Porsche 911 GT3 R
Take one 911 GT3 RS and remove the need to make it drivable
on the road. This is the circuit-destroying result
Good news, if you’re of the deluded belief that the new 513bhp, 6m 56.4secs ’Ring-lapping Porsche GT3 RS isn’t track-focused enough. It comes in the shape of the GT3 R: a track-only, stripped-out racing 911 based on the new road-going RS but sandwiched between the 911 Cup and RSR racers. That means more aero, less weight, more power.
The GT3 R is built on an aluminiumsteel chassis, but the roof, front hood and fairing, wheelarches, doors, side and tail sections as well as the rear lid and interior trim are made of featherweight CF composite. And anything that’s normally glass has been swapped out for plastic. The GT3 RS’s 4.0-litre flat-six is wound up to 542bhp and connected to a very serious sequential 6spd ’box with electronic shift actuator for lightning changes.
Like the road car, there are the now-supersized slashes in the wheelarches, while a more defined diffuser and a bonnet with a giant crater in it suck the R to the floor. Other racy mods include a fixed-position
seat, added carbon-fibre Kevlar side-impact panels and, for the first time in a GT3-spec 911, air-con. Oh, the luxury.
Prices start at £404k plus taxes, so if you’re a track-day enthusiast and sick of wringing out an old Citroen Saxo, it’s time to buy a lottery ticket, and book a trip to Spa. ROWAN HORNCASTLE
Top tip: the GT3 R’s fuel tank can be filled from either the left or right depending on which circuit you’re screaming around. Your personal pit crewwill be delighted