Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board Oliver Blume, was proud to unveil the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at the Mondial de l’Automobile event in Paris on 29 September 2016. The new model celebrated its global debut at the event in Paris, the latest generation of the world’s best-selling racing car.
With the new 911 GT3 Cup, the Porsche motorsport department has developed the next generation of the production-style GT racing car for the global brand cups. The 1200kg one-seater is powered by a four-litre flat engine delivering 485hp (357kW) featuring variable inlet and outlet camshaft control. A new front apron and a new rear end improve the downforce of the new 911 GT3 Cup and therefore enhance traction and performance, and consequently better lap times.
The engine is completely redeveloped and now features direct petrol injection. Greater durability of the naturally aspirated engine ensures reduced maintenance costs. A valve drive with rigidly mounted rocker arms and a central oil feed is being used for the first time. An integrated oil centrifuge is used to optimise oil defoaming in the engine, and a crankshaft with significantly increased rigidity has been fitted.
The engineers have again focused specifically on driver safety during development. The driver is now protected by a solid safety cage and an innovative, bucket-style racing seat that is moulded particularly heavily around the head and shoulder area. The enlarged rescue hatch in the roof makes it easier to provide initial treatment and recovery following an accident.
Porsche manufactures the 911 GT3 Cup on the same production line as the 911 road car in its main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The basic race tuning is then carried out at the Weissach motorsport centre, where vehicles are also thoroughly tested by a professional race driver prior to delivery to the customer.
The new 911 GT3 Cup will be used in the 2017 race season, initially exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which is held as a curtain-raiser to the Formula 1 races, and in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, as well as in North America. As from 2018, the car will also be available for the other brand cups. In total, Porsche is organising 20 of these race series for customer teams around the world, with the 911 GT3 Cup being used exclusively.
To date, 3031 units of the 911 GT3 Cup have been built in the 996, 997 and 991 model lines since 1998. This makes the brand cup racing car from Stuttgart the most-produced and most-sold GT racing car in the world.
(A technical description of the new 911 GT3 Cup for 2017 will appear in Fact Files shortly)
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