The following is a guest post by Ryan Konko. Ryan Konko is an expert in the automotive industry and currently holds the position of Senior Motoring Editor at www.MotoringExposure.com. MotoringExposure is an automotive website that is dedicated to providing the latest tuning car news, fast cars, and high-end motoring lifestyle.
Porsche and motorsports go hand-in-hand. The German automaker has seen its sports cars compete in virtually every kind of racing all over the world and achieve great success. One of the most successful and popular race cars from Porsche has been the 911 GT3 Cup that continues to compete on a global scale. After seeing 2,395 units produced since 1998, the automaker has unveiled the next step for the platform with the new 911 GT3 Cup (991).
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car is based on the all-new 991-generation chassis that is slower, sleeker, wider, and better in virtually every aspect when it comes to performance than its predecessor. Sitting above that rear axle is a new 3.8-liter flat-six engine that churns out a healthy dose of 460 horsepower through a six-speed dog-style gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
All of your favorite motorsports goodies are worn on the exterior of the new GT3 Cup. A large rear spoiler generates a big chunk of downforce and is balanced out by a rear diffuser and front spoiler for balanced handling dynamics. Even the fenders protrude to cover the extended front and rear axles. The added with comes from new Michelin racing slicks that are a total of 27- and 31-cm wide at the front and rear, and new center-locking, single-piece aluminum race wheels developed by Porsche Motorsport that measure 10.5 x 18.0 up front and 12.0 x 18.0 at the rear.
But that’s not all as far as the fun stuff goes. The chassis benefits from a new race braking system that utilizes steel 380 mm slotted and internally-vented discs up front with six-piston aluminum fixed calipers and four-piston units at the rear for unrelenting stopping power on the race track.
While performance was the name of the game with Porsche on the new 911 GT3 Cup, driver safety was also a big concern. A newly designed roll cage was developed and provides a safety net around the driver along with a newly designed seat with added head and neck padding that can be tailored to different drivers. An innovative rescue hatch was also installed on the roof so that rescue teams can extract the driver or administer medical attention in the case of an accident. Porsche Custom Wheels
Porsche will build the new 911 GT3 Cup (991) Stuttgart- Zuffenhausen on the same factory production line as the road-legal 911. After final production, each car will be tested by a factory race driver before it is sent to customers with a price tag of 181,200 Euro plus country-specific tax.