A racing car for the road: 911 GT3 RS

A racing car for the road: 911 GT3 RS

Porsche says it has once again broken down the barrier between sports cars and race cars by releasing the new 911 GT3 RS at the Geneva Motorshow.

Orders for this car are now being taken by New Zealand Porsche Centres with deliveries beginning in the third quarter of the year.

The 911 GT3 RS is loaded with the maximum amount of motorsport technology that is currently possible in a street-legal 911, a car that is also suitable for everyday driving says the factory.

Extensive modifications to the drivetrain, aerodynamics and lightweight design enhance performance even more than in the 911 GT3. With a lap time of 7 min 20 secs, the new 911 GT3 RS even beats the lap time of the Carrera GT which holds a 7 min 29 secs time for the North Loop of the Nürburgring.

The 911 GT3 RS is powered by a four-litre six-cylinder engine with 368 kW (500 hp) of power and 480 Nm of torque, combined with a specially developed PDK transmission. The engine, which has the largest displacement and most power of any naturally aspirated engine with direct fuel injection in the 911 family, accelerates the high-performance sports car from zero to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and to 200 km/h in 10.9 seconds. Its combined NEDC fuel consumption is 12.7 l/100 km.

Functions such as declutching by “paddle neutral” – which is comparable to pressing the clutch with a conventional manual gearbox – and speed limiting by the Pit Speed button have been customised for motorsport use.

The roof of the 911 GT3 RS is made of magnesium; carbon fibre is used for the engine and luggage compartment lids, and other lightweight components are made of alternative materials. This makes the RS model around 10 kg lighter than the 911 GT3.

The lightweight roof lowers the sports car’s centre of gravity which improves its excellent lateral dynamics says Porsche. The body comes from the 911 Turbo, and it signifies its status as nearly a race car driving machine with its RS-specific aerodynamic add-on items. The front spoiler lip, which extends nearly to the road, and the large rear wing reinforce the dominant look.

A 30 cm wide recess extends centrally over the CRFP bonnet and the magnesium roof. This feature is a stylistic reference to the recess on the luggage compartment lid of the classic 911 models with air-cooled engines, and today it identifies the two largest lightweight components in the 911 GT3 RS. Another characteristic is the unique front wheel arch air vents that extend into the upper section of the wings – just as in pure-bred motorsport cars. They increase downforce at the front axle.

The chassis of the 911 GT3 RS has been tuned for maximum driving dynamics and precision. Rear-axle steering and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with fully variable rear axle differential lock increase agility and dynamics, and the wider front and rear track widths enable even better roll stability than in the 911 GT3.

In addition, the 911 GT3 RS comes with the widest tyres of any 911 model as standard. The results: even more agile turn-in characteristics and even higher cornering speeds.

The interior design of the 911 GT3 RS with Alcantara elements is based on the current 911 GT3. One key new feature is the full bucket seats, which are based on the carbon bucket seats of the 918 Spyder. Other standard features are the Club Sport Package with a bolted-in roll cage behind the front seats, preparation for a battery master switch, and separately provided six-point safety harness for the driver and fire extinguisher with mounting bracket.

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