Porsche has simply debuted a brand new 911 buyer race automobile, and though the GT3 R isn’t a brand new nameplate, Porsche’s Byzantine mannequin hierarchy and naming system requires us to first clarify the place the brand new automotive matches in. That is the fourth racing model in as a few years because the unveiling of the present Sort 991 technology of the 911. Beginning first with the 991 RSR, then the 991 GT3 Cup, the 991 GT America and now the 991 GT3 R. However all of this seems to be extra sophisticated than it’s; the RSR is a racing model of the common automotive, the GT3 Cup and GT America are each primarily based on the GT3 street automobile, and had been merely made for various racing sequence. And eventually we’ve the GT3 R, which relies on the GT3 RS highway automotive.
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R
To place it extra merely nonetheless: that is the present final observe-centered 911. And since Porsche labored exhausting to make the GT3 RS as near a race automotive as attainable whereas nonetheless being avenue authorized, not all that a lot has actually been modified. And the GT3 R is more likely to share some race tracks with impatient GT3 RS house owners who couldn’t wait and carried out the modifications themselves.
Exterior 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R
That is really the place essentially the most vital variations exist between the GT3 RS and the GT3 R. The suspension has been lowered, altering it from one thing merely impractical to drive on the road to one thing which is unattainable to take to the grocery retailer. Light-weight supplies are used all through, with a lot of the bodywork being manufactured from carbon fiber, and the elements that aren’t are fabricated from a light-weight aluminum-metal composite.
The carbon-fiber roof replaces the magnesium one discovered on the highway automobile, probably for security causes, though Porsche doesn’t specify. Using plastic home windows is hardly a primary for a GT3, however the this GT3 R marks the primary use of a plastic windshield as effectively. The brakes have been upgraded as effectively, with an emphasis on sturdiness. This is smart for a automobile which shall be used extensively in endurance racing. The automobile is proven right here with a full racing livery, nevertheless it definitely received’t be offered with one, as prospects will likely be including their very own.
The notable half concerning the inside is that there isn’t one to talk of. Being a race automobile, it’s stripped of something nonessential, the identical remedy given to all street automobiles which are transformed to racing. The passenger seat has been eliminated, and the roll cage has been modified from a half cage behind the seats to an everyday FIA-regulation full cage. There’s a regulation gasoline cell as nicely, and the roof escape hatch and driver’s seat have been improved from these of the Kind 997 model of the GT3 R.
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R Drivetrain
Even Porsche is saying that the racing model of the drivetrain is basically the identical as that of the highway automotive. However that may be a supremely good factor to have. The four.zero-liter water-cool flat-six produces 500 horsepower. The flat engine has at all times given the 911 a bonus by way of a low middle of gravity, and Porsche claims that this has been used to a larger impact than ever within the GT3 R. The transmission stays unchanged as nicely, and is a paddle-shifted six-pace sequential unit. It’s the form of factor that purists complain about on the street-going model however which is tough to seek out fault with on a race observe.