We’ve been waiting with baited breath for the 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 to arrive, so we can properly drive the hell out of it on all our favorite roads. Well, it’s not here yet, but Porsche has taken the wraps off the next best thing: the racing version of the new 911 GT3. Actually, some might say that’s even better.
Making its debut exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for 2013 (it’ll become available for other racing series in 2014), the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup packs a 453 horsepower 3.8 liter flat-six, with power sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automated gearbox—that, for the first time in a Porsche race car, is controlled by shift paddles behind the steering wheel. A new brake system was designed to withstand even more torture than last year’s car, while a new roll cage keeps the driver safer. There’s even a rescue hatch in the roof; no word on whether you can outfit the 911 GT3 Cup with an ejection seat for an awesome post-victory exit.
Should you desire one of these puppies, it comes only in white (but you can fix that pretty easily at home), and it’ll cost you €181,200—about $234,000 at today’s exchange rates. We’re gonna hold out for the road-going version, which should be about $100K cheaper, be driven pretty much anywhere we want to go, and has a spare seat for Emma Stone when we take her out for dinner. But if you wanna pick one of these up, we’ll understand.
World’s Most Successful Production-based Race Car Moves to Porsche 911 (type 991) in 2013 for Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup; More Horsepower, Paddle Shift Highlight Improvements
Stuttgart/Atlanta – December 8 — The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most successful race car in the world. Since 1998, 2,395 units of the near-street-stock race vehicle for customer sport have been produced. The new edition of the 911 GT3 Cup is the motorsports version of the future showroom model 911 GT3 (yet to be introduced) and as such is the first race car that is based on the seventh generation of the sports car icon (Porsche 911 – type 991) from Zuffenhausen.
The new 911 GT3 Cup will be run exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013. The rest of the Porsche makes cups and challenge cups around the world, including the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, will compete in the current 911 GT3 Cup racer for 2013, switching to the new car in 2014. The new car for one-make racing made its debut on the occasion of the end of motorsport season “Night of Champions” celebration at the R&D Centre in Weissach.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 3.8-litre six-cylinder flat engine. It generates 460 hp (338 kW) at 7,500 revs, surpassing the predecessor by 10 hp. A six-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport, which is operated via shift paddles at the steering wheel for the first time in a Porsche brand trophy race car, transmits the power to the rear axle. The single piece race wheels with center mount were also newly designed by Porsche Motorsport. The width of the Michelin race slicks was increased by two centimetres to 27 centimetres at the front and by ten millimetres at the rear axle to now measure 31 centimetres.
A newly developed race braking system further improves the excellent endurance qualities compared to its successful predecessor. The 380 millimetre slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle are decelerated by six-piston aluminium fixed callipers. The rear axle features a four-piston version.
During the development of the new car a particular emphasis was put on the driver safety. A newly designed safety cage protects the pilot in case of a roll or a collision as does a newly developed race seat which is distinctively shaped around the head and shoulders and can be adjusted individually with the help of padding. A rescue hatch in the roof provides easy access for primary medical attention and for the extraction of the driver.
“The new 911 GT3 Cup is much easier to drive at the limit,” says Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard, who was significantly involved in the development of the new vehicle. “The car is excellently balanced. The new axle geometry is enormously positive for the handling. In addition, the new Cup 911 is great fun to drive.”
Like its predecessor the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is produced in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen on the same assembly line as the street-legal models. At the Motorsport Center in Weissach, it receives a general set-up for the race track and is tested by a professional race driver before delivery to the customers. The starting price for the vehicle, which is available exclusively in white, is 181,200 Euro plus the country-specific taxes.