While we’ve gotten a lot of information on Porsche’s latest track car, Carfection spoke with Andreas Preuninger, director of GT cars for the brand, to get some inside information on the supercar.
Those vents on the hood, for instance, may throw some individuals for a loop. The 911 has its engine in the back, so what are two decently-sized vents doing on the hood? As Preuninger points out, those are for the brakes. The vents help funnel cool air directly onto the rotors and calipers, but also help with downforce and drag.
Another fascinating piece on the vehicle is its front lip. Henry Catchpole asked Preuninger why Porsche decided to ditch the dive planes that were on the 911 GT3 RS 4.0. According to him, they weren’t necessary and negatively affected the vehicle’s drag. Interestingly, the new 911 GT3 RS has a hidden aerodynamic component that can help increase downforce. Removable inserts on the bottom of the lip, when properly adjusted with the rear wing, can help increase the car’s downforce. Those parts were borrowed from the GT4.
All of these things make the 911 GT3 RS seem like a hardened supercar. Porsche went through the trouble of ensuring that every little part on the car has a purpose. Or did they?
Enthusiasts will notice another set of vents on the rear fender. Unlike the other vents on the car, the ones at the back have a few ridges and appear to be bigger than others. Well, as Preuninger states, the vents didn’t have to be that big and the ridges don’t actually have a purpose. He wanted to put more “RS” badges in that location, but was overruled by the styling department.
There are a lot of other little details that can easily be overlooked on the new car. To hear all of them, check out the video below.