Porsche unveils latest generation 911 GT3 car

The goal during the design and development of the new car based on the 911 GT3-R in the 992 form was to make it “faster longer”, said Sebastian Golz, project manager of the 911 GT3-R at the latest generation.

“Our task was less to make the new 911 GT3-R even faster – the ranking within performance windows set by the Balance of Performance quickly negates this advantage,” explains Golz. “For us, the main thing was that our customers could drive faster with the racing car.

“This requires durability, which is why we focused mainly on better handling characteristics.”

Porsche 911 GT3-R

Porsche 911 GT3-R

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Central to the car’s concept is a larger-capacity version of Porsche’s naturally aspirated flat-six engine, which has been increased from four to 4.2 liters over its predecessor, based on the 991.2 Porsche 911 of the previous generation.

This allowed Porsche to increase torque at the bottom of the rev range by about 9% and in the top half by 4-5%.

The engine is tilted 5.5 degrees front to rear to improve weight distribution and create space 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 nose of the car, which has been made possible by cutting away part of the trunk structure at the front.

Revised front aerodynamics provide cleaner airflow to the rear diffuser below the car.

Together with a larger wheelbase, this has resulted in “more stable and consistent aerodynamics and lower loads on the rear tires,” according to Golz.

Porsche has also focused on reducing the operating costs of the new GT3 by 10% over the car it replaces.

The new car first raced at Porsche’s test track in Weissach in July 2021 and has run 112 hours to date, 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 is not ruling out a test race this year, most likely one of the post-season rounds of the Nürburgring Long-distance Series (formerly the VLN), but its competition debut as a homologated car will be at Daytona in January. 24 hour IMSA SportsCar Championship season opener.

The car will also qualify for the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2024, when the World Endurance Championship and its sister European Le Mans Series adopt the GT3 rules as the basis for a new category to replace the GTE tentatively called LMGT.

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

That equates to the 2022 list price of €459,000 for the current 911 GT3-R introduced before the 2019 season.

However, there are more standard features on the latest car that were extras on its predecessor, including a tire pressure monitoring system.

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Porsche 911 GT3-R

Porsche 911 GT3-R

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