Porsche GT3 RS Active Wing Patent Uncovered

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Porsche files patent for active rear wing ahead of GT3 RS launch.

The idea behind active aerodynamics when speaking about a car's rear wing is relatively simple. At speed, one can reduce the angle of a spoiler or wing to improve efficiency as the car cuts through the air, and when braking, the spoiler or wing can get a more aggressive angle to more easily slow the car. This sort of thing has been seen on everything from the mighty Bugatti Chiron to the humble Audi TT, but only the likes of Koenigsegg with its One:1 and Jesko Absolut or McLaren with its Senna have made the suspended active wing popular. The new 911 GT3 gets a manually adjustable top-mounted wing, but its more extreme RS sibling needed something more akin to what you see on a supercar. Why? Allow us to explain.

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German Patent and Trade Mark Office

In patent documents uncovered by CarBuzz, we learn that the 911 GT3 RS is indeed getting an active rear wing. Like other active rear wings, this will be using mechanical actuators to adjust the angle of attack of the wing for the benefits outlined above. However, Porsche has decided to make the new wing a double-decker, much like the Drag Reduction System (DRS) wings seen on Formula 1 cars. As all 911s have their engines in the rear, Porsche had to package things like the electronic controllers in a unique manner (although this is not specifically covered in the filing). To avoid overlap with other manufacturers who may come up with a similar package, the automaker has patented its specific design.

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We first broke the news about the car getting this system back in May of this year, but many spy shots and videos since then have confirmed its existence. Porsche's GT boss, Andreas Preuninger, has also been very open about the marque's decision to vastly improve the aerodynamics of the GT3 RS with an active wing to further enhance its handling ability, but like that of the regular GT3, close-up images show that the wing will still retain manual adjustability.

This means that you will have to choose the primary angle of attack when setting your GT3 RS up, but when chasing high speeds, the wing will automatically become slightly more streamlined. When rear-end grip or extreme braking requires more downforce, the aero aid "closes" to the position of a typical wing. Want to see it in action? We've got you covered.

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