The Porsche 911 started its run back in 1963 - and oh what a run it is -, but it wasn’t until 1999 that a GT3 version was offered up for our ravenous consumption. It came to complete the series of performance vehicles that started back in 1973 with the 911 RS, a model that was capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and to 100 mph in 13 seconds.
Why the short history lesson? Well, the new generation GT3 has just made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and would be nice to make a comparison between the things that were and the things to come.
The new GT3 is lighter and more powerful than the model it replaces, and it brings innovative features like the first active rear wheel steering in a production Porsche. There is a bad news too unfortunately: the new GT3 will only be offered with a PDK transmission - at least for now!
UPDATE 05/20/2013: Porsche has unveiled a new video further detailing the GT3’s technical highlights. Enjoy!
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The world of motor racing has seen many cross-industry partnerships, but when it comes to Porsche’s racing history, there are two brands that are normally associated with it: Gulf and Martini.
The latter, in particular, has had a long partnership with the German automaker that dates back to 1968. Since then, Porsche racecars dressed in the iconic Martini Racing livery has become the stuff of legends.
With the Italian multinational alcoholic beverage company celebrating its 150th anniversary, it was only right to bring back its racing colors and return to racing.
And it did so with the return of the Martini livery on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup when it competes in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Barcelona, Spain. The car itself will be driven by nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb. Loeb will compete in the first two races, while a still-to-be-determined driver will take the reins of the Porsche racer at a third race later this year.
It goes without saying that Martini Racing’s involvement is not only a way of celebrating its esteemed history as one of the premier alcoholic brands in the world, but also as a hat tip to the bygone days when the two companies won multiple titles together, including a handful of Le Mans 24 hours victories.
As for the car itself, the 911 GT3 Cup is a bonafide bad-boy, built and designed for racing purposes and anchored by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produces 460 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque while mated to a six-speed "dog type" transmission. The racecar’s performance numbers allow it to hit 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.
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The new-generation Porsche 911 GT3 made its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but there is still plenty of time before the new sports car hits showrooms, leaving plenty of time for some extreme testing.
These past few days, Porsche has taken advantage of this time by bringing a new GT3 prototype to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for some hard testing sessions. All we can say is that the 3.8-liter boxer engine found under the hood sounds like music to our ears! Watch the video (above) if you don’t believe us!
The new 911 GT3 delivers a total of 475 horsepower, which is enough to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 195 mph. The problem is that Porsche decided to only offer a PDK gearbox, with no manual alternative being offered for those with a true driving spirit.
According to reports, the new 911 GT3 ran the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under 7:30 minutes.
Porsche scored amazing results with its 911 GT3 RSR race car, so it is no surprise that the company developed a GT3 RSR based on the new 991 generation. The 991-Series 911 GT3 RSR has been unveiled just in time to celebrate 50 years of the Porsche 911.
The new 911 RSR received a series of updates that make it ready for any competition around the world. These updates include a new wishbone front suspension replacing the previously used McPherson struts and a particularly lightweight racing gearbox. Under the hood the racing version keeps the same 460 horsepower 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine as it predecessor.
With the new RSR model, Porshe paid extra attention to a more evenly balanced weight distribution. Lots of aerodynamic components are now made in carbon fiber, like the front and rear mudguards, front and rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches and rear wing. The same material has been used on the interior for the dashboard and the center console.
Exterior updates include new air ducting, a centrally-located radiator, while the front end, front lid and rear panel are fitted with quick release systems and can be replaced within seconds.
During the 2013 racing season, the 911 RSR will be wearing starting number 92 and will be driven by Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria).
Updated 04/23/2013: Porsche has unveiled a new promo video for the new-generation 911 RSR that shows the car testing on the racetrack. Enjoy!
Porsche announced a series of upgrades for the 911 GT3 R that will be used during the 2013 racing season. The model receives an improved aerodynamic kit, upgraded suspension and an array of updated electronic driver assistance systems.
The aerodynamic kit includes new front bumper panels, fenders, sill covers, rear panel and a new rear diffuser. The 2013 GT3 R also received an enlarged and repositioned rear wing. The wheelbase grows by 10 millimeters (0.39 inches), and both front and rear axles are increased by 50 millimeters (1.96 inches). The model will be offered with new wheels, now sized 12 inches wide, instead of 10.9 inches.
Under the hood, the model retains the usual 4-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed sequential dog-type gearbox with pneumatic shift system and operated via shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Customers interested can upgrade their older model to the 2013-spec for a price of €45,500 - around $59,000 at the current exchange rates.
Falken Motorsports announced the first details on its upgraded Porsche 997 GT3 R that will be raced in this year’s VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours events. The driver lineup will remain unchanged and will include: Sebastian Asch, Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger.
The 2013 GT3 R has been upgraded with a new aerodynamic package that includes wider wings, new splitter and double canards, plus a larger rear wing that helps increase downforce. Falken Motorsports also installed enlarged cooling vents around the front, while the wheel arches have also been enlarged to allow the car to ride on larger wheels and tires when compared to last year.
Under the hood, the car will keep the usual 4-liter, flat-six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower.
First tests of the car will be made at the March, 16th at the annual VLN setup day.
Stay tune for more information.
The next-generation 911 GT3 and 911 Turbo are waiting for their official unveiling, but unfortunately this won’t happen until March when the GT3 will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, while the Turbo version will arrive a little bit later.
Fortunately for us, the two models were caught testing very hard on the Nürburgring track and, as you can hear in the video, both models sound pretty sweet. They both seem to take their beating pretty well, as they remain glued to the `Ring’s surface like true racecars.
As a reminder, the 911 GT3 is powered by a normally aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six engine with an output of 450 horsepower — a 15-horsepower bump over the current model. On the other hand in the 911 Turbo model’s engine delivers a total of 550 horsepower.
With the extra 100 horsepower, the 911 Turbo will be a little bit faster than the GT3, so for sure this is the most awaited model in the new 991 generation.
Both models will go on sale late in 2013.
Flying Lizards took their Porsche 911 RSR to the track for the first official practice session during the 2012 Petit Le Mans. The guys over GoPro were just around Road Atlanta circuit and they shot a pretty impressive video using a pair of HERO3 cameras at 2.7K/30fps. Watch the video to hear the amazing sound produced by the racing car!
As a reminder, the 911 GT3 RSR is powered by a 4.0 liter six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers a total of 460 HP. The engine sends its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed gearbox operated via paddle shifts on the steering wheel.
On the exterior the race car received a specially developed aerodynamic package, while the interior received all the updates needed for the race track. The model can be raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the American Le Mans Series, and the International GT Open and is priced at $685,000.
A few weeks ago we brought you the first teaser image of the upcoming 911 GT3 Cup car. Today Porsche has released the first teaser video for the upcoming racecar, which is set to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013 and the World Endurance Championship.
The model will be based on the new generation Porsche 911, but it is believed to carry much of its design elements and technology from the current generation. Under the hood you will find the same 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine as found in the standard GT3, but with some extra ponies added in.
On the outside, the model will receive ultra-wide fenders, an aerodynamic package specially designed for racing and, of course, extra air intakes for better engine cooling. Just like with any other racecar, the GT3 Cup car will be equipped with a high-flow exhaust system, adjustable blade-type anti-roll bars, 18-inch wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes.
Los Angeles based tuner Royal Muffler has unveiled a pretty cool tuning package based on the current generation Porsche GT3 RS. This will keep you busy until Porsche will bring on the market the 991 GT3 RS in 2013.
Royal Muffler’s package is called Satin Blue - a reference to the cool color used for the GT3 RS’ exterior. The tuner opted for a main satin blue and combined it with satin grey and satin white for the racing stripes.
Also, the car’s standard rear wing has been replaced with a new carbon fiber one from GT3R Hybrid. The car sits on a new set of BBS wheels with a black powder coated paint and wrapped in Toyo R888 tires. The new wheels have been combined with a new set of Brembo Type III 2-Piece Floating Disc specially designed for track used. On the interior everything remains unchanged except the roll cage that has been painted.