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, Porsche was not very happy about those market-driven prices, 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.
The Drive first picked up this story where the comedian and longtime Porschephile 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.
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!