Porsche recently unveiled the 911 GT3 R rennsport, a limited-edition track tool which is the result of a design-oriented approach that benefits technically from the freedoms that go beyond motorsport regulations.
The 911 GT3 R rennsport which produces 620 PS is based on the new 911 GT3 R of the current 992 generation. One of the special features of this unique collector’s item, which is limited to 77 units, is the distinctively designed body.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R rennsport combines the powerful appearance of a high-performance competition car with modern design elements. At the same time, it hails back to the sports car manufacturer’s motorsport history without drifting into a retro look.
Elementary performance factors of the original GT3 model, such as air resistance and aerodynamic downforce remain largely untouched. As a thoroughbred racing car, the form of the 911 GT3 R rennsport continues to follow function – but it does that in an extremely emotional and attractive way.
Designed by Grant Larson and Thorsten Klein from the Style Porsche team, the 911 GT3 R rennsport will take its place as the logical successor to the modern Porsche 935. While the 935 was technically based on the near-standard 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, the 911 GT3 R rennsport uses the current 911 GT3 R of the 992 generation as its basis.
While only the bonnet and the roof were taken over from the standard GT3 R, all other body elements have been changed. The designers have also set visual accents in the area around the side fins and flics.
The radically modified shape of the air intake and outlet panels of the front wheel arches underscores the more self-confident appearance. Conventional exterior mirrors have been eliminated and replaced by a digital equivalent. A system consisting of three cameras integrated into the outer skin of the vehicle and monitors in the cockpit now perform this task.
The huge rear wing is the dominant component facing the airflow. Its design is reminiscent of that of the legendary Brumos Porsche 935/77, with which the American Peter Gregg, together with the Dutchman Toine Hezemans and the German Rolf Stommelen, took the seventh overall victory for a Porsche at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1978.
A light bar consisting of fine LED strips, which now incorporate illuminated letters of the Porsche lettering, characterise the overall wider rear section. One level lower, the largely open rear apron dispenses with grille covers and panelling for weight reasons. This provides a clear view of the technical components behind it and therefore also the exhaust system with its centrally positioned twin tailpipes.
Inside, the monitors of the two fender-mounted exterior cameras blend harmoniously into the interior on each side. Special graphics for the splash screen of the central display and the limited edition number on the instrument panel have been given the shapes of the racing car, while ambient lighting adopts the theme of the colour-adjustable main headlights for the interior.
All safety features comply with the applicable FIA standards. The particularly rigid roll cage design permits the installation of the driver’s seat only. As is the case with the 911 GT3 R in use worldwide, the limited “rennsport” is thus a single-seater racing car.
With their striking look, the 18-inch wheel rims from BBS in their exclusive “racing” design are also an eye-catcher. They combine all the technical requirements that a competition wheel with central locking must meet, including a high design standard. Porsche Motorsport paints them in Dark Silver Metallic as standard.