Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing version debuts

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing version debuts

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
The new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is now on sale to racing teams. It is now based on the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, with the weight of the racing model reduced significantly versus the lightweight road-going version.

This is the first GT3 Cup to feature the 44 mm wider body at the rear, providing sufficient space for even larger wheels. Wider wheel arches at the front are also standard.

Engine capacity is up over the former model, with 30 hp more than before. The 3.8-litre 6-cylinder horizontally-opposed power unit develops 450 hp, and comes with a sequential 6-speed manual gearbox. The GT3 Cup weighs 1,200 kg.

The LED daytime driving lights come straight from the current generation of the 911. The front body panels are the same as on the 911 GT3 RS. The front spoiler lip is however 15 mm lower to provide more downforce on the front axle. Downforce on the rear axle is also increased by the rear wing extended in width from 1.46 to 1.70 metres, and fitted higher up.

A racing exhaust system with a catalytic converter is standard. Another feature exclusive to the Supercup version is PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes also available on Porsche’s road models. Compared with the composite cast brake discs featured on the Carrera Cup cars, this reduces the weight of the car by approximately 20 kg.

The front axle comes with three-piece light-alloy rims measuring 9.5 J x 18 and running Michelin racing tyres. The three-piece light-alloy rims on the rear axle are up by one inch in width, now measuring 12 J x 18.

Additional Unibal joints are featured on the track control arms and the sword-shaped anti-roll bars front and rear are now adjustable to seven different positions on both sides, allowing an even more precise set-up of the car in accordance with the respective race track.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup available exclusively in Carrara White will be delivered to customers as of the end of October 2009. In the upcoming season it will be raced in seven cup trophies, not only in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup before Formula 1 races, but also in the Porsche Carrera Cups in Germany, Asia, Japan, and Italy, as well as the GT3 Cup Challenges in the United States and the Middle East.

The European base price for the track-only GT3 Cup racer is Dhs 780,000.

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