• Jan 22, 2009
Click above for a hi-res gallery of the 2009 Porsche GT3 RSR

Porsche has unveiled the latest iteration of its GT2-class racing car, the GT3 RSR. Visually, the biggest difference for '09 is up front, where a substantially louvered hood now resides. It's there because the car's radiator ductwork has been redesigned so as to accommodate the racer's optional A/C system. Other changes are hidden, but no less important. Aero tweaks include a rear wing angle that's more adjustable than on last year's car. The brakes and wiring harness contribute to lighter weight, and inside the pilot gets a new multifunction display. There's also a revised supply system that allows for an infinitely adjustable blink rate for the front lights. That makes for easy nighttime identification when the car pits. The oil filler has been relocated for easier access, and the GT3 RSR is equipped with a new air jack, as well.

That's all well and good, but what about the power? Displacement for the rear-mounted six-cylinder jumps from 3.8 to 4.0 liters, and it now pumps out 450 horsepower at 7,800 rpm. (Last year it produced 465 hp @ 8,000 rpm) Torque is rated at 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) at 7,250 rpm – the same as last year. The rev limiter kicks in at 9K, and Porsche says that the new car's torque curve is better-optimized than the outgoing car's. The new RSR ought to become a common sight in the Le Mans series on both sides of the Atlantic, as Porsche resumes its annual battle with Ferrari in sports car racing. Want one? Give Porsche €380,000 – roughly $494,000 USD (plus the appropriate VAT) and you're good to go. Tech specs are pasted after the jump.


[Source: Porsche]

Technical Description Porsche GT3 RSR (2009)

Engine:
Water-cooled, six-cylinder boxer engine; four valves
per cylinder; dry sump lubrication; individual throttle
butterflies; fuel injection; air restrictors 2 x 29.5 mm.

Bore:
102.7 mm

Stroke:
80.4 mm

Capacity:
3,996 cc

Power output:
331 kW (450 bhp) at 7,800 rpm

Max. Torque:
430 Nm at 7,250 rpm

Max. revs:
9,400 rpm

Transmission:
Six-speed gearbox with sequential jaw-type shift;
oil/water heat exchanger; single-mass flywheel;
hydraulic disengagement lever; three-plate carbon-fibre
clutch; rear wheel drive; limited-slip differential 45/65%.

Body:
Monocoque body (basis GT3 RS) of hot-galvanised steel;
aerodynamically optimised front end with front spoiler;
aerodynamically optimised front underfloor; adjustable
rear wing; 90-litre safety fuel tank with fast filling function;
air jack; welded-in safety cage; bucket-type racing seat
(on driver's side only) with flame-resistant seat cover;
six-point seat belt adapted for use of the HANS
Head and Neck Support; electric fire-extinguishing system.


Suspension:

Front:
McPherson spring strut axle; Sachs four-way gas
pressure dampers; double coil springs (main and ancillary
spring); front axle arms adjustable for camber; adjustable
sword-type anti-roll bar on both sides; power steering.

Rear:
Multi-arm axle with rigidly mounted axle sub-frame;
Sachs four-way gas pressure dampers; double coil springs
(main and auxiliary spring); rear axle tie-bar reinforced
and infinitely adjustable; adjustable sword-type anti-roll
bar on both sides.

Complete suspension infinitely adjustable (height,
camber, track).

Brakes:
Brake system with balance bar control.

Front:
Single-piece six-piston aluminium fixed callipers;
inner-vented, 380 mm in diameter; racing brake pads.

Rear: Single-piece four-piston aluminium fixed callipers;
inner-vented, 355 mm in diameter; racing brake pads.


Wheels:

Front:
Three-piece BBS light-alloy wheels (11J x 18-34);
central bolt;

Rear:
Three-piece BBS light-alloy wheels (13J x 18-12.5);
central bolt.

Electrical System:
Motec display with integrated data recording; multi-function
display with integrated gearshift indicator; adjustable
traction control; battery: 12 volt, 50 Ah, 140 Ah alternator.

Weight:
Approx. 1,220 kg complying with A.C.O. regulations,
1,245 kg complying with FIA regulations.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ever since Porsche saw that video the other day they have been trying to beat the GT-R's best lap on a snow covered Nürburgring
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well I wouldnt say it makes it worse, but the comments are just f'n annoying...hahah. Both cars should be very much so respected.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @TurboPanzer: Most of the Circuit de la Sarthe is on public roads, so I stand by my statement. ;0)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the "Drink" button on the steering wheel :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want one for my daily commute. No more tardies (is that a word?) for me!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet.

        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I was just going to say! And it is! VERY TIGHT AND SWEET!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy balls, that looks hot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      €380,000 WTF?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Evotec: That price comes with a spare package and technical support. Racing ain't cheap, but you get what you paid for.


        @Cypher09: lol word. Although that should be "track side assistance". :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a race car, what were you expecting? 3 year/30,000 mile warranty & road side assistance?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Cypher09

        Yeah, and with a button on the steering wheel that says "Orgasm."
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is interesting to note that they will not be adding direct injection to the engine. Porsche started using DI with the RS Spyder and it has made it into almost all of their road cars at the moment. Rumor has it that DI will soon appear in the road-going GT3 but not for the RSR.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @pmiddle5

        "I wish they would make the hood louvers illegal though. Unless they come on the car in street trim I dont believe it should be allowed!"

        Did you read the explanation given in the blog post above?
        "It's there because the car's radiator ductwork has been redesigned so as to accommodate the racer's optional A/C system."

        Besides, these are racing cars. The rules and regulations allow a certain amount of freedom to modify certain parts of the car for performance, aerodynamics, etc. It's not for road-legal use, so you won't see things like the hood-louvers or flared fenders and such. Although that'd be absolutely cool and many aftermarket companies actually produce modification parts that are inspired by these racing variants.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just dont know if those reasons are justifiable for a major aerodynamic difference within the cars body. They will produce downforce and I'm not sure if I think that is ok. It seems more GT1 oriented but even there Iam kinda not that ok with it. Sortta stuff is a prototype sortta thing in my eyes
        • 5 Years Ago
        That baffles me as well. I wonder if it has anything to do with the use of E10 fuel where they might need to add some sort of additive to get the DI system working coherently.

        Maybe they'll have an update as the season progress.
        • 5 Years Ago
        what??? I diddnt notice that.. What a f'n joke!!! That is incredibly irritating and confusing. Dont they want the better gas mileage and slightly better power? Ive been yelling about direct injection since I read about it in an article 5 years ago and have been demanding companies hurry up and use it.

        Still very annoyed the GTR does not use it and many other sports and supercars.

        I wish they would make the hood louvers illegal though. Unless they come on the car in street trim I dont believe it should be allowed! Starts making GT2 go in the wrong direction. I know wings etc.. but its different since they bolt ontop of the body
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's one sexy rear end.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The RSR just keeps getting better.


      This year's ALMS and LMS should be interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet mother of mercy and all that is good in this world...I feel so dirty right now....and it feels good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sofa King Fast!
      3:21PM (1/22/2009)
      Ever since Porsche saw that video the other day they have been trying to beat the GT-R's best lap on a snow covered Nürburgring

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      Yea right, the GT-Ricer, what a joke, we love stumping you riceballs with a backseat, auto trannie and call it a supercar.
      Wow, whooping 480 HP with a average speed of your ring of 105 MPH.
      We scared ..........

      Ricer stomping . .

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mry1ZDPyZlE
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