311RS visits: Road America

Posted on Sunday, June 18th, 2017

311RS Porsche Road America Peter Lapinski

There is not much else like summer at Road America. For 2017, we made the trek 5hrs east with 6 Porsches in tow. And we’re happy to report the event was a success.

Please enjoy Peter Lapinski‘s killer photo set and accompanying notes from our time in Elkhart Lake, WI.

311RS Porsche 997 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

Road America would be the first time on track for this car since our trip to Smokies in April. The setup performed well during our time in Georgia, the only change being a flush of Castrol SRF brake fluid. Together with Girodisc’s PCCB rotor conversion & Pagid brake pads, the setup is built to cope with the huge braking zones of Road America.

311RS Porsche 997 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

Cold pressure check prior to the first session with red.

311RS Porsche 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

Luis and his 991 GT3 by 311RS made their way from Chicago to join us for the event.

311RS Porsche 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

Those E88s get us every time.

311RS Porsche 991 997 GT3 Road America by Peter Lapinski

Next to it, Tom’s 311RS-prepared 997.1 GT3. Road America would be the second track event for the car under our supervision. It was great to drive at BIR, but there is nothing like a GT3 at Road America.

311RS Porsche 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

Both of these 991 GT3s run a modified version of the 991R diffuser. Road America would be a good testbed for the (hopefully) improved aero.

311RS Porsche 930 GT3 Road America by Peter Lapinski BBS E50

Ryan made the trip with his 930 – just under 5hrs from door to door. Is this the best road trip car of all time? We think yes.

311RS Porsche 997 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

On-track is where the action was. These two had many nice battles throughout the event. A well-driven 997 GT3 is not easily left behind.

311RS Porsche 997 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

Of course everyone is a winner if they’re driving a 311RS-prepared GT3.

311RS Porsche 997 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

As part of our driver development program, Ryan is in & out of the cars throughout the event keeping each driver on task.

311RS Porsche 997 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski Ryan Gates

For a few of the guys it was their first time at Road America. The download following each session is equally as important as what we install on track. “You’ve got to use the entire track, just as you would finish an entire beer.” I believe was the discussion here.

311RS Porsche 997 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

Somebody listens well…

311RS Porsche 997 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

For others, it comes naturally.

311RS Porsche 991 GT3 Road America by Peter Lapinski

Bruce was absolutely crushing it all week with his 991 GT3.

311RS Porsche 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

He was running an updated chassis setup for the event. Tire wear would indicate we were within range. His only feedback -“I need 200hp more!” Soon enough, I’m sure.

311RS Porsche 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

Dial #411 (or 612-547-9311) for more information.

311RS Porsche 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

This car is at home on the long, flowing layout of Road America. The wider 19″ BBS & Michelin tire setup on #411 allows the driver to explore his limits with loads of confidence, seen here pushing into the carousel.

311RS Porsche 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

And mid-carousel.

311RS Porsche 991 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

If you could only hear the Akrapovic setup on exit of Turn 3…

311RS Porsche 997 GT3 Road America Peter Lapinski

Our next event is in a few weeks at BIR – it’s the annual National PCA Club Race. It’d be great to say we’ll be in the race, however this year our cars will be relegated to the DE event. See you there!

Photos courtesy of Peter Lapinski