There is always one version of the factory built Porsche 911 that stands head and shoulders above the rest of its backwards engineered brethren. The 911 GT3 is the choice of seasoned racers with a high revving naturally aspirated flat six and a track tuned suspension. The GT3 offers true race car performance in a street vehicle.
Before the new 911/991 graces the Frankfurt Motor Show floor,Porsche is wrapping up the current 911 series with the 2012 GT3 R racing car, a model that has been successful due to great handling and speed. The new model year takes those features even further with added horsepower and accessories.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R is powered by a four-liter, six-cylinder flat engine that delivers a total of 500 HP, an improvement of 20 HP thanks to the optimization of the intake system. The six speed sequential gearbox was then adapted to the higher maximum output and paddleshifters were installed on the steering wheel for easier and faster gear changes. The transmission electronics, featuring an automatic throttle blip control, further facilitates gear changes. The race-ABS braking system rolls over from the previous model years, as does the sophisticated ex-works traction control.
The new GT3 R is still placed between the GT3 Cup and the 911 GT3 RSR, and will be used in competitions starting next year. It will be put on sale in November 2011 at a price of 304,500 Euro, or about $434,000 at the current exchange rates. If you just so happen to own a 2010 or 2011 GT3 R, don’t fret, Porsche is giving current customers the chance to upgrade their models to the 2012 specifications for 43,100 Euro, or about $61,000.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R is always ready for a race with its four-liter six-cylinder boxer engine delivering a total of 480 HP and its six-speed sequential gearbox that transmits the power to the rear axle, but what happens when a racing team grabs hold of it? The short answer is, well, nothing really. Why would anything need to be changed when this new racer delivers 40 HP than the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S and only weighs roughly 2,645 lbs? What can happen, though, is for racing team, MRS (Molitor Racing Systems), to restyle the Porsche and enter it into the ADAC GT Masters at Red Bull Ring on August 12-14, 2011.
With the help of "car wrapping specialist" Cam Shaft, MRS has completely wrapped the Porsche GT3 R in a matte blue foil with red and black accents to help the race car stand out above the rest. The freshened up look is still coupled with the standard GT3 R’s roll cage for added protection and its driver-focused cockpit. These items go well with the new GT3 R’s easier handling and drivability.
The Porsche GT3 R will be driven by two former MRS pilots, Norbert Siedler and Christian Engelhart, during both runs on Saturday and Sunday.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - the most successful race car on earth - has been improved even further for the 2012 model year. This year’s model gets the added bonus of a 100-liter FT3 safety fuel tank which is filled via an opening in the front bonnet. This new tank will make the GT3 Cup an even stronger opponent for a number of endurance races.
The Porsche GT3 Cup is based on the lightweight 911 GT3 RS (997) street sports car and will feature the same six-cylinder engine, but will be combined with a race exhaust system with a controlled catalytic converter to keep emissions to a minimum. This setup will mean that the GT3 Cup will push out a total of 450 HP at 8,500 rpm.
The 911 will also receive light alloy rims measuring 9.5Jx18 with 25/64-18 Michelin race tires. The new wheels will be combined with blade-type anti-roll bars at the front and rear adjustable in seven positions and PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake that will reduce the car’s weight by around 44 lbs. The interior will receive a special racing steering wheel with the controls for the info display right on it.
The 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will be delivered to teams around the world from September and will be run in this specification for the 2012 and 2013 race seasons. It is priced at 161,750 Euro or about $234,000 at the current exchange rates.
It wasn’t that long ago when the first rumors for a more powerful Porsche 911 GT3 RS version began and now we have the official specifications for that model that map out a more powerful engine (duh) and improved aerodynamics. The vehicle will debut in July 2011 and prices will start at 178,596 euro including 19 per cent value added tax and country-specific equipment, or about $261,964 at the current exchange rates. Only 600 units will be made.
Details were so sketchy at first that we didn’t know if Porsche was for real, or just playing a really sick joke. Thankfully, this is as real as it gets with the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 utilizing a 4.0 liter engine producing an incredible 500 HP and 339 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be mated to a six-speed sports transmission optimized for low weight and high efficiency.
Weight is always an issue when wanting to make fast cars go faster, so Porsche made sure that was addressed with the GT3 RS 4.0. Many changes were made to the interior of the vehicle to drop weight, including the deletion of the air conditioning system and the addition of carbon fiber.
UPDATE 07/13/2011: Rennlist Forums has posted new images of the GT3 RS 4.0. Some were taken at the Porsche museum and some at the Nurburgring race track, but all reveal a beautiful black and white GT3 RS! Check out the gallery to see them all!
UPDATE 07/25/2011: Philip Raby from Total 911 Magazine got the chance to spend a couple of hours with the 911 GT3 RS 4.0. See what he thought of the more powerful Porsche after the jump!
UPDATE 07/27/2011: On the evening before the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a special preview evening was held to unveil the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 to UK customers. The car was introduced by Andreas Preuninger, Head of GT Cars. Check out the video to see what an unveiling of the most hard core street legal 911 looks like.
UPDATE 05/11/2012: Porsche has unveiled a very cool video featuring Patrick Long behind the wheel of the 911 GT3 RS 4.0. The three-time ALMS GT2 Driver’s Champion and Le Mans winner is Porsche’s only American Factory Driver. When at the Porsche Sport Driving School at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, Patrick took the opportunity to help fellow Porsche driver Hurley Haywood with one of his morning routines: Fetching a cup of coffee as fast as possible. Enjoy!
More details on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 after the jump.
In their latest episode, Fifth Gear took to the road with two rather impressive sports cars: the special edition BMW M3 GTS and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Vicki Butler-Henderson was behind the wheel of the M3 GTS and literally fell in love with the vehicle’s performance, as well as the fact that it had air conditioning and a stereo, two things the Porsche doesn’t have. Tiff Needell, on the other hand, favor his Porsche GT3 RS which is much cheaper than the BMW. Both drivers made their arguments on the track, so you’ll have to watch the video to see which sports car reigned supreme.
But first, the stats. The BMW M3 GTS is powered by a 4.4 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 450 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 189 mph. The GT3 RS is powered by a 3.8 liter six-cylinder that delivers a total of 465 HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.
Akrapovic is widely known for attaching their exhaust systems to some of the nicest cars on the market. Vehicles such as the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Mitsubishi Evo X have all received this treatment. Now, with its 500 HP naturally aspired engine, the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is one of the most impressive cars available on the market, but Akrapovic have provided what we are going to call a tuning detail to further tweak its performance.
Akrapovic actually has five different exhaust systems which will increase the engine’s output by up to 17 HP, depending on the version chosen. The first system is an Evolution exhaust system that will add 12 HP and 10 lb-ft. Then there is the Evolution Race which will add 17 HP and 16 lb-ft of torque. The Sports cup version will add 8 HP and 11 lbs-ft and the Slip-On exhaust system will add 4 HP and 2 lbs-ft. Finally, there is the Slip-On Race version that adds more horsepower and torque, although those numbers are not specified. All of these systems will include titanium link pipes with exhaust valves and a titanium end muffler.
Porsche managed to overtake the competition this past weekend at the Nurburgring 24 hours race with a new distance record of 156 laps and 3,958.968 kilometers. Driven by Porsche works drivers, Marc Lieb (Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany), Romain Dumas (France) as well as Lucas Luhr (Switzerland), the Porsche GT3 RSR won the 39th running of the long distance classic in the Eifel.
"We already knew before the start that we could only win if we worked together as a team, from the drivers through to the mechanics. And this worked very well for the entire time," Timo Bernhard said. Indeed, aside from the usual tensions on the track, there was just one truly critical situation – strangely enough in the pits. Lucas Luhr: "During a pit stop the petrol pump didn’t work. Fuel simply didn’t come out. So we had to push our car back to another pump and in doing so lost almost a minute."
We don’t know if German tuner, Magnat, is just really late or really early, but they have just revealed a new tuning package for the Porsche GT3 called "Snowmobile." Yeah, it’s a tuning package called ’Snowmobile’ and they revealed it at the start of Summer. Luckily, the only thing the vehicle has in common with snow is its snow white exterior paint job, and maybe the snow bunny strategically placed on the side. Other than that, Magnat has provided the Porsche GT3 with a boost in power and first class Hi-Fi equipment.
For the engine update, the tuner has built in a motor electronics adaptation, a modified exhaust system with sport catalysts, and suction tubes optimization. This step is the "RS step 3" and will increase the engine’s power from a standard of 435 HP to 462 HP, while top speed will be also increased to 197 mph.
Other than the pure white exterior paint job and black racing stripes, the only other modification done to the outside of the vehicle is a new set of 19" Ultraleggera HLT CT by OZ wheels. That’s because most of the tuner’s attention was focused on the interior. Magnat added leather and Alcantara, as well as high gloss paintwork, but the pièce de résistance is a 2,100 watts sound system. This system has new speakers with anodized PP membranes, high performance voice coils, and the 1” textile tweeters. It also includes a down-fire subwoofer casing with a 10” woofer and the Magnat Black Core 5 channel amplifier for supreme sound quality.
Trying to figure out which subject in these photos is the bigger star is a little unsettling so we’ll give a little information on both to satiate the automotive and carnal desires that are surely present. The sexy lady in the photos is model Shellee Nemechek who hails from Texas and the vehicle placed directly behind her is the beautiful Porsche GT3 modified by AutoDynamica, also out of Texas. Now that that’s covered, let’s move on to the real business. What’s this Porsche GT3 all about?
The tuning package provided by the American tuner isn’t exactly the tuning package to end all tuning packages, but it has its flair. It carries an electric program for the engine ($1,400) that was measured at the wheels on a Mustang Dynamometer four-wheel drive at 500 hp (a standard GT3 delivers 435 HP). Next to the engine update, AutoDynamica is also offering a new set of Brembo brakes ($4,990), a new exhaust system ($4,075), and a new set of wheels, offered in any size from 19" to 21" ($2345).
Like we said, it’s not the best tuning package for a Porsche, but they were smart enough to put the beautiful Ms. Nemecheck in the pictures, so it’s all worth it.
You know Le Mans season is fast approaching when teams set to compete in the legendary race are one by one introducing their 2011 racers to the public. One team that’s scheduled to participate in the 24-hour endurance race is Flying Lizard and today, the team officially unveiled a special edition livery for the No. 80 and No. 81 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR race cars that will compete in Le Mans. The livery, which was created by California-based artist Troy Lee, celebrates the rich and esteemed history of Porsche at Le Mans, highlighted by the 28 drivers that have won the world-famous endurance race while driving a Porsche.
Although the design is similar for both cars, they sport different color schemes - candy metallic orange for the No. 80 and candy metallic blue for the No. 81 - with the primary colors providing backdrop for the driver names and flags that weave throughout the design of the race car.
The 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is powered by a 4.0-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine mated to a six-speed gearbox, producing an output of 455 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and a peak of 332 lb/ft of torque.