Say Hello to The New Porsche 911 GT3 R

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

In developing a 911 racing car with over 500 horsepower, special attention was given to lightweight design, better aerodynamic efficiency, fuel economy, improved handling and safety as well as lowering the cost of servicing and spares.

Adopted 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 corners in comparison to the previous GT3 R. By applying systematic lightweight solutions for the body, add-on parts, and suspension, the engineers significantly optimised the centre of gravity position of the GT3 R compared to the last model. 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, including the windscreen for the first time, are made from polycarbonate.

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Powering the new 911 GT3 R is a cutting-edge four-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 ensure a particularly efficient use of fuel. Moreover, the normally-aspirated engine offers significantly better driveability and a broader usable rev range. Power from the rear engine is transferred to the 310mm wide rear wheels via a Porsche sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox. As in the GT road-going models of the 911, the driver changes gears via shift paddles conveniently positioned on the steering wheel.

Porsche 911 GT3 R

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. At the back end a two metre wide wing keeps the rear of the car firmly planted to the road. 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 is improved, the radiator is better protected against collision damage, and the venting of hot air through louvres in the front cover is enhanced.

Porsche 911 GT3 R

The brake system of the 911 GT3 R also underwent further modifications and, thanks to increased stiffness and more precise control of the ABS, is even better suited to endurance racing. At the front axle, six-piston aluminium mono-bloc racing brake calipers combined with 380mm ventilated and grooved steel brake discs ensure the car can stop. Fitted at the rear axle are four-piston calipers and discs measuring 372mm.

Porsche 911 GT3 R

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 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 seat offers drivers even better protection.

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

Porsche 911 GT3 R

Technical description Porsche 911 GT3 R (991)

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

– Water-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine (rear mounted)
– 4 litre; stroke 81.5 mm; bore 102 mm
– Output: over 368 kW (500 hp) subject to FIA BoP (air restrictor)
– Four-valve technology
– Direct fuel injection
– Dry sump lubrication

– Porsche sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox
– Mechanical slip differential
– Pneumatic gear-shift activation (paddle shift)

– Lightweight body featuring intelligent aluminium-steel composite design
– Integrated (welded) roll-cage according to FIA Appendix J
– Removable escape hatch in roof
– Lightweight exterior design:
– CFRP doors, rear cover, rear wing, wheel arches, front and rear fairing
– Polycarbonate glazing
– Removable polycarbonate door windows
– FT3 safety fuel cell, approx. 120 litres, with fuel cut off safety valve in accordance with FIA regulations
– Air jack system (four jacks)

– Front axle McPherson strut, adjustable in height, camber and toe
– Wheel hubs with centre-lock wheel nuts
– Adjustable anti-roll bar blades (left and right)
– Power-assisted steering with electro-hydraulic pressure feed
Rear axle
– Multilink independent rear suspension, adjustable in height, camber, toe
– Wheel hubs with centre-lock wheel nuts
– Adjustable anti-roll bar blades (left and right)

Brake system
Two separate brake circuits for front and rear axles; adjustable by driver via brake balance bar system
Front axle
– Six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake caliper
– Ventilated and grooved steel brake disc, D = 380 mm, aluminium disc bell
Rear axle
– Four-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake caliper
– Ventilated and grooved steel brake disc, D = 372 mm, aluminium disc bell

Front axle
– One-piece BBS alloy wheels according to Porsche specification and design, 12.0J x 18 offset 17, tyre dimension: 300/650-18 front; 13J x 18 offset 37.5, tyre dimension: 310/710-18 rear

– COSWORTH power module IPS32
– Race ABS
– Traction control

– Total weight: ca. 1,220 kg (subject to BoP)
– Overall length: 4,604 mm
– Overall width front axle: 1,975 mm
– Overall width rear axle: 2,002 mm
– Wheelbase: 2,463 mm

By Jean-Paul Hackett