Porsche unveils and details the 911 GT3 R Type 992

Porsche presents the new 911 GT3 R Type 992, which succeeds the 911 GT3-R Type 991.2. It will make its debut in all GT3 categories in 2023 and in the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship WEC from 2024.

With the latest generation of the 911 GT3 R, Porsche is presenting the new racing framework for customer competition. He will examine the GT3 categories worldwide, this 911 GT3 is based on the current generation 992. It is inspired by the 911 GT3 Cup and the 911 RSR.

The car will compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportCar Championship from 2023 and will do its first laps at the 24 Hours of Daytona, like its big brother, the Porsche 963 LMDh, which will race in the first GTP category.

From 2024 it will also feature in the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, allowing the car to compete for the first time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans when the GT3 makes its debut there.

An accessible styled Porsche 911 GT3 R

The development, which began in 2019, focused on improving handling for professionals and gentlemen drivers and exploiting larger power reserves for the different balance of performance classifications (Bop).

“The new 911 GT3 R has big ambitions”says Michael Dreiser, Head of Sales at Porsche Motorsport. “His predecessor has won almost everything there is to win in four seasons since 2019 on the GT3 stage. Her notable achievements include overall victories in the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and also here at Spa-Francorchamps.”

“In the hands of the greatest drivers, it has earned class victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. The new model has to handle a significant workload in the hands of the Porsche customer teams.”

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“We hit the mark with the previous car, which was very successful, so the bar is set high for its heir.”emphasizes Sebastian Golz, Project Manager 911 GT3 R at Porsche Motorsport. “Our task was not so much to make the new 911 GT3 R even faster (the BoP quickly negates this advantage), but above all to make it easier for our customers to drive longer.”

“That requires longevity at the wheel, so we focused primarily on improving handling. This is reflected in the new 4.2-litre engine’s wider usable rev range, more stable and consistent aerodynamics, and reduced stress on the rear tires, allowing them to last longer.”

Presentation of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R Type 992

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A performance gain for the new Flat 6

The heart of the new machine is the near-series engine based on the engine of the 911 of the 992 generation. Four-valve technology and direct fuel injection.

The main innovation lies in the displacement: As with the 911 RSR, the displacement of the new 911 GT3 R has increased by 5% from 3,997 to 4,194 cm33. The engine output was thus increased to around 416 kW (565 hp). Above all, Porsche has optimized the torque and power curve over the entire speed range. Therefore, the new 4.2-liter 6-cylinder is more suitable for gentlemen drivers.

Presentation of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R Type 992

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As expected, the engine of the 911 GT3 R is placed in the rear, but tilted forward by 5.5° to create more space for the diffuser. Auxiliary units were moved forward and down into the space in front of the engine, which had a positive effect on the weight balance.

Gear changes are handled by a sequential 6-speed gearbox derived from the racing 911 GT3 Cup. The driver selects gears using paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, which control an electronic gear actuator for quick and precise shifts.

Presentation of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R Type 992

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The wheel suspension was also modified, starting with the most modern double wishbones at the front and with a multi-link design at the rear. The shocks are from KW and are designed to be easily adjustable. Adjustment changes can be made with shims that don’t require the hassle of realigning the suspension after each adjustment. All of this was done to make the racer more user-friendly.

Monobloc aluminum calipers and discs are supplied by AP. The 390mm front discs are slotted and ventilated, made of steel and compressed by six-piston calipers. The rear discs are 370mm in diameter and fitted with four-piston calipers. Almost all body parts are made of carbon fiber.

Meanwhile, the positioning of the central pivot points of the front axle creates more space for the aerodynamic concept. As with the 911 RSR, the 911 GT3 R features a raised underbody that allows more air to be channeled and reach the diffuser, reducing the vehicle’s pitch sensitivity and helping to increase downforce without increasing drag. The wheelbase, meanwhile, has been lengthened to reduce stress on the rear tires and improve their durability over long distances.

Presentation of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R Type 992

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The driver is offset in the middle of the 911 GT3 R’s cockpit, allowing Porsche to add an ergonomic seat and an improved roll bar to meet the new FIA side impact requirements. The cockpit has proven features in other motorsport categories, such as the 10.3-inch display of the 911 GT3 Cup and a multi-switch concept. Porsche Motorsport is now offering the new 911 GT3 R at a price of 511,000 euros plus country-specific VAT and additional options.

Presentation of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R Type 992

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