After an extensive round of testing, Porsche has finally readied the updated 911 GT3 R, which builds upon the street-legal 911 GT3 RS.
The customer racer is ready for the 2019 season, featuring a lightweight body construction with aluminum-steel composite. It has a CFRP hood, roof, fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections, and rear ride, and polycarbonate windows.
Porsche says the doors and side windows can be fully removed, and in the redesigned cockpit, which features realigned controls, the new 911 GT3 R has a bucket seat with six-point harness and adjustable pedal box. Carbon fiber Kevlar aluminum construction with energy-absorbing plastic foam within the driver’s door keeps the person behind the wheel safe in the event of a crash.
For the first time, the Porsche 911 GT3 R has air conditioning to keep the driver cool and maintain better concentration and constant performance on the track. “This ensures ideal interior cooling and, thanks to the direct connection to the seat and driver’s helmet, enables particularly efficient cooling of the driver”, says Porsche.
The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 R has underwent some modifications compared to its predecessor. The aerodynamic performance has been improved and is joined by an increased circumference for the front wheels, from 650mm to 680mm (25.6-26.8-in). The racer also benefits from a new double wishbone suspension and improved braking system.
Some of the oily bits are shared with the road-legal Porsche 911 GT3 RS, including most of the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine. The rear-mounted water-cooled unit develops 550PS (542hp / 404kW) and channels them to the road via a sequential six-speed gearbox.
The car can be refilled from the left or the right side, depending on the track’s layout. The safety fuel cell has a 120-liter (31.7-gallon) capacity and will allow the 911 GT3 R to spend less time at the pits.
Pricing for the new racer starts at €459,000 ($545,731) in Germany, without tax, and first deliveries will commence in December.