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Lighter, More Economical, Faster: The New 911 GT3 R

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Based on the new 911 GT3 RS production sports car, Porsche has designed a customer sport race car for GT3 category racing around the world: the 911 GT3 R.

In developing the 500 hp-plus (368 kW) racing ‘nine-eleven’, special attention was paid to its lightweight design, enhanced aerodynamic efficiency, reduced consumption, improved handling, further optimised safety as well as lowering service and spare parts costs.

Adapted from its production sibling, the 911 GT3 R features the distinctive double-bubble roof, and the 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.

sm338871_M15_1177_fineBy applying systematic lightweight solutions for the body, add-on parts, and suspension, Porsche Motorsport engineers significantly optimised the centre of gravity of the GT3 R compared to the predecessor. The lightweight body design of the 911 GT3 RS production sports car featuring intelligent aluminium-steel composite construction has proven to be the ideal basis for the race car. 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 – comprise of polycarbonate.

Powering the new 911 GT3 R is a cutting-edge 4.0-litre flat-six unit which is largely identical to the high-performance production engine of the road-legal 911 GT3 RS.

Direct petrol injection which operates at pressures up to 200 bar, as well as variable valve timing technology, ensures a particularly efficient use of fuel. Moreover, the normally-aspirated engine offers significantly better driveability and a broader usable rev range.

sm338845_M15_1172_finePower from the rear-mounted engine is transferred to the 310 mm diameter rear wheels via a Porsche sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox. As in 911 GT road cars, the driver changes gears via shift paddles conveniently positioned on the steering wheel.

The aerodynamics of the 911 GT3 R also follows the example of the road car. The distinctive wheel arch air vents on the front fairings increase downforce at the front axle. Measuring two metres in width by 40 cm in depth, the rear wing lends aerodynamic balance. From its 911 RSR big brother, the GT3 R has adopted the concept of the centrally-positioned radiator. By eliminating the side radiators, the position of the centre of gravity was improved, the radiator is better protected against collision damage, and the venting of hot air through louvres in the front cover was enhanced.

sm338865_M15_1179_fineThe brake system of the 911 GT3 R also underwent further modifications and, thanks to increased stiffness and more precise control of the ABS anti-lock brakes, is even better suited to long distance racing. At the front axle, six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers combined with ventilated and grooved steel brake discs with a diameter of 380 millimetres ensure outstanding braking performances. Fitted at the rear axle are four-piston callipers and discs measuring 372 millimetres.

Another development focus was on the safety features of the GT3 R. The capacity of the further-reinforced FT3 safety fuel cell was increased by 12 litres to now hold 120 litres, with the tank now featuring a fuel cut-off safety valve. The doors and the side windows can be removed, and the escape hatch in the roof is now larger. In the event of an accident, the new racing bucket seat offers pilots even better protection.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 R can be ordered immediately for 429,000 Euro plus country-specific VAT and will be delivered from December 2015.

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Technical description Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 991)

Single-seat customer race car based on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Engine

Transmission

Bodyshell

Suspension

Rear axle

Brake system

Two separate brake circuits for front and rear axles; adjustable by driver via brake balance bar system

Front axle

Rear axle

Wheels/tyres

12.0J x 18 offset 17, tyre dimension: 300/650-18 front
13J x 18 offset 37.5, tyre dimension: 310/710-18 rear

Electrics

Weight/dimensions

Car price – 429,000 Euros plus country-specific VAT

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