words by pablo deferrari
like all things that have an ounce of mystique, interest if you like, you'll only turn up so much using Google that eventually you end up chasing your tail. that's exactly what I did with this very unique car—the JPGTC Porsche 968.
Most of the cars, not suprisingly, were from Japan's big three; Toyota, Nissan, and Honda. But occasional you'd see a German pop up, like this heavily modified 968.
I did, however, dig up a few interesting leads on Rennlist including two correspondences made between a couple of enthusiasts and the company spokesperson himself inquiring about how to get that insane kit for the 968.
one Rennlist enthusiast going by the name, TurboCab got the following response:
Thanks for a mail. We really appriciate to all the members of
Rennlist who care about us.
The name "GT4" came from "being higher than GT3R" and from
Liquid4. Details would be on the renew-version of our website officially.
However, let me introduce some detailed specs about our "Arktech Advan GT-4".
Our concept of development is to build the world fastest 968
based real racing machine ever and win against GT3R.
Engine is 3.0L single turbo with 40 pai ristrictor, due to the
JGTC regulation. Performance is 380ps and Torq is more than 70Kg.
If w/o ristrictor, it yield more than 500PS could be possible.
Transmission is from Hewland Sequential 6-speed.
Engine management is working with Motec M800.
Suspension, we use are double wishborne for both front and rear.
At the qualify race of SUGO circuit, we were on the second
posision among 7 Porsche based machines (GT3RSR 2004 was the top within the Porsche machines) although our top speed was 30Km/hr slower than the others.
About All Stars, to entry this race, we need to be selected.
Thus,it is bit difficult for us to participate this race based on our
passed records now. However, if many people are willing to see us and send many e-mailsto GT-Assoc. USA, we might have an opportunity to see you guys there.
Please see our future together. Thanks for your concern.
Whom it may concern
Thanks for contacting us.
We do not sell our body kit for GT300 ver of 968 to the regular market. At first, most of these parts are not suit with normal chassis of 968. Then, we made them for upcoming race with much less time, so the design is not quite perfect which we were aimed. Also, the parts are all made of FRP, and it results heavy weights.
We are planning re-create all the parts after this season finished.
However, one racing team really want to buy them, and we explained the difficulty of installing body parts. But they admit the difficulty, and they would work on the parts all by themselves to install the parts because they also got piped flame for their Porsche 968. So, we have decided to sell the parts to these customers in the U.S. Now we are working on shipment.
If you are still would like to take them, please let us know the details
of the car. For example, if the car is for road car or racing car.
And also, please note that most of the parts are not able to be
installed into the normal 968 other than the rear fenders and side
sills(or side step, side skirt other people call)
Thanks for your concern
Masaya 'D' Sugishita
Arktech Motorsports Inc.,
the hunt is on.
image and info sources: http://forums.beyond.ca/,
www.advantage.co.jp, http://blog.livedoor.jp, http://rennlist.com,