Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car revealed

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Porsche has tonight unveiled the new edition of its GT3 Cup car at the company’s ‘Night of Champions’ event in Weissach.

Based on the forthcoming 991 GT3 model, the Cup version is powered by a naturally aspirated 3.8-litre flat-six engine, developing 338 kW (460 hp), a 7 kW (10 hp) improvement over its predecessor. A first for a Porsche brand trophy race car is the addition of a flappy paddle-controlled six-speed dog-type transmission.

Notable features include front dive planes, a splitter, adjustable rear wing and polycarbonate rear and side windows, while the newly-designed one-piece wheels wear Michelin race slicks measuring 27 centimetres and 31 centimetres in width, an increase of 2 cm and 1 cm respectively. We really hope those mirrors make it onto the road car.

Moving inside, there’s a newly-developed race seat, multifunctional steering wheel with quick-release coupling and a welded-in roll cage. There’s also a rescue hatch in the roof allowing medical staff to extract the driver following an accident.

“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,” said Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard.

The cars are designed to compete in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series, which supports each Formula 1 race in the calendar, with prices starting at €181,200 before VAT.

[Source: Porsche Motorsport]

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