Time to get this party started.
Porsche introduced its new endurance race car late last year. The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the first racing version of the 992 generation and it's also the first cup racer from the automaker to boast a wide turbo-spec body. The new GT3 Cup, which has already arrived in America, is due to begin its anticipated racing career this fall when it'll compete in national Porsche Carrera Cups in Germany, France, Asia, and North America. Before that can happen, Porsche had complete final testing at the most challenging circuit of them all, the Nurburgring.
The carmaker has just announced the GT3 Cup racer has concluded endurance testing. It proved its mettle by taking part in this year's Nurburgring Endurance Series (NLS), a four-hour race covering a nearly 15.2-mile section of the Green Hell and the short Grand Prix circuit loop where it finished 18th overall piloted by German drivers Marco Holzer and Uwe Alzen.
During its development, we made sure right from the start that it could also be fielded in endurance competitions as well as the one-make cup sprint races," concluded Project Manager Jan Feldmann. "Today's test run in the NLS underlined that our team has done a great job."
With a total of 510 horsepower at 8,750 rpm and maximum torque of 347 lb-ft at 6,150 rpm, the GT3 Cup can also run on synthetic fuels, a new technology currently in an advanced stage of development for road car use. The fuel's chief benefit is that it helps to significantly reduce CO2 emissions while avoiding electrification. Production will once again take place in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen alongside the rest of the 992-generation 911 road car lineup, including the all-new GT3.
A total of 160 examples were built for the 2021 racing season. A second production round, this time increased to 300 examples, is happening now. Porsche adds that racing modifications are relatively minimal compared to the GT3 road car.
"We're primarily talking about an exhaust system that meets stricter noise requirements, and a modified tank filling system as well as softer sprint rates that harmonize very well with the damper system," Feldmann adds. "Plus, the front has additional small flares, which provide a little more downforce at the front axle and make it easier for us to find a suitable setup for the demands of the Nordschleife." Pricing for the 2021 season car began at €225,000. No word was given whether this amount remains the same for this year.