Porsche 911 GT3 R
You’ve probably read plenty about the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the race car for the street. Now the German performance car maker has unveiled their latest pure customer racing 911.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R is a competition vehicle that will make its motorsport debut at the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona. This is a serious track machine. Although the road legal GT3 RS shares many components, especially under the rear engine lid.
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As you would expect with a competition car the GT3 R is very aggressive and purposeful. It has the classic unmistakeable shape of a 911, yet it incorporates modern techniques to make it more aerodynamic and to help create downforce.
At the front you have a facia designed to help with cooling and a front splitter that gives the front end more downforce. The front fenders and hood features a bevelled design that helps keep things cool as well as helping to keep the front end on the ground. The fuel cell sits up front and is refilled through an opening located in the front hood. This pays homage to racing 911s of the past.
At the rear you find a large wing as well as a duck style spoiler. The back of the car features air outlets and diffusers to help keep things cool as well as improve the aerodynamics. It is all capped off by the dual center mounted exhaust.
The type 991 GT3 R’s body is very lightweight with the use of Porsche’s intelligent aluminium-steel composite design. This helps make the total weight of the R just 2,684 pounds.
The interior of the GT3 R is about as focused as you can get. Everything has a purpose and it certainly isn’t for style. The inside is stripped with no sound deadening or carpet.
There is one supportive racing seat and a full integrated roll cage. The door cards are simple and use carbon-fiber to keep weight down. Safety is very important and beyond the cage the R has a safety harness and the needed safety fuel cutoffs.
There are a lot of controls that allow you to turn off or on various systems of the car. The controls are overwhelming at first, but a racing driver will find them quite familiar. The steering wheel is simple and has the most important controls on them to keep them at the driver’s fingertips. The GT3 R also has paddle shifters for lightning fast gear shifts.
Under the rear bonnet you will find a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that is essentially the same unit as is found in the road going 911 GT3 RS. The power plant outputs over 500 horsepower and all that power is sent to the rear wheels through a sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox.
A long endurance race can be very hard on a vehicles brakes. Because of this Porsche reworked the brakes over the road going GT3 RS to help them better perform under the stress of a race.
The suspension features front axle McPherson struts that are adjustable in height, camber and toe. The independent rear suspension is also adjustable as are the front and rear anti-roll bars. All four wheels use centre-locking wheel nuts.
If you are a racing team owner, just how much will all of this cost you? The Porsche 911 GT3 R will cost 429,000 euros (that would be $488,631 at the current rate of exchange) plus applicable country vehicle taxes.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R is a full competition car. Based on its specifications it should be very competitive and we look forward to the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona to see it race for the first time. It may be an expensive machine, but then racing is a costly enterprise.