According To Jerry Seinfeld, The Porsche 911 R Was His Idea

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That's gold, Jerry. Gold!

Its popularity even caught Porsche by surprise. The Porsche 911 R, essentially a manual-only, wingless GT3, was an immediate hit and quickly increase to insanely high prices when the few owners attempted to offload them. Needless to say, , hence one of the reasons why it came out with the 911 GT3 Touring Package. But where did the idea for the 911 R come from in the first place? According to Jerry Seinfeld in a recent interview on Spike Feresten’s Spike Car Radio podcast, it was him.

first picked up this story where the explained to Feresten the backstory. He first pitched the idea of a new 911 R to Porsche designer Grant Larson several years ago. “I wanted to do a custom made, one-off 911 ten years ago,” Seinfeld said. “Grand and I had discussed this and he approached the board. What I wanted to build was a new 911 R, which they refused us. But then, 4-5 years later, aha, the new 911 R appeared.” But what, exactly, did Seinfeld picture that reborn 911 R to be? Turns out his original vision is about what Porsche also had in mind. “I want(ed) a super lightweight, no-wing GT3.” That, in a nutshell, is the 911 R.

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Of course, Porsche gave no credit to Seinfeld for the idea, but it’s not like he really cares or anything. “Reputedly, but I don’t know if it would hold up in court,” he said with a laugh. Clearly he has no intention of filing a lawsuit, which would be pretty dumb, honestly. In fact, Porsche ought to give Jerry a call and ask him if he has any other 911 related ideas. That’s gold, Jerry. Gold!