(2016-2020) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 4.0 (991.2) – Ultimate Guide
Official photos: 2016 September 29 / Premiere: 2016 September 29, Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’automobile)
Before the production of the 911 991.2 GT3 Cup, 3031 units of the 911 GT3 Cup were built in the 996, 997 and 991.1 generations. Porsche was the most-sold GT racing car in the world. Naturally!
The rear of the world’s most-produced GT racing car now houses a 4-litre, six-cylinder flat engine for even more drive. Thanks to thoroughbred motorsport technology, the compact engine with direct fuel injection delivers peak performance of 357 kW (485 hp).
A range of innovative details also improve efficiency in addition to engine performance, ensuring even better durability of the naturally aspirated engine in racing mode and reduced maintenance costs. A valve drive with rigidly mounted rocker arms and a central oil feed is being used for the very first time. What’s more, an integrated oil centrifuge is used to optimise oil defoaming in the engine. A crankshaft with significantly increased rigidity has also been installed.
Front apron and rear end improve the downforce of the new 911 GT3 Cup
A new front apron and a new rear end improve the downforce of the new 911 GT3 Cup and therefore enhance traction and performance. The prominent 184-centimetre wide rear wing has been retained from the predecessor model. The wheel dimensions are also unchanged: One-piece 18-inch racing rims with a central locking mechanism are used – with 270-millimetre Michelin racing slicks on the front axle, and a massive 310-millimetre tread on the rear axle. The intelligent aluminium-steel composite construction ensures maximum rigidity and a lightweight body. The new 911 GT3 Cup is ready to race weighing in at just 1200 kilograms.
The engineers have also once again focused specifically on driver safety during development. The driver is protected by a solid safety cage and an innovative, bucket-style racing seat that is moulded particularly heavily around the head and shoulder area. The enlarged rescue hatch in the roof, in line with the latest FIA standard, makes it easier to provide initial treatment and recovery following an accident.
Porsche manufactures the 911 GT3 Cup on the same production line as the 911 road car in its main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The basic race tuning is performed at the Weissach motorsport centre, where vehicles are also thoroughly tested by a professional race driver prior to delivery to the customer. Some 3031 units of the 911 GT3 Cup have been built in the 996, 997 and 991 model lines since 1998. This makes the brand cup racing car from Stuttgart the most-produced and most-sold GT racing car in the world.
The new 911 GT3 Cup will be used in the 2017 race season, initially exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which is held alongside the Formula 1 races, and in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, as well as in North America. As of 2018, the car will also be available for the other brand cups. In total, Porsche is organising 20 of these race series for customer teams around the world, with the 911 GT3 Cup be-ing used exclusively.
The 911 GT3 Cup can already be ordered now at Porsche Motorsport in Weissach.The price is 189,900 euros excluding country-specific VAT.
|Modification||MY2017 911 991.2 GT3 Cup 4.0||
MY2013 911 991.1 GT3 Cup 3.8
|Power||357 kW @7500 rpm||
338 kW @7500 rpm
|Tyres||27/65 + 31/71||27/65 + 31/71|
|Brakes||380 mm||380 mm|
|Weight||1200 kg / 2646 lb||
1175 kg / 2590 lb
|Power-to-weight||135 W/lb / 298 W/kg||
131 W/lb / 288 W/kg
Premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
In 2017, the 911 GT3 Cup 4.0 is used in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which is held alongside the F1 races, and in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. From 2018 it will be available for other Porsche Cup series. In total, there are around 20 race series in the world exclusively for the Porsche GT3 Cup cars. Porsche racing cars are sold directly by Porsche Motorsport in Weissach.
For the 2018 season, 339 new GT3 Cup 4.0 cars were ordered. Never before have so many racing vehicles of one type been manufactured for one season – the 911 GT3 Cup remains the world’s top selling race car.
After winning the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup France and taking 2018 Le Mans 24h class victory (youngest ever at 18), Julien Andlauer won the 2019 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Before the last race, Andlauer was leading the championship with 15.5 points in front of his team mate Michael Ammermüller. In the race Andlauer made a driving mistake and finished 9th, but managed to win the championship with just 2.5 points ahead of Ammermüller.
Because of the coronavirus, the 2020 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany starts in September.