Picture & video special: Porsche reveal new 991 GT3 Cup car for 2013
Stuttgart announce paddle shift gears, 460bhp and enhancements in driver safety for the new Cup 911.
As unveiled minutes after the launch on the @Total911 Twitter page yesterday, Porsche have unveiled the new 991 GT3 Cup car for the 2013 racing season – with a debut set for the Mobil 1 Supercup in the new year.
The primary talking point of the new racer centres around the shift paddles situated at the steering wheel for the first time in an official competition 911. Enhancements are also made to the 3.8-litre, six-cylinder engine, which now produces 460bhp – 10bhp more than its predecessor.
A new emphasis has also been placed on driver safety, with a newly designed safety cage accompanying fresh designs to the drivers seat, which is distinctively shaped around the head and shoulders. A rescue hatch in the roof of the 991 GT3 Cup car also provides easy access for primary medical attention in the event of a crash, and also allows for the extrication of the driver.
The new competition-ready 911 has been met with positive excitement by Carrera Cup drivers and Total 911 readers alike. Parr Motorsport’s Ben Barker, runner up in the GB competition this year, told us: “There is still a clutch, but the paddle box felt solid and looks like it fits with the car.”
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is produced in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen on the same assembly line as road-legal models, before a general setup for the circuit at the Motorsport Centre in Weissach.
For a more in-depth look at the car, click on the link below for an exclusive video direct from Porsche themselves. As ever, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the latest edition to the 911 family.