For the last 12 months Porsche has been introducing variant after variant of the 997 as this model series rolls to a close and the much anticipated 991 gets closer and closer to its official reveal in Frankfurt this fall.
Today, Porsche announced that the final 2012 spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is ready for prime time and will be delivered to teams around the world starting in September. This final build (adding to the the 2200 already produced and delivered) will be run for the 2012 and 2013 race season.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will be delivered to teams around the world from September and will be run in this specification for the 2012 and 2013 race seasons in selected one make series. Amongst other improvements, the new Cup car is fitted with an even larger fuel tank making it suitable for an even wider range of endurance races.
Like those before it, the 2012-spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is based on the lightweight 911 GT3 RS (997) street sports car. The engine is largely identical to the production power plant of the 911 GT3 RS. It delivers the same 450 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm. A specially fitted race exhaust system with a controlled catalytic converter keeps emissions to a minimum.
The flared wheel arches at the front axle accommodate light alloy rims measuring 9.5Jx18 with 25/64-18 Michelin race tires. The light alloy rims at the rear measure 12Jx18 with 30/68-18 tyres. Depending on the type of racing, the new 911 GT3 Cup features different rim specifications. The blade-type anti-roll bars at the front and rear are adjustable in seven positions allowing an extremely precise set-up for each race track. Exclusive to the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup which runs as support to Formula 1 is the PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake. Compared to the composite cast brakes in the Carrera Cups and the GT3 Cup Challenges, PCCB reduces the weight of the car by around 20 kilograms (about 44 lbs).
The cockpit of the new 911 GT3 Cup caters to the needs of the driver. The controls for the info display are positioned on the steering wheel which houses six switches. As in street going versions, the reach and height of the steering wheel can be adjusted.
If you're interested in racing, the price of entry (well at least the price of the GT3 Cup) is 161,750 Euro plus value-added tax of the respective countries.