For the 2010 motorsport season, Porsche has developed this insane 911 GT3 race car coined the GT3 R. It was created to compete under the international FIA GT3 regulations with a focus to deliver better drivability and easier handling.
The 911 GT3 R is powered by a six-cylinder 4.0 liter engine, which delivers 480hp transmitted to the rear axle by a sequential six-speed ‘dog-type’ gearbox.
The starting point in developing the 911 GT3 R, which weighs just 2,646 lb, was the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, that was first presented at the Frankfurt Show in September and which will compete in the Porsche Supercup supporting selected Formula One races in 2010. However, thanks to its increase in engine size by 200cc, the GT3 R offers 30hp more than the Cup model. Both cars are based on the 911 GT3 RS road car, which goes on sale in February next year.
An anti-lock braking system, traction control and an electronic throttle with ‘blip’ function on gearbox down-changes make it much easier for drivers to get used to the new GT3 race car than its predecessor. This allows the new model to fit more ambitious amateur drivers rather than experienced professionals.
Wider wheel arches front and rear allow a wider track of the GT3 R than on the former model. And like all second-generation 911, the new GT3 R also comes with LED rear light clusters.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R is making its world debut on January 14, 2010 at the Autosport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. The car is built by the Porsche Motorsport Department at the Weissach Development Centre and will be delivered to teams around the world as of spring 2010. The base price of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS is 279,000 Euros (approx $417440 USD).