Porsche has taken its 911 GT3 RS track weapon and turned up the heat to produce its latest ‘track only’ racer.
Meet the 2016 GT3 R - based on the GT3 RS - which Porsche describes as its “customer sport race car for GT3 series around the world”.
The RS’s aerodynamics have been refined for the R, and Porsche has trimmed some fat (not that there is much…) from the RS to get the weight down to 1220kg.
The German carmaker also claims to have improved the handling, reduced consumption, optimised safety and, surprisingly, reduced the cost of servicing and spare parts.
Porsche says the new R is more balanced and predictable through corners than its predecessor, thanks to a better centre of gravity.
The roof, front fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections are all made from a special lightweight carbon-fibre composite, and all the windows (including the windscreen for the first time) are made from polycarbonate.
Power comes from the same 4.0 litre naturally-aspirated flat six-cylinder engine producing 368kW, but this figure is subject to the FIA’s Balance of Performance (BoP).
Drive reaches the road through the 310mm rear wheels via a six-speed sequential constant-mesh gearbox with paddle shifters.
The enormous rear wing (2000mm by 400mm) helps to keep the R’s rump on the road, while a tweaked anti-lock braking system, six-piston racing brake callipers up front with four-piston at the rear and stiffer brake components - designed for long-distance racing - help to bring it all to a halt.
Fuel tank capacity has been increased to 120 litres in the 2016 model, and the tank now features a fuel cut-off safety valve.
The 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R can be ordered immediately in Europe, priced from €429,000 (AU$608,000) plus tax for delivery in December of this year.
No word yet on whether the GT3 R will be offered in any official capacity in Australia.
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