Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: More air, more power

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: More air, more power

Porsche’s GT3 RSR race car has been developed even further for the 2012 motorsport season. The ‘customer’ sports car based on the 997 has been widened by 48mm and also has a new system of air-intake ducts.

In addition, the diameter of the front wheels has grown by 30mm to 680mm. The rear-mounted 4.4-litre boxer engine gives 460HP (up another 5HP) and the sequential six-speed Porsche gearbox is operated via shift-paddles on the steering wheel. The nose of the car and the rear panels have been adapted to accommodate the widely flared wheelarches, while there is new ducting to take the intake air to the engine bay: the air now flows through openings in the rear side panels, as per the road-going model. This is no street-legal track car – it’s a real, purpose-built racing car eligible for such events as the Le Mans 24 Hours, FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans Series and American Le Mans Series. The price is 498,000 euros – almost 10,000 euros more than its predecessor. Without taxes.

Text: Classic Driver
Photos: Porsche