GT3 - A great idea

Since the financial crisis that came to the world, automobile manufacturers and motorsport teams are looking for economic and competitive solutions for top level motorsport, and one class became the main act of this change: the GT3 cars.

Initially brought up by SRO, in 2005, to be the third main force of GT cars, behind the current GT1 and GT2 categories, the class gained its own series, the FIA GT3, that lasted until 2012. But the GT3 participation wasn't limited to this series, as the class became attractive to manufacturers and teams, due to lower cost compared to upper classes, balance of performance and ease to ride for those who aren't essentially pro drivers, what gives margin for almost everyone an every team have a certain success.

Today, with the extintion of GT1 class and the GT2 class being used only in ACO events and a few other series, the GT3s got a safe place in actual motorsport, even taking the main role of the defunct GT1 in the FIA GT Series, a renamed version of what was the FIA GT Championship, but now only with GT3-spec cars. They run too in Spain, Germany, Australia, Japan, USA, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, United Kingdom and many other countries, as well mixed or not other classes in european competitions like the ACO's regional series and Blancpain Endurance Series, to just stay in the highlighted ones.

The number of brands involved is the main point, as we can see cars from Ferrari, Chevrolet, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, McLaren, Nissan, Maseratti, Ginetta, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Dodge, Ford, Jaguar and Bentley in the mix. And the number continues to increase. Lexus will enter in the group, as it was announced here, and there other brands that have interest in constructing GT3-spec cars. In fact, for the motorsport fan, there's lots of models to choose and say "I like that one".

I really like the Nissan GT-R GT3.

GT3s attracts teams and fans, and this makes championships last long, and this is and will continue being the reality in motorsport.

Photos: Autoviva, FIA