Cars are extremely complex machines. They consist of thousands of components that are sourced from myriad suppliers. The parts are then all bolted together by an automaker in an assembly plant in a process that takes several hours. Watch the building of a Porsche 911 GT3 in a timelapse video (at the bottom of this post) to understand the process a bit better.

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Many hands

A typical Porsche 911 takes about two days to build. It is touched by 1 500 workers as it makes its way through the assembly line. For the first time, a time lapse video shows the entire process, focusing on a 911 GT3. 

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The car also happens to be part of the Paint to Sample program. The latter is a customisation option that allows new-car buyers to choose the colour of their new steed. Paint to Sample offers more than 100 additional pre-approved colours above the standard offerings are available from the factory on a new 911 or 718. The Taycan, Cayenne, Panamera and Macan have more than 50 additional choices available. 

The owner

Leh Keen ordered the Gold Bronze Metallic 911 GT3 seen in the video. The professional racer takes part in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America one-make series. This colour had been only ordered 24 times before. This is the very first 992 Series 911 to wear it.

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“It’s one of my favourite things, I’m obsessed with the different colours,” said Keen. “All these amazing colours that Porsche has done over the years. We really dig deep in the history of Porsche. I wanted to have this newest, modern 911 but then coated with a very classic old colour,” said Keen.

“I told a few people I was going to go gold. People thought it was risky, and it really reinforced my choice and I wanted to see how it would turn out. I think a lot of people couldn’t quite picture the gold in their head,” remembers Keen. “At the dealership when they pulled the cover off of it, I was kind of stunned over how beautiful it was.”