Porsche 911 GT3 R-03

The Porsche 911 GT3 R is a successful and popular race car. In 2012 alone, Porsche customer teams raced the 997-based GT3 R in 131 races, won 41 of them and clinched numerous championships. Good, but not enough to rest on, so Porsche is debuting a GT3 R for the 2013 motorsport season with extensive mods.

With widened fender flares at both ends, the GT3 class racer looks brawnier than its predecessor. The new aerodynamics generates substantially more downforce, allowing for higher cornering speeds and later braking points. The wider track and the adapted wheels provide additional improvement in traction.

The front bumper panels, all fenders, sill covers, rear panel and underbody with rear diffuser received further fine-tuning in the wind tunnel. The rear wing was enlarged to the width of the vehicle and repositioned to work optimally with the redesigned body. Epic size, as you can see in the gallery below.

The suspension also underwent modifications. The track of both the front and rear axle grew by 50 mm, while the width of the front rims is now twelve instead of 10.9 inches. Wheelbase is longer by 10 mm.

Like its predecessor, the highly efficient 4.0 litre flat-six puts out 500 hp, and is mated to a six-speed sequential dog-type gearbox with pneumatic shift system, operated via steering paddles.

Don’t want to buy a new one? A conversion kit offered by Porsche allows customer teams to convert older 911 GT3 Rs to the 2013-spec car, available for 45,500 euros. Civilians can opt for the new Porsche 911 GT3, or the upcoming track-prepped 911 GT3 RS.