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.
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