2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car Revealed With First-Ever Paddle Shifters

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Porsche has unveiled its 2013 911 GT3 Cup race car, powered by a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine with 460 hp, which is 10-hp more than its predecessor.

It’s widely considered that the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most successful race car in the world, with 2,395 race cars delivered since 1998. The vehicle unveiled by the German automaker gives a preview of the future production 911 GT3 model and is the first race car based on the seventh-generation 911 sports car.

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The new 911 GT3 will only be seen competing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup next season, as racers in other series will continue campaign the current model before switching to the new car in 2014. The 3.8-liter powerplant is mated to a six-speed, dog-type gearbox that’s been developed by Porsche Motorsport and is operated with shift paddles found on the steering wheel. This marks the first time a Porsche-branded trophy race car will feature paddle shifters.

Newly designed, center-locking wheels adorn each corner of the 991 while the Michelin race slicks have been widened by 2 cm to 27 cm in the front, and 10 cm in the rear to a total of 31 cm. Other upgrades include a newly developed race braking system, new safety cage, new race seat, and a rescue hatch in the roof.

“The new 911 GT3 Cup is much easier to drive at the limit,” says Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard, who was significantly involved in the development of the new vehicle. “The car is excellently balanced. The new axle geometry is enormously positive for the handling. In addition, the new Cup 911 is great fun to drive.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • FordV8Supercar FordV8Supercar on Dec 09, 2012

    Paddle shifters!?See this is what's so wrong with motorsport these days, they're making it so easy for the drivers to do their job that winning comes down to how well the race engineers do their job. I would bet that in the near future, race engineers will have just as much attention and status as the drivers themselves, if not already.