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LTMW Porsche 997 GT3 - Wider is Better

Yes, it’s a Porsche in Super Street, and yes it’s muh-f*ckin’ badass!

Mar 30, 2015

Sorry, we're not sorry if you hate the next few pages—but we can appreciate all rad cars whether Honda or Nissan, BMW or Porsche. And at this year's SEMA show, if we had to pick one European car that stopped us in our tracks, it was Darren Yoo's LTMW built 2007 Porsche 997 GT3. We haven't featured a fair share of Porsches, but it doesn't take a Porsche fanatic to realize how sick Darren's GT3 is.

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If you're a regular reader, you might recognize the owner's name. Quite frankly, Darren is an attention whore, always one-upping his previous builds. He doesn't build his cars for magazine features or for stardom, but his sense of style and selection of parts are just that spot-on. He's had a 600hp BMW 335i on the cover of the late eurotuner magazine, plus his Liberty Walk supercharged M3 was also featured here in Super Street, not to mention his GT-R as well (now owned by Bernardo Pena, November 2014 cover). Now, his latest build entails Porsche's flagship car—the 911, more specifically the 997 GT3.

2007 porsche 997 GT3 BBS E88 wheel 03 Photo 3/17   |   We love the teal paint splatter on the BBS E88s—they tie in the rollcage, rear wing, and vinyl!

When you think aftermarket widebody Porsches, you think Rauh-Welt Begriff. Although Darren's past two builds sported the design work of Wataru Kato of Liberty Walk, the direction of this Porsche is of a new breed. California-based company Vollkommen Design was sourced for the GT3's exterior styling. The front is widened by 2.5 inches, while the rear gets a massive 4.5 inches wider. Darren explains, "I love the Liberty Walk 997 design, but I wanted to bring something different other than Liberty Walk, Rocket Bunny, or RWB. Sometimes you can't eat sushi all the time." (I beg to differ. -JT). Darren admitted that RWB did in fact inspire him, and there were a lot of people who told him not to cut the body on a GT3, but that's what fueled him to do it even more. What distinguishes the Vollkommen aero from the rest is that it's made entirely from carbon fiber.

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Keeping the aggressive theme going, Darren went with highly sought after BBS E88 wheels that were custom-barreled by Floss Design. The front wheels measure 18x10.5 inches and the rears are an impressive 18x13.5 inches—a perfect fit to fill the custom arches with no tire stretching or spacers required.

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Darren's Porsche also sports several race car styling cues from an authentic Porsche cup wing to the one-off AeroFlow Dynamics splitters and canards. Even the yellow headlights resemble Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance regulations.

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Inside the cabin you'll find a nice paradox of style approaches. Much like the Mitsubishi Evolution X to the IX, the 997 is a more driver-friendly car compared to its predecessor. And with the additions of a GMG six-point rollcage, Recaro Pole Position seats, Personal steering wheel, and CAE shifter, this 911 is always begging for track duties.

A GT3's engine performance from the factory is already impressive, so Darren opted not to change too much from the 3.8L flat-six. With only a Porsche Motorsports intake and a cat-less iPE exhaust, the 997 gains a small bump in power over the factory-rated 475 hp—but the sound is absolutely heavenly, especially at its 9,000-rpm redline! Darren tells us, "It accelerates similar to my boosted E92 M3, but even better!"

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We're very envious of Darren, but we also have a lot of respect for him. Born in Korea, he came to the U.S. when he was 13, living off 20 dollars a day and a diet of gas station hot dog combos. He worked his way to the top and has had every single crappy job you can think of: factory worker, dishwasher, and waiter. Now self-employed, he's living the dream and building all the cars he could only dream of having when he was a kid. "My life wasn't all that gravy, yo, but I worked hard and I'm grateful to meet all the cool people on my way up," he concludes. From rags to riches, Darren's success inspires us all, and we'll continue to admire every project he continues to build!

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Euro Talk
In the JDM world, you'll hear people mention EK9, EJ6, FC3S, ZN6. Now before you pull up Wikipedia, these are simply chassis codes you can commonly find in the engine bay. Porsche, it seems, is a bit different. They simply call it by Porsche's internal classification. From the dealer, after you sign your life away for Porsche's flagship car, you are technically buying a 911. Below are all the 911 models with their proper generation abbreviation so you can pretend to talk like a Porsche aficionado.

  • Porsche 911—1963-1989 (F Model: 1963-1973, G Model: 1973-1989)
  • Porsche 964—1988-1993
  • Porsche 993—1993-1998
  • Porsche 996—1997-2005
  • Porsche 997—2004-2013
  • Porsche 991—2011-present

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LTMW Porsche 997 GT3 - Wider is Better
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Owner: Darren Yoo
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: self-employed
Engine: iPE full cat-less valve-controlled exhaust; OE Porsche Motorsport intake
Drivetrain: CAE Ultra shifter with carbon-fiber trim
Footwork & Chassis: H&R coilovers; adjustable toe steer kit and lower control arms
Brakes: factory Brembo calipers paint-matched; two-piece stainless rotors
Wheels & Tires: 18x10.5" front, 18x13.5" rear BBS E88 wheels custom-barreled and finished by Floss Design; 285/680R18 front, 335/710R18 Toyo RS1 slicks
Exterior: Vollkommen Design carbon-fiber widebody; OE Porsche Cup rear wing and uprights; OE Porsche 997.2 LED taillight conversion; Aeroflow Dynamics rear-wing endplates, front, side, and rear splitters, front and rear canards; Rennline tow hooks; carbon-fiber roof; OE BMW Frozen Dark Blue Metallic paint
Interior: Recaro Pole Position seats with custom stitching, embroidery, and alcantara/leather upholstery; GMG Racing six-point rollcage with custom mounts and sliders; OEM GT3 RS door pull straps; Personal steering wheel; Works Bell Rapfix GTC tilt system; MOMO hub; alcantara mint green stitched upholstery
Thanks You: Long Tran and the crew (Sung, David, Robert, Chewy, Felix, Will, Daren, Daniel, Pancho, Josh, Valerie) at LTMW; Vollkommen Design USA (Diego); Jeff and Roger at Aeroflow Dynamics; James at Floss Design; Stan at Toyo Tires; Dana and Cindy at GenXgraphics; Victor at Emergency Hookers; Justin, James and Victor

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