So some while ago in the middle of this summer we started this thread to share a project that we had started our 996 GT2 test car. Unfortunately after some problems with the availability of the car, we switched over to a 997 GT3 RS and it's been smooth sailing since then
So since this is now a thread about out 997 GT3 RS test car project we have a TON of new updates and pictures, along with some video footage to come!
AUGUST 5th 2010
Here is our first 3D rendering before we actually created the first prototype! In short it will be a track orientated short shifter that will reduce throws by about 50%, increase rigidity by swapping out the entire old unit with a stainless steel full body, a side-to-side reduction in throw and a height increase to get the shifter closer to the driver and steering wheel.
Here is the 3D of the prototype:
The point of the shifter is to get the shift knob closer to the steering wheel while retaining throws that are slightly shorter than stock both front-to-back and side-to-side, all while increasing the precision and rigidity of the shifter to enhance the gearbox feel.
November 8th 2010
So finally the first prototype is here!
Keep in mind that it's a first prototype so don't hate on the finish lol... The piece is incredible and uses ball bearings at all pivot points. Here's a teaser of the first prototype that would soon be installed in the GT3RS test car!
November 12th 2010
So today we fit the Track version. Let me tell you guys, this thing is HARD CORE. The build quality is amazing and after some minor adjustments, everything fit perfectly. We also took some video footage which will be up soon!
As of right now, the first prototype is excellent. The shifter is closer to the wheel, and the throws are ridiculously short. It's nice when driving around the city, but it REALLY shines when you start to throw the car around and really start going up and down through the gears aggressively. It's a blast to drive coming on and off exists and on ramps...we can't wait to get it on the track to give it everything it was made for.
There are still a few adjustments to be made, but overall this is an incredible piece in every way possible
For now, we'll leave you with 3 pictures from a quick photoshoot with our 2008 GT3 RS test car!
This is the Stock shifter BTW.
Right now we're running it with no center console for testing purposes, but we will have a TWM shift boot and TWM shift knob in the end.
Picture of the new shifter in the GT3RS
More updates and videos to come!
Team TWM Performance