Finally Porsche has released technical details and more pictures of the new 911/991 GT3 Cup car, to be used in Carrera Cup racing from the 2013 season.
The new GT3 Cup debuted on Porsche’s annual ‘Night of Champions’ at Weissach. This latest GT3 Cup is powered by a 3.8-litre flat six producing 460 hp (338 kW) at 7,500 revs, 10 ponies up on its predecessor. A six-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport is operated by shift paddles at the steering wheel for the first time in a Porsche trophy race car.
The one-piece centre mount race wheels are newly designed by Porsche Motorsport. Michelin race slicks are 20mm wider up front (27 cm overall) and 10mm wider at the back (31 cm). New brakes are 380mm up front with six-pot and four-pot calipers respectively front and rear.
An all-new safety cage protects the driver, with a new-look race seat. A roof-mounted rescue hatch provides easy access for primary medical attention and driver extrication.
“The new car is easier at the limit,” says works driver Timo Bernhard, recently returned from injury and set straight to work on Cup car development. “The 991 GT3 Cup has excellent balance: new axle geometry is enormously positive for the handling. This new Cup 911 is great fun to drive.”
What do we think of the look? I’m not so sure about those butt-widening horizontal stripes. The high three-quarter view is always tough for 911s – needs a better angle to see it properly. The rear wheels are chunky but look a bit lost versus that towering tail. All Porsche styling is best judged in person.
Cup cars are built alongside the road cars on the production line at Zuffenhausen. From there, they go to Weissach, to receive a basic track set up and be tested by a race driver. Then you’ve got to pay the piper: €181,200 plus the VAT, thank you very much.
Every 40 hours, it needs a new engine. Last time I checked, they were €40k a piece: probably more now. It ain’t cheap, this racing lark! But would be pretty cool to go racing in this machine.