Throughout its history, Porsche has been involved with racing and motorsports often achieving wins, podium finishes, overall victories, and championships. Its cars have been used in almost every form of racing that involves automobiles and has earned the company a reputation that is much respected around the world. This reputation has translated into its success on the road as well as much of the technology developed in racing ends up finding its way into the production models ranging from the forged Porsche rims to flat-six engine technology and drivetrains. The newest model in the Porsche racing stable is the new 911 GT3 Cup which is based on the new 911’s 991 chassis that is a better basis for performance than ever before.
The new 911 GT3 Cup features a number of improvements compared to its earlier versions from the 996 to the 997.2. The 3.8-liter flat-six cylinder engine may have the same displacement as its predecessors, but it now sends 10 additional horsepower to the rear Porsche rims for a total of 460 hp thanks to a new racing exhaust system and RAM air intake system. The large amount of power is sent to the rear wheels through a new six-speed dog-leg gearbox that can be shifted via steering wheel mounted paddle shifters for the first time ever. To ensure that maximum grip is maintained, the factory has installed a mechanically-locking rear differential.
In addition to the drivetrain, much of the bodywork surrounding the car has been refined and now features the new body style from the 991-generation Porsche 911. The front fascia features a larger, more aggressive bumper with side flics, a spoiler lip, and generous air intakes. A new rear bumper has also been fitted and accommodates the new center-mounted exhaust and side vents for the engine. Both the front and rear fenders have been extended to accommodate the wider track due to the bigger Porsche rims that the automaker’s motorsports division developed. The final touch is a large rear spoiler that generates a tremendous amount of downforce and can be adjusted.
Beneath that new bodywork sits a newly upgraded chassis. Bigger Porsche rims now measure 10.5 x 18.0 up front and 12.0 x 18.0 at the rear axle and wear wider Michelin racing slicks to achieve a greater amount of traction. Taking off the center-locking wheels reveals a new braking system that features six-piston monobloc aluminum calipers up front with 380 mm slotted steel discs for better stopping power.
Porsche will begin production of the new 911 GT3 Cup race cars in Stuttgart in the first quarter of 2013. The models will be available for 181,200 Euros without tax.