Numerous changes enhance drivability of popular customer racing car
MISSISSAUGA – September 2, 2011 — For racing customers all over the world, the Porsche 911 GT3 R is extremely popular for its speed and its forgiving handling. It is exactly these characteristics that have been targeted for improvements in the 2012 model year. Engine output has increased by 20 hp, now totaling 500 hp. Paddle shifters on the steering wheel ensure gear changes are even quicker and simpler, making it easier for racers to concentrate on braking. Moreover, the transmission electronics, featuring an automatic throttle blip control, make it almost impossible to miss a gear and over-rev the engine. A softer anti-roll bar on the front axle reduces understeer.
The power increase of the rear-mounted 4.0-litre flat-six was achieved through optimizing the intake system. The gearing of the sequential six-speed dog-type gearbox was adapted to the higher maximum output. In order to bring the power to the tarmac safely and to assist race drivers, the 911 GT3 R has featured a sophisticated traction control system, standard since the 2010 model year. An efficient race-tuned ABS assists braking.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 R will be delivered to teams around the world starting in November 2011. The vehicle costs 304,500 Euro plus the value added tax of respective countries. The Porsche 911 GT3 R from the 2010 and 2011 model years can be up-graded to the 2012 spec. An upgrade kit is available from Porsche Motorsport for 43,100 Euro.
The 911 GT3 R represents the mid-range of Porsche’s customer racing vehicles. The 911 GT3 Cup, as the top-selling race car in the world, serves as its basis. Ranking above the 911 GT3 R is the 911 GT3 RSR, built for GT2 racing, which competes in series like the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and at the Le Mans 24 hour race.