A new year is near, and Porsche got some goodies in stored for its Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car. We’ve seen the teaser video to the new 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car testing at the track last week, now the company is officially releasing details of the enhancements on the race car.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car is built on the same assembly line as the seventh-generation production 911 version, which benefits from the new chassis. The new 2013 911 GT3 Cup racer is equipped with 3.8-liter flat-six engine producing 460 horsepower (10 hp more than previous model, which GT3 Cup race has a cap on horsepower). The engine is mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission featuring paddle shifter, which is first time in a Porsche brand trophy race car.
In addition to the revised powertrain, the race car gets an upgraded brake system featuring the 380 millimeter slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle along with six-piston aluminum calipers, while the rear axle features a four-piston version. One-piece racing wheels with large width tires, a new roll roll cage, a new driver seat, and a new rescue hatch on the roof in case of an accident are all added to further enhance the safety and traction of the car.
“The new 911 GT3 Cup is much easier to drive at the limit,” says Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard, who was significantly involved in the development of the new vehicle. “The car is excellently balanced. The new axle geometry is enormously positive for the handling. In addition, the new Cup 911 is great fun to drive.”
The new 2013 911 GT3 Cup racer will hit the track early next year with a price tag of 181,200 euro ($234,000 USD), and a street-legal version will go on sale later. In the meantime, check out its testing video below.