2016 Paris Motor Show: 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Launched In Paris

Written by: Irwin Mills

The 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is set to make its debut on the world's racetracks from 2017. Porsche, has now launched the new 911 GT3 Cup at the ongoing Paris Motor Show.

Powering the GT racing car is a naturally aspirated 4-litre, six-cylinder flat engine that produces 485 horsepower. For the first time, a valve drive with rigidly mounted rocker arms and a central oil feed is seen.

Other developments come in the form an integrated oil centrifuge to optimise oil defoaming in the engine and a crankshaft with significantly increased rigidity.

A new rear end and front apron improve the downforce of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. However, the prominent 184-centimetre wide rear wing is retained from the predecessor model.

On the safety front, the driver is protected by a solid safety cage and an innovative, bucket-style racing seat. The seats are heavily moulded around the head and shoulder area for more protection.

In terms of treatment and recovery of the driver following an accident, the 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup features an enlarged rescue hatch in the roof, which is in line with the latest FIA standards.

Since 1998, some 3031 units of the 911 GT3 Cup have been built, and currently, Porsche manufactures the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the same production line as the 911 road car in its main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.

For the 2017 season, Porsche will race the 911 GT3 Cup initially, exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which is held alongside the Formula 1 races, and in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, as well as in North America.

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Story first published: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 21:50 [IST]
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