Porsche presents the latest generation of the 911 GT3

Porsche presents the latest generation of the 911 GT3

The goal when designing and developing the new car based on the 911 in the form of a 992 was to make it “faster longer”, according to Sebastian Golz, project manager for the latest generation of the 911 GT3 R.

“Our task was not so much to make the new 911 GT3 R even faster – the classification within performance windows by the Balance of Performance quickly negated this advantage,” explained Golz. “The main thing for us was that our customers could drive the racing car faster for longer.

“That requires durability, so we focused primarily on improved drivability.”

Porsche 911 GT3-R

Porsche 911 GT3-R

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At the heart of the car’s concept is a larger-displacement version of Porsche’s naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine, increased from four to 4.2 liters over its predecessor, which was based on the previous-generation 991.2 Porsche 911.

As a result, Porsche was able to increase the torque by around 9% in the lower speed range and by 4-5% in the upper half.

The engine was canted 5.5 degrees front-to-back to improve weight distribution and make room for a larger rear diffuser.

Porsche 911 GT3-R

Porsche 911 GT3-R

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The car also has a pronounced aerodynamic step under the car’s nose, made possible by cutting away part of the trunk structure at the front.

Revised front-end aerodynamics allow for cleaner airflow to the under-car rear diffuser.

According to Golz, together with an increased wheelbase, this has created “more stable and constant aerodynamics and less stress on the rear tires”.

Porsche also aims to reduce the running costs of the new GT3 by 10 percent compared to the car it replaces.

The new car first ran at Porsche’s test track in Weissach in July 2021 and has so far accumulated 112 running hours, including a trouble-free 30-hour endurance run at the Barcelona circuit.

Porsche 911 GT3-R

Porsche 911 GT3-R

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Porsche Motorsport hasn’t ruled out a test race this year, most likely one of the late-season rounds of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (formerly VLN), but its competitive debut as a homologated car will be at next January’s Rolex season opener of the 24 Hours of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship .

The car will also be eligible for the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2024, when the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship and its sister European Le Mans Series adopt GT3 rules as the basis of a new category that GTE is set to replace LMGT for the time being .

The new car, which will be on display in the paddock at the Spa round of the GT World Challenge Europe from Saturday, costs 511,000 euros.

This contrasts with the 2022 list price of 459,000 euros for the current 911 GT3 R, which will be introduced before the 2019 season.

However, there are other standard features on the latest car that were extras on the previous one, including a tire pressure monitoring system.

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Porsche 911 GT3-R

Porsche 911 GT3-R

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