vehicle. When the car was first built into a race car, the team had several problems with that.
“Just don’t lose the key,” said Abel.
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