When developing their new 2022 Porsche 911 GT3, engineers drove the prototype at a continuous 186 mph over a distance of about 3,100 miles, stopping only whenever the car needed refueling.
The test, which took place in the Italian Nardo fast circuit, and of which Porsche is the case, was just one of several key durability tests of the car, especially its 4.0-liter flat-6 engine. In fact, testing the engine was even more rigorous. We’re sure Porsche is still keeping in mind the engine fire that plagued the early examples of the previous-generation 911 GT3.
In addition to the fast Nardo ride, the engine in the new GT3 had more than 22,000 hours on the Porsche test drive. During these tests, engineers repeatedly simulated the movements the engine would experience on major racetracks, with the engine pressed to full throttle most of the time, according to Porsche.
2022. Porsche 911 GT3
Luckily for the engineers, they had a good starting base as the engine in the GT3 is closely related to the unit used in the 911 GT3 R race car and almost identical to that in the slightly more tame 911 GT3 Cup race car.
In the GT3, the engine generates a maximum of 502 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque and gladly spins at 9,000 rpm. The output may not seem too much compared to modern supercars, but it’s enough to get the GT3 around the Nürburgring in less than seven minutes.
The engine also has dry sump lubrication, but skips electronically controlled carriers because it was considered not worth the extra weight. It also offers a sharp response to gas thanks to six independent throttle housings, and can be obtained with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch unit, with the manual being more popular with customers, at least here in the United States.
2022. Porsche 911 GT3
Of course, aerodynamics also play a major role in the GT3’s performance (if in doubt, just look at the rear wing of a car with a swan neck). As a result, the car spent more than 160 hours in the air tunnel. Why so long? Because engineers don’t just test a car going in a straight line. They simulate every imaginable driving situation, adjusting rolling, tilt and incline to simulate the different situations a car may experience on the track.
In the new GT3, both the rear wing and front splitter have four levels of adjustment. This will allow owners to switch between street settings and performance. The latter increases the thrust by up to 150% compared to the outgoing GT3, and even the street setting generates about 50% more thrust compared to the previous generation.
The new GT3 should arrive in showrooms in the fall with a starting price of $ 162,350. A more civilized GT3 Touring is also in preparation, as well as a harder GT3 RS.