Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

11 Dec, 2012 8:45am Damion Smy

The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car gets 453bhp and a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox

Porsche has revealed a race-ready version of its latest 911. The 911 GT3 Cup, which will be built on the same production line as road-going versions of the 911, is a lightweight, stripped out 991 that’s been designed for a one-make race series.

Its aggressive body kit, low ride height and massive rear wing are the clearest racing additions, but the 911 GT3 also gets lightweight wheels and body panels to reduce weight by around 40kg over a regular 911. Powered by a 453bhp version of the 3.8-litre flat-six engine, it has 9bhp more than the previous GT3 racer.

The GT3 Cup will use a six-speed gearbox with steering wheel-mounted shifters – the first time a 911 has not featured a traditional H-type manual gearbox. There’s also an uprated braking system and wider Michelin slick tyres for even more grip.

Porsche says that it has placed emphasis on driver safety, with a newly developed driver’s race seat that’s adjustable around the shoulder and neck area for better support. There’s also a more rigid roll-cage and even an escape hatch for drivers, making it the safest 911 GT3 ever.

The roadgoing version of the Porsche 911 GT3 won't be quite as radical as this but it won’t differ greatly from the car you see here, with most of the usual road car luxuries removed in the name of weight reduction and absolute performance.

While the racecar costs around £145,000, the roadgoing version of the Porsche 911 GT3 is expected to cost around £100,000 when it arrives in showrooms late next year.