Battle on the tracks: if the Italians show their engines, the Germans too

The appearance of the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 R does not vary much from the current one, which dominates almost all GT championships, but the changes are under the skin

It seems as if it only took Ferrari to unveil its new GT car for Porsche to react immediately. Although it was not. Everything was already organized. Actually, on Friday those from Maranello came forward, because last weekend, Taking advantage of the magnificent setting of the Belgian circuit of Spa Francorchapms, the photos of the toughest rival that the Italian cars will have in the GT championships in 2023 have appeared. And to be honest, the equation is reversed, because the king is Porsche and the challenger is Ferrari.

The car will be called the same, Porsche 911 GT3Rbut in the new specification, the similarity with its predecessor will basically be in the name and model of the car, because there is a great evolution between the one that dominates the GT championships since 2019 and the one that will start the new cycle next year.

As the modifications were intended to make driving more comfortable for the amateur drivers who nurture GT racing, the rear wing and large diffuser on the floor are essential to provide greater support to the drive wheels.
As the modifications were intended to make driving more comfortable for the amateur drivers who nurture GT racing, the rear wing and large diffuser on the floor are essential to provide greater support to the drive wheels.

Mechanically, the new racing car will have the same naturally aspirated 6-cylinder Boxer engine from the street 911, a decision that they have been holding to give the identity they want to a car that has marked the history of Porsche and has that mystique of being a sports car. who can run and win on the tracks.

But even if it maintains the same architecture, They have increased the cylinder capacity from 3,997 cm3 to 1,194 cm3, with which they have gained about 15CV of power. The transmission is the 6-speed sequential one operated from the steering wheel, but what stands out the most from Porsche is the way in which those 565CV are transmitted to the ground, with a less aggressive progression, ideal for non-professional drivers who usually alternate with professionals at the wheel in GT races.

Over time, the profile of the Porsche 911 race cars has become more and more stylized, and today, although it fully identifies with its roots, the change can be seen with the naked eye.
Over time, the profile of the Porsche 911 race cars has become more and more stylized, and today, although it fully identifies with its roots, the change can be seen with the naked eye.

The idea of ​​making driving less demanding for “Gentleman drivers” is common to all manufacturers. And just as Ferrari did in the 296 GT3 presented on July 29 lastin this 911 GT3 R a better weight distribution between both trains, the suspension geometry and has been redesigned bottom air treatmentespecially in the auction, with a new and most efficient diffuser in the tail of the car.

But since driving comfort was one of the premises for the redesign of the German GT3, longitudinal adjustment of the steering column and pedal has been introduced for the first time, which will allow each driver to change the driving position to your liking.

Another enhancement for more effective pilot change operation is a new quicker and more precise seat belt release system and a modification of the opening of the structural cage that improves entry and exit from the passenger compartment. The headlights were also replaced with new ones. LED technology lightsfundamental in long-term races, since a good part of them are carried out at night.

The more spacious cabin to enter and exit, and the seat and pedal with longitudinal adjustment, are part of the improvements for GT races, where more than one driver per car races
The more spacious cabin to enter and exit, and the seat and pedal with longitudinal adjustment, are part of the improvements for GT races, where more than one driver per car races

“Our task was not to make the new 911 GT3 R even faster, as the performance windows set by the ‘BoP’ cancel out this advantage. But it was getting our customers to be able to ride at a high pace for longer. For this reason we focus, fundamentally, on ease of driving. This is reflected, for example, in the new 4.2-litre engine, which has a wider usable rev range. In addition, the aerodynamics are more constant and stable, and the rear tires bear less load, which allows them to exploit their potential to a greater extent.”said sebastian golzresponsible for the 911 GT3 R Project in porsche motorsportduring the presentation, this weekend in Belgium.

It is arguably the most affordable thoroughbred race car on the market, although its cost is far from low. Porsche has published the price of the 911 GT3 R that can now be ordered, and it will cost 511,000 euros without taxeswhich depending on the place in the world to which it is exported, can exceed the €610,000.

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