Porsche unveils all-new 510-hp 2021 911 GT3 Cup race car
The all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a water-cooled four-litre flat-six engine that produces around 510 hp. One of the most striking features of the coupe car is its optimized aerodynamics, thanks to its wide, lightweight body.
Porsche has unveiled the latest generation of its 911 GT3 Cup, the first racing version based on the current 992 generation. It’s also the sports car maker’s first racing car to feature a wide turbo body.
The car is powered by a water-cooled four-litre flat-six engine mated to a dog-type six-speed sequential transmission with paddle shifters, a single-mass flywheel and a sintered-metal racing clutch with three discs.
With around 375 kW (510 hp), the racing car exceeds the output of its immediate predecessor by 25 horsepower.
Its high-revving unit with dry-sump lubrication achieves peak performance at 8,400 rpm, up from 7,500 rpm previously. Three different exhaust systems are also available, depending on the racing series. The racing car can also run on synthetic fuels, significantly reducing CO2 emissions under racing conditions.
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One of the most striking features of the coupe car is its optimized aerodynamics, thanks to its wide turbo-spec lightweight body. The racing car also appears more muscular than before and exceeds the rear width of the previous model by 28 millimeters. It is also distinguished by its additional cooling air intakes in front of the wheels.
The new car also generates noticeably more downforce than its predecessors, thanks in part to its new gooseneck rear wing which offers eleven levels of adjustment.
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Porsche’s main objective for the development of the latest 911 GT3 Cup was to improve performance, achieve a more aggressive design, easier handling and greater durability with less expenditure in terms of time and effort. maintenance. The company says the result is reflected in many aspects of the new racing vehicle. “With its improved performance and optimized cockpit, the new 911 GT3 is the best Cup car that Porsche has ever built,” says Jan Feldmann, project manager for the 911 GT3 Cup.
From the start of the 2021 season, Porsche plans to campaign with the new cup driver in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as well as in the national Porsche Carrera Cups in Germany, France, Asia and Benelux and for the first time in North America. The sports car maker estimates that lap times for the new Cup 911 should be reduced by a good 1%, depending on the track layout.
Date of first publication: December 15, 2020, 08:23 IST