The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Reminds The World Why Its Race Cars Are So Damn Good

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The newest 991 GT3 Cup continues a proud tradition.

For 2017, Porsche will grace the world's racetracks with its brand new 911 GT3 Cup car. The company has built 3031 units of the 911 GT3 Cup in the 996, 997, and 911 model lines since 1998. The new car packs a 4.0-liter flat-six engine producing 485 hp. This engine comes with new features like direct fuel injection and a central oil feed. In addition to being more efficient, this new motor is more durable and requires less maintenance, which is always welcomed when you want to stay on the track and out of the pit lane

On the outside, a new front and rear end improve downforce and increase traction, which yields better performance. The 184 centimeter wing has been retained from the previous generation, as has the 18-inch center-locking racing wheels. The whole car is made from an aluminum-steel composite construction which keeps weight low and maintains maximum rigidity. Total curb weight is around 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds). The 911 GT3 Cup comes with everything you would need to race including a solid safety cage and bucket-style racing seats. It even comes with a rescue hatch in the roof for recovery during an accident (a new FIA standard). This new car will debut for the 2017 race season for customer teams around the world.

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Initially the car will be allowed to race only in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which is held alongside the Formula 1 races, and in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and North America. For 2018, the car will be available for other cup races. In total, Porsche is organizing 20 races exclusively for the GT3 Cup car. The 911 GT3 and GT3 RS are race cars for the street, but the GT3 Cup is the car for people who are focused on turning racing into a career, rather than keeping it a hobby.