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2003 saw the launch of the track-focused Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale - an uprated version of their road-going 360 model and naturally, Porsche responded by releasing their challenger, the equally honed 996 GT3 RS. Following on from its historically important predecessors such as the Carrera 2.7 RS of the early 1970s, the 996GTRS became the first water-cooled 911 to wear the RS badge. Echoing those early road rockets, the car was lightened by the adoption of a polycarbonate rear window and a carbon fibre wing & bonnet. The car also featured an uprated engine specification with the cylinder heads having reshaped intakes and exhaust ports to comply with motor racing homologation regulations. The wheel carriers were totally redesigned to maximize the improved dynamic camber control, the suspension top mounts can be turned 120 degrees to a 'Cup Car' position and both front and rear control arms are adjustable. Porsche also offered the option of ceramic composite brakes to reduce fade in heavy use. During the 996 GT3 RS production run from 2003 to 2005, Porsche built only 140 right-hand drive cars for the worldwide market and 113 of those were officially imported into the UK. Offered from a large private collection, this originally Hong Kong destined, right-hand drive 2004 996 GT3RS - as ascertained by looking at the original Porsche Vehicle Identification Label under the bonnet showing C15 as the country designation, was, in fact, supplied new on 24th June 2004 by Porsche Stuttgart in Germany. Finished in Carrera White, the only colour offered, with red 'RS Script' & decals, the specification of this car includes; a body coloured rear roll cage, top tinted windscreen, electronically adjustable carbon door mirrors, air-conditioning and Nomex Recaro buckets. This car was first registered in the UK on 21st September 2004 and received its first service at Porsche Centre Hatfield in 2006 when it had covered 5,548 miles. In 2010, when the car had covered 7,721 miles, it was given another full service at Porsche Centre Silverstone. The most recent service, was just over 500miles ago, in 2014, when the car was taken to respected marque specialists, JZM Porsche, for a full service and a re-gassing of the air-conditioning. The car is supplied with its front roll-cage sections, and with the paperwork are the complete book pack, service invoices, an MoT until 11th August 2016 and the UK V5c. Showing only 9,722 miles on the odometer, this low mileage and rare car, one of 140 right-hand drive 996GT3RS models built bearing the legendary RennSport initials, is a special Porsche that should not be overlooked by any serious car collector.