Porsche 911 GT3 R Racer Revealed

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

Porsche has revealed its latest 911 race car.

The GT3 R is based on the road-going 911 GT3 RS, though a number of modifications take this German sports car to the next level.

Powering the GT3 R is a 500-hp 4.0-liter flat six, connected to a sequential six-speed gearbox that is controlled by steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Weight loss is also an important part of the race car and is delivered thanks thanks to aluminum-steel composite components and a body made almost entirely of carbon-fiber composite. For the first time on a 911 race car, all of the windows including the windshield are made of polycarbonate.

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The shape of the body remains nearly the same as the GT3 RS, while a massive rear wing measuring about 6.5-feet in width helps stick this car to the ground. The radiator is now centrally positioned on the race car as well, to help keep the center of gravity down along with improving safety and cooling.

Beefed up stopping power comes courtesy of six-piston aluminum monobloc racing brake calipers combined with ventilated and grooved steel discs in the front, and four piston units in the rear.

Finally, safety was improved by Porsche with a new fuel cut-off safety valve added to the now larger 120-liter fuel cell. Porsche also says that the doors and side windows can be easily removed, while the escape hatch in the roof is now larger.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 R is available now for 429,000 Euros plus country-specific delivery charges. Customers will start receiving the cars in December 2015.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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