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by Tim Beissmann

Porsche has today unveiled its newest 911 race car – the 911 GT3 R – in its world premiere at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, UK.

Developed for racing series based on the international FIA GT3 regulations, the GT3 R succeeds the GT3 Cup S and is delivered to customers ready-to-race.

And they’re going fast, according to Porsche’s head of motorsport sales, Uwe Brettel.

“Since we announced our intention to launch the 911 GT3 R, demand has been huge. The number of GT3 R vehicles we had planned for 2010 is almost sold out,” he said.

Weighing just 1200kg, the GT3 R has a larger 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine (up from 3.8-litres) delivering 358kW, as well as a range of other technical advancements.

With the main focus to deliver better driveability and easier handling, Porsche has fitted anti-lock brakes, traction control and an electronic throttle with “blip” function on down-changes to make it better suited to amateur racing drivers as well as experienced professionals.

The suspension can also be adjusted extensively. At the front are height-adjustable MacPherson struts with variable SACHS two-way shock absorbers and double coil springs (main and auxiliary). At the rear, the GT3 R features a rigidly mounted sub-frame with a height-adjustable multi-arm axle together with adjustable SACHS two-way shock absorbers and double coil springs.

The GT3 R also scores flared front and rear wheel arches, completely covered underbody for optimal aerodynamic performance, rear diffuser and increased range of adjustment on the rear wing, as well as LED light clusters common to all second-generation 911s.

First deliveries to customer teams around the world begin in the European spring, with the base price of the Porsche 911 GT3 R starting at 279,000 euro (AUD$434,200).




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