Porsche has revealed the first 911 race car based on the current 991 platform. Known officially as the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, it was unveiled during a special “Night Of Champions” celebratory event in Weissach Germany. Long heralded as one of the most successful line of race cars in motorsports, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup first arrived on the scene in 1998 and has sold over 2,395 units during its production run. With the arrival of the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Porsche aims to redefine what the GT3 Cup is all about while continuing the models tradition of success at the same time.
Just like it predecessors, the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was designed to participate in one-make racing events, with the upcoming Porsche Mobil 1 Super Cup being one such event. To make sure the GT3 Cup can keep building on its illustrious race record for years to come, Porsche engineers has equipped the car with a reworked 3.8 liter flat six engine which is good for 460 horsepower (a 10 horse gain over the last GT3 Cup) that can be achieved at a lofty 7,500 RPM. All of this power is delivered to the rear wheels via a race-oriented six-speed gearbox operated by paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The 2013 GT3 Cup’s racing slicks have been slightly widened versus that of the outgoing car and now measure in at 10.6 inches at the front wheels and 12.2 inches in the rear. The new 15 inch ventilated disc brakes for all four wheels have also seen a similar upgrade in size and should further improve the car’s excellent braking performance.
In addition to its stellar track performance, Porsche engineers also focused on driver safety when developing the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. A new safety cage was designed to improve collision protection as well as offer improved protection in the event of a rollover accident, along with a reworked racing seat which was designed to offer more head and shoulder protection while also allowing for easy size adjustment thanks to special padding that is used in the seat itself.
Pricing for the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will start at €181,200 ($234,245) before taxes and other fees are applied. While the GT3 Cup is not road-legal and can only be used on race tracks, The model does offer Porsche fans a sneak preview of the overall styling and performance cues that will highlight the upcoming 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 which is the street-legal version of the GT3 Cup. Porsche has also released a brief video of the 2013 GT3 Cup in action which can be seen below.