Porsche has a new generation of its 911 GT3 at its disposal, and the car is significantly faster than its predecessor.
During an attempt at the Nürburgring last September, Porsche test driver Lars Kern took a prototype production specification around a full 12.9km of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a time of 6: 59.927. His complete series is presented in the video above.
According to Porsche, the new time is more than 17 seconds faster than the time set by the outgoing GT3. It is an impressive feat because the two cars weigh approximately the same and have similar power outputs, in any case from the 4.0-liter flat-6 natural asphalt. The new GT3 has 502 hp compared to its 500 hp of its predecessor.
The key differences come in the areas of aerodynamics and chassis adjustment. The most obvious change is the rear wing of the new GT3, which features swan neck supports like those used in motorsport. The rear wing is fully adjustable, as is the spoiler and diffuser at the front. In the most extreme environments, the aerodynamics of the new GT3 show that the car generates 150% more thrust than the old car.
2022. Porsche 911 GT3
When it comes to chassis placement, the new GT3 has the advantage of a dual-axle front axle. It is a completely new setting compared to the previous car, and also has a GT3 Cup racer. Benefits include improved steering accuracy and cornering stability.
Wheel and brake packages have also risen by a notch. On the new GT3, engineers mounted 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear. The front wheels are half an inch wider than the wheels of the previous GT3, and the rear ones get an inch in diameter.
And for the race at the Nürburgring, excellent Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires were used. A street legal tire is available. Another available option used for running were carbon-ceramic rotors measuring a massive 410 millimeters at the front and 390 mm at the rear.
The new 911 GT3 is expected to hit showrooms in the fall. Pricing information will be released closer to that date. New versions of the GT3 Touring and GT3 RS are also under construction.