Current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) – Ultimate Guide
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup features the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the world’s best-selling race car. For this season, it’s the new generation. The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the first race car based on the current 911 model series 992. Like everything at Porsche Motorsport, the seventh race car generation is equally as committed to sporting success – it’s a tradition after all. Since 1990, Porsche has built and sold more than 4,250 copies of the world-renowned cup car.
Broad and brutish, the new bolide stands on the tarmac, every inch a thoroughbred race car. This is something also highlighted by the significant changes compared to the 2017 version (991.2): 510 hp, optimised intake manifold, electronic gearshift and power steering, fully digital cockpit, larger rear wing, and a double-wishbone front axle – which means the toe at the front is wider for the first time at 1,920 mm compared to the rear axle (1,902 mm). How a one-make cup race car performs is the foundation for all the exciting races to come. The new 911 GT3 Cup is taking on a great legacy. And it has already proven itself!
Faster than the predecessor.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup produces more downforce with the gooseneck rear wing and a larger front lip. The result: higher cornering speeds and more direct turn-in for faster lap times, especially on winding circuits. A giant leap from the 991 to the 992!
It’s not just the racing teams and drivers who are enthusiastic about this new sporting machinery. Porsche one-make cup fans can also look forward to closer title battles — especially in the 2021 season, when all participants will be busy gathering new data from the race car. Porsche Supercup teams chasing points in the national Porsche Carrera Cups in Germany, France and Benelux might have a slight advantage though. The new 911 GT3 Cup is also used here. Moreover, the car premieres at the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and the recently established Porsche Carrera Cup North America.
The extra power was the first thing I noticed when I left the pit lane. It’s sensational!
Teamwork in the interest of fans and the environment.
There’s no denying it’s a prestigious project when the world’s best-selling racing car comes up for a model change. The development team not only has to weigh up the limits of what is technically possible, but also incorporate input from racing teams across the globe. In addition to top performance and innovations, the teams demand reliability and economic efficiency. Racing, for all its emotions, is a business.
But there’s another element that is fast becoming a key focus in vehicle development in times of advancing global warming: sustainability. The drive unit of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, for example, is designed to run on synthetic fuels – allowing a significant reduction in CO2 emissions when racing. In fact, from mid-2022, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is preparing to run on an innovative, climate-neutral eFuel – generating important insights into climate-friendly combustion engines for Porsche’s road cars.
Digital cockpit with improved ergonomics. Ease of operation and maintenance is a decisive factor for racing teams when it comes to purchasing a new race car. And here the new digital cockpit represents a quantum leap. It is far more driver-oriented – allowing direct access to multiple functionalities via the newly designed steering wheel. A central interface also simplifies data and error analysis.