And that was just the start before real-world testing began.
After much fanfare and anticipation, the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 was recently revealed to us, and it sounds like a fantastic machine. Even for those who don't appreciate the performance of such a brilliant vehicle, the GT3 offers something to talk about. Those who do appreciate its abilities have already started speculating on what to expect from the recently-spotted GT3 RS. That car will be even better on track than the regular GT3, and we've already seen how impressive the base GT3 is in the hands of a skilled driver.
But as much as we applaud drivers who are able to push cars like this to the limit, it's the engineers responsible for building the car that truly deserve our praise. Porsche now shines a light on their efforts, all of which are impressive.
Porsche says that the goal of this car was "to further enhance the performance of the high-performance sports car without compromising on everyday usability." But things were made easier because the road car engineers and those from the Porsche Motorsport department worked together. Andreas Preuninger, the director of the brand's GT cars, had this to say: "When we have the same engineers who develop our race cars also working on the design of a new GT car for the road, that is the most direct technology transfer I can imagine."
With such competent minds working on the car, you can be sure that the stunning swan-neck wing on the back of the GT3 is not just there for show. Porsche says that the GT3 spent more than 160 hours in the wind tunnel getting its aerodynamic properties fine-tuned in over 700 simulations. As a result, the new GT3 develops 50 percent more downforce than its predecessor in its base setting and a whopping 150 percent more in max downforce setup.
The engine was also heavily developed, spending more than 22,000 hours on a test rig. It's based on the race engine found in the 911 GT3 R racer, so it has a great foundation. Engine specialist Mader says that the engine in the GT3 differs from that of the GT3 Cup car in just two areas: the exhaust system and the engine control unit. But Porsche still did loads of testing with continuous repetitive simulations that recreate typical circuit use.
However, real-world testing was carried out too. Porsche says it conducted 600 emissions tests during development and also ran the car on circuit at a constant speed of 186 mph for over 3,100 miles (sweet job), stopping only to refuel. Clearly, this car is worth the steep asking price.