Porsche recently face lifted the 991-generation 911, so now it’s time for the company to start bringing out new versions of its 911 racer cars. The GT3 Cup isn’t the top-flight 911 racer, but it’s Porsche’s most popular, so a new one is a big deal.
Porsche manufactures the 911 GT3 Cup on the same production line as the 911 road car in its main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The basic race tuning is performed at the Weissach motorsport center, where vehicles are also thoroughly tested by a professional race driver prior to delivery to the customer.
As a result of the first major change is the rear of the world’s most-produced GT racing car now houses a 4-litre, six-cylinder flat engine producing 485hp. Porsche also have included a range of innovative details which improve efficiency in addition to engine performance.
These changes result in even better durability of the engine in racing mode and consequently reduced maintenance costs. A valve drive with rigidly mounted rocker arms and a central oil feed is being used for the very first time. What’s more, an integrated oil centrifuge is used to optimize oil defoaming in the engine. A crankshaft with significantly increased rigidity has also been installed.
A new front apron and a new rear end improve the downforce of the new 911 GT3 Cup enhancing traction and performance.
The engineers have also once again focused specifically on driver safety during development. The driver is protected by a solid safety cage and an innovative, bucket-style racing seat that is molded particularly heavily around the head and shoulder area. The enlarged rescue hatch in the roof, in line with the latest FIA standard, makes it easier to provide initial treatment and recovery following an accident.
The new 911 GT3 Cup will be used in the 2017 race season, initially exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which is held alongside FIA Formula One World Championship races, and in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, as well as in North America. As of 2018, the car will also be available for the other brand cups.
In total, Porsche is organizing 20 of these race series for customer teams around the world, with the 911 GT3 Cup being used exclusively.
The 911 GT3 Cup can already be ordered now at Porsche Motorsport in Weissach. The price is $213,000 USD plus tax (€189,000).