As we look forward to our first taste of the 911 GT3 RS production sports car on the road, Porsche has taken the wraps off its racing sibling – the 911 GT3 R.
The new customer racing car – which Porsche fans will know sits between the GT3 Cup and RSR models – has been developed with special attention paid to its lightweight design, enhanced aerodynamic efficiency, reduced consumption, improved handling, further optimised safety and lowered service and spare parts costs.
The 911 GT3 R features the distinctive double-bubble roof of the road-going RS, and shares a wheelbase which has been lengthened by 8.3 centimetres compared to the previous generation. This ensures a more balanced weight distribution and more predictable handling particularly in fast corners in comparison to the previous GT3 R, we’re told.
The centre of gravity has been further optimised too, in part because the roof, front cover and fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections as well as the rear cover are made of particularly light carbon-fibre composite material (CFRP). All windows – and for the first time even the windscreen – are made of polycarbonate.
The racer’s 500hp, 4.0-litre flat-six is carried over from the road car and power reaches the rear wheels via a sequential six-speed gearbox controlled by paddle-shifters.
Brakes are upgraded over the road car, and the GT3 R adopts the centrally-mounted radiator of the 911 RSR and a large 120-litre racing fuel tank.
The new 911 GT3 R has just been revealed at the Nürburgring where the sportscar racing world is gathered for the 24HR race – including our own Chris Harris – and orders are being taken as we speak. Deliveries start in December this year, if you can find the 429,000 Euro starting price…