2015 Porsche 911 GT3 R vs. GT3 Cup vs. GT3 RSR – Visual and Specs Comparison

gt3 rsr vs r vs cupPorsche has three core racing 911’s for 2015: the brand-new GT3 R, the GT3 Cup and works racing 9911 RSR.

All three are now on the 991 platform now that the GT3 R is updated from its previous 2013-2014 iteration.

Only the GT3 R and GT3 Cup are offered for sale, with pricing ratcheting up to multiples of the traditional Carrera GT3 road car. The Cup comes in around $250,00 while the new GT3 R is priced for customer racing teams at euro $430,000. If the RSR were for sale today, it would likely come in around $800,000.

In terms of the specification of the 911 racecars, the new R is far closer to the RSR than it is to the Cup. In fact, the four-liter boxer six of the new GT3 R produces “over 500-horsepower,” dropping from this estimaed 570HP only with race-mandated restructor plates. These contstrict airfow to the engine, drastically limiting power output, and used like a golf handicap as a way to level the racing field.

Speaking of race classes, the new R has its eyes set firmly on one: the FIA GT3 group.

Options for the GT3 R even include a quad set of bumper lights, replicating the RSR look almost exactly.

Overall, the new GT3 R’s design is marked out by its far slimmer main intake up front. This intake shoots all its warmed strategically out and back through the hood and fenders. Those fenders are also pure RSR: a massive width stretch combined with the lower rear part of the bodywork chopped out to drain out any remaining airflow from the wheel-well.

 

 

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 R (991)

GT3R vs rsr vs cup

 

 

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 R vs. GT3 Cup vs. GT3 RSR – Visual and Specs Comparison

2015 Porsche 991 GT3 R 2015 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup 2015 Porsche 911 RSR (991)
Concept: Concept: Concept:
Single-seat customer racecar Single-seat customer racecar Single-seat racecar
Basis: 991 GT3 RS
Engine: Engine Engine:
Water cooled six-cylinder Boxer engine (rear mounted) Aluminum six-cylinder rear-mounted boxer engine Naturally aspirated engine with intake above rear side panel
4,000 cm3; stroke 81.5 mm; bore 102 mm Sealed Water cooled four valve flat six cylinder engine
Power: Subject to FIA BoP classification (air restrictor) 3,800 cc; stroke 76.4 mm; bore 102.7 mm 3,996 cc; stroke 80.4 mm; bore 102.7 mm
Single mass flywheel Max. power: 338 kW (460 hp) at 7,500 rpm Required fuel quality: 98 octane, unleaded
Four-valve technology Max. rpm: 8,500 rpm Dry sump lubrication
Direct fuel injection Single-mass flywheel Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Fuel quality: Super Plus lead free to E20 (minimum 98 octane) Water cooling with heat management for engine and gearbox Returnless fuel system
Dry sump lubrication Four valves per cylinder Modular light weight race exhaust system
Engine control unit (ECU) BOSCH MS 6.4 with integrated data acquisition (basic memory 1GB, max. 100 freely selectable channels, sample rate 50hz) Sequential multi-point fuel injection Muffler with twin, centrally aligned tail pipes
Race exhaust system (motorsport catalyst and country-specific pre-silencer available) Required fuel quality: minimum 98 octane, unleaded Additional oil tank
Rear silencer with twin tailpipes mounted centrally Dry-sump lubrication Quick oil refill system via front deck lid
Two electronically activated throttles Electronic engine management (Bosch MS 4.6)
Race exhaust system with regulated race catalytic converter
Rear silencer with centered exhaust pipe
Electronic acceleration pedal
Transmission: Transmission Transmission:
Porsche six-speed constant-mesh gearbox (sequential) Porsche six-speed sequential dog-type gearbox Newly developed Porsche six-speed racing gearbox with pneumatic paddle shift system
Gear ratios (FIA homologated, other ratios available on request): Gear ratios: Gear Ratios:
CWP 14/22 i = 1.571 Ring & pinion gear 14/22 i = 1.571 CW & P Gear 14/22 i = 1.571
Final drive 17/41 i = 2.412 Final drive 17/41 i = 2.412 Final drive 17/41 i = 2.412
1st gear 13/41 i = 3.154 1st gear 13/41 i = 3.154 1st – 6th gear according customer request
2nd gear 17/39 i = 2.294 2nd gear 17/40 i = 2.353 Internal pressure-oil lubrication with active oil cooling
3rd gear 20/37 i = 1.850 3rd gear 19/36 i = 1.895 Mechanical limited slip differential with viscous unit
4th gear 19/29 i = 1.526 4th gear 19/29 i = 1.526 Single-mass flywheel
5thgear 24/31 i = 1.292 5th gear 24/30 i = 1.250 Triple-disc-carbon racing clutch with forged housing
6th gear 31/34 i = 1.097 6th gear 34/35 i = 1.029 Hydraulic operated central clutch operator
Internal pressurized oil lubrication with active oil cooling by oil/water heat exchanger Internal pressure-oil lubrication with active oil cooling Oil-water heat exchanger
Mechanical limited slip differential Limited slip differential
Motorsport clutch (carbon) Triple-disc sintered metal race clutch
Pneumatic gear shift activation (paddle shift) Pneumatic paddle shift system
Bodyshell: Bodyshell: Bodyshell:
Lightweight body featuring intelligent aluminum-steel composite design Lightweight bodywork with smart aluminum-steel composite construction Lightweight bodywork with smart aluminum-steel composite construction based on 911 C4 type 991 with add-on carbon parts
Integrated (welded) roll-cage (according to FIA Appendix J) Welded-in roll cage, in compliance with FIA Homologation Regulations for safety cages Removable roof section to apply KED
Front cover with two air intake ducts for cockpit ventilation, quick release fasteners Front bonnet with two air inlets for cockpit ventilation and quick fasteners Rescue bar analogue DTM system
Removable escape hatch in roof in accordance with latest FIA safety regulations Removable roof section Carbon add-on parts:
Pickup point for lifting device (identical to DTM system) Rescue bar analogue DTM system Front end cover with front lip
Lightweight design exterior panels: Modified and widened 911 GT3 fenders Air intake and outlet for center cooler
CFRP doors with sport design mirrors Modified rear wheel arches Front deck lid with louvers
CFRP rear cover with quick release fasteners Modified and widened 911 GT3 front-end with spoiler lip Fender and wheel house protectors
CFRP adjustable rear wing Modified 911 GT3 rear-end with integrated rain light, in compliance with FIA Homologation Regulations Sill covers
CFRP front extended wheel arches and louvres Lightweight exterior: Doors with side-screen frame and plastic mirrors
CFRP front fairing with cooling-air ducting and spoiler lip CRP doors with sport-design rear-view mirrors Rear wheel arch extensions with side intake air duct
CFRP rear fairing with integrated rain light in accordance with FIA regulations CRP rear engine lid with quick fasteners Rear wheel arch cover
Polycarbonate front, rear and side screens CRP rear wing; adjustable Rear deck lid with adjustable rear wing
Removable polycarbonate door windows in accordance with latest FIA safety regulations PC rear window Rear end cover with wheel house air de-ventilation
Rear underfloor with air ducting for brake and driveshaft cooling Underbody tray with air routing for brake- and driveshaft cooling in the rear Quick demount couplings for front and rear end cover
Modified 911 cockpit: Modified 911 cockpit: Closed flat bottom with rear diffuser
Ergonomic center console aligned towards driver for ease of operation Magnesium sub-frame in light weight design Pedal box
Switch covers with fluorescent labelling Ergonomic driver-oriented center console Built-in air jack system (four legs) with safety pressure valve
Steering wheel with quick release coupling, switch panel and shift paddles Switch mask with fluorescent lettering Race bucket seat (driver side only) with fire retardant upholstered cover
Racing bucket seat with fore/aft adjustment in accordance with FIA standard 8862/2009: Steering wheel with quick release coupling, control panel and shift paddles Six-point safety harness modified for use with HANS
Adjustable padding system to suit individual drivers (delivery with size M) Race bucket seat with longitudinal adjustment: Electrically activated fire extinguisher system
Six-point safety harness Homologated to latest FIA requirements Approx. 94l FT3 safety fuel cell
FT3 safety fuel cell (approx. 120 liter) with fuel cut off safety valve in accordance with FIA regulations Individual padding system Heated glass windscreen
Air jack system (four jacks) Six-point seat belt Modified 911 cockpit:
100 liter fuel cell (FT3 safety fuel cell) Magnesium sub-frame in light weight design
Built-in air jack system (three legs) Ergonomic driver-oriented center console
Switch mask with fluorescent lettering
Multi-function steering wheel with quick release coupling, control panel and shift paddles
Suspension: Suspension Suspension:
Front axle: Front axle: Front axle:
McPherson strut, adjustable in height (ride-height), camber and toe McPherson suspension strut, adjustable in height, wheel camber and track Double wishbone type front axle
Fabricated steel control arms: Forged struts: Four-way Multimatic shock absorbers
Stiffness optimized Optimized stiffness Twin coil spring setup (main and helper spring) with adjustable platform
High-performance spherical bearings Double shear tie rod connection Adjustable anti roll bar via both side blades
Wheel hubs with center lock wheel nuts Heavy-duty spherical bearings Electro-hydraulic servo assisted steering
Adjustable motorsport dampers Wheel hubs with center lock
Machined aluminum top mount with camber adjustment Racing shock absorbers, non-adjustable Rear axle:
Adjustable anti-roll bar blades (left & right) Forged supporting mounts
Power assisted steering with electrohydraulic pressure feed Double-blade-type anti-roll bar Multi-link rear axle
Electrohydraulic power steering Four-way Multimatic shock absorbers
Twin coil spring setup (main and helper spring) with adjustable platform
Rear axle: Rear axle: Adjustable anti roll bar via both side blades
Tripod type driveshafts
Multilink independent rear suspension, adjustable in height (ride-height), camber, toe Multilink rear suspension, adjustable in height, wheel camber and track
Machined aluminum control arms: Forged struts:
Stiffness optimized Optimized stiffness
High-performance spherical bearings Double shear tie rod connection
Wheel hubs with center lock wheel nuts Heavy-duty spherical bearings
Adjustable motorsport dampers Wheel hubs with center lock
Machined aluminum mounts Racing shock absorbers, non-adjustable
Adjustable anti-roll bar blades (left & right) Forged supporting mounts
Double-blade-type anti-roll bar
Brake system: Brake system Brake system:
Two separate brake-circuits for front and rear axles. Adjustable by driver via brake balance bar System Two independent brake circuits für front and rear axle, adjustable by the driver via brake balance system. Two independent brake circuits for front and rear axle, adjustable by the driver via brake balance system
Front axle: Front axle: Front axle:
Six-piston aluminum-monobloc racing brake caliper Aluminum four-piston racing calipers in mono-bloc design Aluminum six-piston racing calipers with quick release coupling in single-piece design
Ventilated and grooved steel brake disc D = 380 mm, aluminum disc bell Multi-piece steel brake discs; internally vented and slotted, 380 mm diameter Ventilated steel brake discs, D = 380 mm
Motorsport brake pads Racing brake pads Race brake pads
Optimized brake cooling ducts Optimized ventilation routing Optimised brake cooling ducts
Rear axle: Rear axle: Rear axle:
Four-piston aluminum-monobloc racing brake caliper Aluminum four-piston racing calipers in mono-bloc design Aluminum four-piston racing calipers with quick release coupling in single-piece design
Ventilated and grooved steel brake disc D = 372 mm, aluminum disc bell Multi-piece steel brake discs; internally vented and slotted, 380 mm diameter Ventilated steel brake discs, D = 355 mm
Motorsport brake pads Racing brake pads Race brake pads
Optimized brake cooling ducts Optimized ventilation routing Optimised brake cooling ducts
Wheels/tires: Wheels/tires: Wheels/tires:
Front axle: Front axle: Front axle:
One piece BBS alloy wheels according to Porsche specification and design, 12.0 x 18 offset 17 Single-piece light-alloy rims according to Porsche specification and design with center lock, 10.5J x 18 ET 28 Forged single piece aluminum rims (BBS) 12.5J x 18 offset 25 with center-lock nut
Michelin transport tires, tire dimensions: 300/650-18 Michelin tires; tire size: 27/65-18 Michelin transportation tires 30/68-18
Rear axle: Rear axle: Rear axle:
One piece BBS alloy wheels according to Porsche specification and design, 13.0 x 18 offset 37.5 Single-piece light-alloy rims according to Porsche specification and design with center lock, 12J x 18 ET 53 Forged single piece aluminum rims (BBS) 14J x 18 offset 50 with center-lock nut
Michelin transport tires, tire dimensions: 310/710-18 Michelin tires; tire size: 31/71-18 Michelin transportation tires 31/71-18
Electric: Electrics Electrics:
COSWORTH color display ICD (basic memory 512MB, extendable) COSWORTH color display ICD COSWORTH ICD color display with integrated data acquisition
COSWORTH power module IPS32Race ABS COSWORTH electrical system control unit IPS32 COSWORTH IPS – programmable multi-function system control unit
Race ABS Electronic throttle system COSWORTH telemetry
Traction control Fire extinguishing system (extinguishing agent: gas) Bosch MS 5.0 – Engine control unit
Fire extinguisher system (agent: gas) Battery 12 V, 70 Ah (AGM), leak-proof, placed in the co-driver foot well Electric throttle
Battery 12 V, 70 Ah (AGM), leak proof, mounted in passenger foot well Alternator 150 A Shiftec – Paddleshift system
180 A alternator Fan in light weight design Electrically adjustable mirrors with memory function
Windscreen wiper with direct drive Wiper with direct drive Rear view camera
Lighting system: Lighting system: Bosch data recorder C50 without WinDarab licence
Xenon main headlights Bi-xenon-headlight Oil level indication via telemetry and level sensor in the oil tank
LED technology taillights and rain light LED daytime running light Battery: 12 V 18 AH lithium ion
LED rear lighting system and rain light 140 A Alternator
Options: Damper travel sensors
Tire pressure monitoring system
Endurance kit: Brake disc temperature sensors
4x Xenon extra headlights in front fairing Driver drink system
Engine oil quick refilll Light-weight car wiring loom (with ACO logging – connection)
Lighting system:
PAG options: Xenon main and additional (4x) headlights
LED rear lighting system and rain light
COSWORTH ICD memory expansion (1024MB memory) Leader Light System
Mini IPS (expansion connections for high-current consumers) Air conditioning system:
BOSCH MS 6.4 Air conditioning lines including quick release couplings
Option 1: channel expansion for internal data acquisition to maximum 720 freely selectable channels, highest resolution data sample rate 1000Hz Compressor in gearbox areaCondenser in vehicle front
Option 2: data copy from data acquisition from internal memory onto an external USB stick Condenser in vehicle front
Country-specific race catalyst Fabric cockpit separation panel
Illuminated start number panels Temperature sensor
TPMS System
Cockpit illumination
Weight/dimensions: Weight/Dimensions Weight/Dimensions:
Total weight: approx. 1,220 kg (subject to BoP) Total weight: approx. 1,200 kg Weight approx. 1,220 kg (ACO)
Overall length: 4,604mm Total length: 4,547 mm Total length: 4,537 mm
Overall width front axle: 1,975 mm Total width: 1,851 mm Total width: 1,962 mm (FA), 2,002 mm (RA)
Overall width rear axle: 2,002 mm Total height: 1,280 mm Wheel base: 2,465 mm
Wheelbase: 2,463mm Wheel base: 2,458 mm

 

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 R (991)

 

 

LIGHTER, MORE ECONOMICAL, FASTER: THE NEW 911 GT3 R

15/05/15

 

World premiere at the Nürburgring

Stuttgart. Based on the 911 GT3 RS production sports car, Porsche has designed a customer sport race car for GT3 series around the world: The 911 GT3 R. In developing the more than 368 kW (500 hp) racing nine-eleven, special attention was paid to lightweight design, better aerodynamic efficiency, reducing consumption, improved handling, further optimised safety as well as lowering service and spare parts costs.

Adopted from its production sibling, the 911 GT3 R features the distinctive double-bubble roof, and the wheelbase which had been lengthened by 8.3 centimetres compared to the previous generation. This ensures a more balanced weight distribution and more predictable handling particularly in fast corners corners in comparison to the previous GT3 R. By applying systematic lightweight solutions for the body, add-on parts, and suspension, the engineers significantly optimised the centre of gravity position of the GT3 R compared to the predecessor model. The lightweight body design of the 911 GT3 RS production sports car featuring intelligent aluminium-steel composite construction has proven to be the ideal basis for the race car. The roof, front cover and fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections as well as the rear cover are made of particularly light carbon-fibre composite material (CFRP). All windows – and for the first time even the windscreen – consist of polycarbonate.

Powering the new 911 GT3 R is a cutting-edge four-litre flat-six unit which is largely identical to the high-performance production engine of the road-legal 911 GT3 RS. Direct petrol injection, which operates at pressures up to 200 bar, as well as variable valve timing technology ensure a particularly efficient use of fuel. Moreover, the normally-aspirated engine offers significantly better driveability and a broader usable rev range. Power from the rear engine is transferred to the 310 mm rear wheels via a Porsche sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox. As in the GT road-going models of the 911, the driver changes gears via shift paddles conveniently positioned on the steering wheel.

The aerodynamics of the 911 GT3 R also follows the example of the road car. The distinctive wheel arch air vents on the front fairings increase downforce at the front axle. Measuring two metres in width by 40-centimetres in depth, the rear wing lends aerodynamic balance. From its 911 RSR big brother, the GT3 R has adopted the concept of the centrally-positioned radiator. By eliminating the side radiators, the position of the centre of gravity was improved, the radiator is better protected against collision damage, and the venting of hot air through louvers in the front cover was enhanced.

The brake system of the 911 GT3 R also underwent further modifications and, thanks to increased stiffness and more precise control of the ABS, is even better suited to long distance racing. At the front axle, six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers combined with ventilated and grooved steel brake discs with a diameter of 380 millimetres ensure outstanding braking performances. Fitted at the rear axle are four-piston callipers and discs measuring 372 millimetres.

Another development focus was on the safety features of the GT3 R. The capacity of the further-reinforced FT3 safety fuel cell was increased by twelve litres to now hold 120 litres, with the tank now featuring a fuel cut-off safety valve. The doors and the side windows can be removed, and the escape hatch in the roof is now larger. In the event of an accident, the new racing bucket seat offers pilots even better protection.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 R can be ordered immediately for 429,000 Euro plus country-specific VAT and will be delivered from December 2015.

 

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (991)

 

 

 

2015 Porsche 911 RSR (991)

The most intense pressure of all:
the desire to excel.

When it comes to winning and when thinking about the future, we consider even the tiniest detail: every part of the vehicle, every single screw, and every second of every lap. A lightweight construction is clearly imperative. At 1,245 kg, the 911 RSR adheres precisely to the minimum weight specified by FIA World Endurance Championship regulations.

From the very start, the vehicle was designed to be suitable for long-distance racing. A new body structure with a longer wheelbase and new intake air ducting provides a platform for pure power that is just waiting to be unleashed. That is supplied by a water-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with a four-litre capacity. In figures this translates as 346 kW (approx. 470 hp) – limited by a restrictor. Output is transferred to the rear axle by a new six-speed sequential Porsche GT racing gearbox. Paddles deliver faster, more comfortable gearshifts.

To control the 911 RSR’s undeniable forward thrust, the brake system has six-piston monobloc fixed brake calipers at the front and four-piston units at the rear. Featuring a double-wishbone suspension at the front and multi-link rear axle, adjustable shock absorbers and anti-roll bars, the chassis superbly handles any manoeuvre – on straights as well as chicanes.

The axle geometry further optimises aerodynamics for even greater efficiency. Less drag coupled with increased downforce reduces the tendency to understeer and allows higher speeds when cornering.

From the development process onwards, another aspect has also received particular attention: safety. Our engineers’ uncompromising approach on this extreme interpretation of sportiness is evident from the weld-in roll cage, the overhauled FT3 safety tank and the optimised fire extinguishing system. Clear evidence of the importance that Porsche attaches to safety in motorsport, irrespective of the emphasis on lightweight construction.

2015 Porsche 911 RSR (991)

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