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2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup officially unveiled [VIDEO ADDED]

Previews the road-going GT3

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Porsche has officially unveiled the 2013 911 GT3 Cup at the company's "Night of Champions” celebration.

Based on the upcoming 911 GT3, the Cup features an evolutionary design with a new front bumper that has a front splitter and carbon fiber canards. There's also a rear wing, a center-mounted dual exhaust system and single-piece racing wheels with wider Michelin racing slicks.

The driver-focused cockpit has a flat-bottomed steering wheel, an angled center stack and a digital instrument cluster. There's also a newly-developed racing seat, an improved roll cage and a roof "rescue hatch" that allows for easy extrication of the driver in the event of a crash.

Motivation is provided by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that develops 460 HP (338 kW) which is 10 HP (7 kW) more than its predecessor. It is connected to a six-speed "dog-type" transmission that is operated via steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

According to Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard, “The new 911 GT3 Cup is much easier to drive at the limit. The car is excellently balanced. The new axle geometry is enormously positive for the handling. Apart from that, the new Cup 911 is great fun to drive.”

The 911 GT3 Cup will be priced from €181,200 (excluding VAT) and will compete exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup beginning next year.

Source: Porsche

New edition of the world’s most successful race car

Stuttgart. The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most successful race car in the world. Since 1998, 2,395 units of the near standard vehicle for customer sport were produced. The new edition of the 911 GT3 Cup is the motorsports version of the future 911 GT3 and as such is the first race car that is based on the seventh generation of the sports car icon from Zuffenhausen. The 911 GT3 Cup will be run exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013. The car for one-make racing made its debut on the occasion of the end of motorsport season “Night of Champions” celebration at the R&D Centre in Weissach.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 3.8-litre six-cylinder flat engine. It generates 460 hp (338 kW) at 7,500 revs, surpassing the predecessor by 10 hp. A six-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport which is operated via shift paddles at the steering wheel for the first time in a Porsche brand trophy race car transmits the power to the rear axle. The single piece race wheels with centre mount were also newly designed by Porsche Motorsport. The width of the Michelin race slicks was increased by two centimetres to 27 centimetres at the front and by ten millimetres at the rear axle to now measure 31 centimetres.

A newly developed race braking system further improves the excellent endurance qualities compared to its successful predecessor. The 380 millimetre slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle are decelerated by six-piston aluminium fixed callipers. The rear axle features a four-piston version.
During the development of the new car a particular emphasis was put on the driver safety. A newly designed safety cage protects the pilot in case of a roll or a collision as does a newly developed race seat which is distinctively shaped around the head and shoulders and can be adjusted individually with the help of padding. A rescue hatch in the roof provides easy access for primary medical attention and for the extrication of the driver.

“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. Apart from that the new Cup 911 is great fun to drive.”

Like its predecessor the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is produced in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen on the same assembly line as the road legal models. At the Motorsport Centre in Weissach it receives a general set-up for the circuit and is tested by a professional race driver before delivery to the customers. The basic price for the vehicle, which is available exclusively in white, is 181,200 Euro plus the country-specific value added tax.

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Comments (5)

 EdBacau EdBacau
Sweet. Is this a new engine, or still the old GT3 block ?
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December 10, 2012 6:24 am
 Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
EHR MEH GERD that thing looks amazing
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December 9, 2012 2:57 pm
 ash_UK ash_UK
That is the most stunning cup car yet! Looks so much sleeker than previous models. If this is a glimpse at the GT3 road car then bring it on! Hope they keep the fixed wing for the 991 GT3 instead of the stealth wings. GT3 should always look raw.
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December 9, 2012 12:36 pm
 Mikeado Mikeado
Scale the wing right down, remove the front canards, and we probably have the exterior of the 991 GT3 road car too.
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December 8, 2012 10:23 pm
 SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
Rear wing is too small.
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December 8, 2012 6:57 pm