Frankfurt 2009 Preview: Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Race Car Revealed
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is one of the most widely used competition vehicles in the world, with various single-make racing series devoted entirely to this car. For the first time, it is now based on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS but with significant weight reduction and many upgrades for use on the track. However, the engine is the same 3.8-liter flat six power unit pushing out 450 bhp mated with a sequential six-speed manual gearbox. Total weight is a svelte 2,646 pounds.
The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup features a wider rear body with flared arches and deeper front wheel wells to house 3-piece light-alloy rims measuring 18 x 9.5J at the front axle and 18 x 12J in back, wrapped in Michelin racing tires. A lowered front spoiler lip, massive rear wing and rear dam with vents all help with air flow and downforce. Fully adjustable anti-roll bars and firmer suspension settings are dialed-in for better control. The Porsche GT3 Cup sports PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes which offer reduced weight, significantly longer life and better performance than composite cast brakes. And a racing exhaust system with a fully controlled catalytic converter keeps down dangerous emissions.
The cost for the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is 149,850 Euros or about $213,000. As the saying goes, you can get any color you want as long as it’s Carrera White. Deliveries will start arriving in October. The new GT3 Cup race car will make its official debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and then go on to run in Porsche Mobile1 Supercup (at F1 races), Porsche Carrera Cups (Germany, Asia, Japan, Italy) and GT3 Cup Challenges (in the US and Middle East.)