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FIA Mandates Minimum GT3 Production Requirements

FIA requires GT3 manufacturers to produce at least 20 cars in two-year period…

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The FIA has mandated a minimum production run of GT3 cars, in an effort to prevent the creation of so-called ‘GT3 prototypes.’

Approved during Friday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council Meeting, at least ten race cars from each GT3 model must now be produced within 12 months of the car’s homologation date and 20 within the first two years.

The new rule is understood to target manufacturers, such as Cadillac, which had produced limited numbers of its GT3-spec car.

Only three Cadillac ATS-V.Rs were built, with none having been made available to customers, during the manufacturer’s three-year factory Pirelli World Challenge program, which has since come to an end.

Other GT3 manufacturers are understood to not yet have met the minimum as well.

It includes Callaway, Honda and Lexus, which are all believed to have produced less than 20 cars since the launch of its respective GT3 models. 

The FIA’s rule is strictly related to number of cars produced and not sold.

Honda revealed plans to make 12 of its NSX GT3 cars available to customers this year, while Reeves Callaway told Sportscar365 that a number of Corvette C7 GT3-Rs are set to be produced for customer orders in the coming months.

The current number of Lexus RC F GT3s produced is unclear, but at least six have been built since its launch last year.

Larger-scale GT3 manufacturers, such as Audi, Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG, BMW and Porsche, have all already met the FIA’s new requirement.

Bentley and Nissan, meanwhile, have debuted new-generation GT3 cars this year, with McLaren, Aston Martin and Porsche set to roll out new models in 2019 that would all be required to meet the FIA’s new mandate.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

30 Comments

30 Comments

  1. Nick1

    March 9, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    But what if enough people dont buy the cars? 20 is too high a threshold for small manufacturers that want to go customer racing to hit. Yes it resolves the Cadillac issue but GT3 is already a crowded market

    • John Dagys

      March 9, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      As the article says, it’s based on the numbers BUILT, not SOLD.

      • Jake

        March 9, 2018 at 11:58 pm

        So manufacturers are going to build and put in storage the extra homologation requirements? Without the manufacturer subsidies, none of them would ever sell 20 cars. The GT3 class is being propped up by a few manufacturers, the ones that arent, have single digit production numbers.

        • Anthony Blair Thomas

          March 12, 2018 at 2:21 am

          This is misunderstanding the point. The point is why is GM allowed to build its own GT3 car but not make it available to other teams who most certainly can beat them straight up?

          Honda and Lexus have cautious optimism so the build a limited number of cars. Bentley has been competitive since day one and sold cars to other teams notable HTP for one season but when the new Benz GT came online they went back to Mercedes-Benz; some say there was a culture difference and since HTP is an German-Austrian team they felt more comfortable with MBZ.

          GT3 is not being propped up. Other manufacturers haven’t aligned themselves with winning operations.

          Audi has no problem selling cars because of WRT; but other teams have proven they can win with the car too. MBZ as well, AKKA ASP left it’s long association with Ferrari to run Benz GT’s and I would argue they are just as good as HTP.

          Ferraris will sell based on the fact they are Ferrari’s and have value in the collector car market.

          Sanna’s success with Grasser has led to more sales of the Lambo but not wins, unless you count the couple of victories in the US.

          GM just wanted didn’t want to spend the money that’s all it’s ever been because the marketing dept handles the racing budget and they didn’t see the point in spending millions building cars and then propping up race teams around the world to run them.

          Other OE’s do it, GM isn’t interested. Though they did prop up a few teams in the US…

    • StueyB83

      March 10, 2018 at 7:06 am

      It creates a saturation of cars on the market, which then means manufacturers have to dispose of them to customers – creating a cheaper market.

      The downside now being that manufacturers may no longer see GT3 as viable because of the cost of production – so we may get a retraction in brands.

      I think its a sensible rule and puts customers back at the heart of GT3

      However, callaway with its practically non existent support from corvette seem done for, as would SCG and their 003.

      I don’t know how this affects national homologation though.

  2. Pierce

    March 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    I like this rule it’s a bit steep but

    How many Nissan GT-Rs exist?
    Feel like the British manufacturers (except McLaren)are going to struggle to hit this number

    • Anthony Blair Thomas

      March 12, 2018 at 2:28 am

      How many GTR’s exist? I think somewhere over 10 have been delivered of the tweaked car. RJM will be running a 2018 spec and a 2017 spec car. GT300 teams in Japan will run 2018 spec cars.

      Teams are looking for help like they get from other manufacturers. Porsche and Ferrari started the trend of offering the use of factory drivers so teams wouldn’t have to pay drivers or offer seats to paid drivers. That saves teams quite a bit of money, so all they have to budget for is accident repair really because the engines are good for at least a season.

      As long as you don’t wreck it, oil change and new brake pads and she’s ready for the next race.

      GT3 cars aren’t any less reliable than your street car, that it’s based on…

  3. Eduardo Guerrero

    March 9, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    The Vortex GT3, Radical RXC GT3 spec, also on the same situation as the Cadillac, Solution F Siluehtte cars also affected i think…anyone knows if restrictions to Renault RS01 still in place?

    • John Dagys

      March 9, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Those cars are not GT3 homologated by the FIA.

  4. Bopper

    March 9, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Amazed this rule wasn’t created sooner. Though it’s not surprising they waited until GM was done having their fun first.

    If the FIA had put their foot down while Caddy was still running, wonder who would’ve blinked first.

    • Northstar

      March 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      PWC probably would have given them an exception like they did with Acura when they ran the TLX or whatever the sedan was called.

      • Bopper

        March 10, 2018 at 1:33 am

        Yeah, you’re right in that PWC would have agreed to anything a big manufacturer wanted. But I believe the GT class was open in the Acura’s time, hadn’t fully embraced SRO yet.

        • Northstar

          March 10, 2018 at 11:38 am

          They needed an exemption on 2016 as that was the first year using full GT3 regulations.

  5. Change it up

    March 9, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    How many GT3 variant Jaquars or Maserati’s exist? Also i read Cadillac made the GT3 variant with the intent to build more and sell to customers

    • Joao Ribeiro

      March 13, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Jag and Maserati don’t offer a GT3 car at this moment

  6. Passanger

    March 9, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    GT3 should not call GT3 anymore, and name to GT1 or GT2…

  7. Dicky

    March 10, 2018 at 12:30 am

    This will properly leave us with Audi Mercedes BMW Porche Lamborghini and Ferrari

  8. Dicky

    March 10, 2018 at 12:39 am

    So they race them now, Bentley Nissan but at the end of one year have not build 10 what happens then ? I am certain the rule should be 10 must be build before you race like in endurance racing when 20 Porche 917’s had to be build to race in the 60’s

  9. Helmut

    March 10, 2018 at 12:50 am

  10. Luna

    March 10, 2018 at 12:54 am

    GT3 was born to contain cost and performance. A category for gentlemen drivers. It is now a playfield for manufacturers and pro drivers. Costs are 4 times more than at the beginning. There are cars like Cadillac, Bentley or Lexus which are like the old Group 5. They should have never been accepted.

  11. KW

    March 10, 2018 at 5:18 am

    That might be the end of the SCG003 from Glickenhaus running in the 24h Nuerburgring race since years, if the organizers won’t decide to make an exception from the FIA GT3 rules (which might happen). On the other hand it might speed up James Glickenhaus’ plans to enter GTE and the 24h of Le Mans.

    • Jessie

      March 10, 2018 at 6:13 am

      Glickenhaus race in SPX class not GT3 (SP9)

      • KW

        March 11, 2018 at 2:46 pm

        thx

  12. Mike Larson

    March 10, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Add another nail in the coffin for GT3. Smaller manufacturers will no longer be able to compete by having to invest five to $10 million into producing 20 cars that may or may not sell, or it will drive up the cost so high for all of the engineering they will have to do to make their car that much better than the bigger manufactures. Also with GT4 becoming so popular worldwide at roughly half the cost for a new car I don’t see GT3 being around much longer especially in the states or will simply be a place for manufactures to play ( which is close to what it is now) and that will fizzle away.

    • StueyB83

      March 10, 2018 at 7:11 am

      Funny how in a BoP formula ome car cant sell as well as others in spite of the intention that performance is equal (although running costs are not).

      Cant help but feel the German brands have alot of sway in this.

      For the record, the FIA GT commission that decides these rules are actually made from the main manufacturers anyway!

  13. MikeK

    March 10, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I hope they do this for GT4 also. How many GT4 Camaros are there? Same for Panoz. The Panoz is a prototype GT4 car anyway. I think there are more racecars than street. The only one I have ever seen is the Blue one with a manufacturer plate on it. If I want to buy one, I call a number and get a message that they will call me back (which they never did). So, GT3 has an issue with the prototypes and GT4 is going down the same path.

  14. daedalus

    March 10, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I can understand the FIA wanting to ensure manufactures sell to customers and not just using GT3 as a cover for a factory program but this will decimate the smaller GT3 manufactures and those built by privateers like Callaway. The german brands will have no problem meeting the rules and they are already grossly over represented in GT3 so I would think this is just as much about preventing small manufactures from competing in GT3 as it is about stopping GT3 factory efforts.

    • Paul

      March 12, 2018 at 8:40 am

      I heard from someone in the SRO that this was targeted at Cadillac, Bentley, Honda, and Lexus. NOT Callaway or the other smaller groups that contribute to customer teams. Those mentioned brands masquerade as customer teams, but technically aren’t.

  15. aaa

    March 10, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    VAG, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari class

  16. Davy

    March 11, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Sounds like a good idea to ruin the diversity of the class.

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