If you thought your local country club parking lot or swanky bistro driveway was filled with Porsche 911s, that's nothing compared to the proliferation of the rear-engined sports car on race tracks around the world. Porsche claims that, with over 2,200 examples sold, the 911 GT3 Cup – never mind any other racing variant – is far and away the most popular customer racing car on earth. And now it's set to get just a bit more popular.

Though the next-generation 911 is just around the corner, Porsche's racing department has updated the GT3 Cup one last time. The principal difference is a new 100-liter fuel tank that now complies with an even broader rage of racing regulations. Otherwise it's largely the same as the model we recently drove, packing the same 450-horsepower flat-six as the GT3 RS road car on which it's based, but with 18-inch alloys wearing Michelin slicks and mounted to an adjustable competition-spec suspension. Carbon-ceramic brakes are also available depending on the series.

The new GT3 Cup will be available for delivery to privateer racing teams as of next month, with a price tag starting at 161,750 Euro ($232k by today's rates). Follow the jump for the full press release and scope out the quintet of high-resolution images in the gallery for a closer look. Or better yet, just head down to the local race track, because there's bound to be a few of 'em lapping down there at any given time.
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Most successful race car now suitable for wider range of motorsport

Stuttgart. It is the most successful race car on earth: The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. With over 2,200 units sold, it is the undisputed number one amongst customer racing teams all over the world. Now, the new 911 GT3 Cup features a 100-litre FT3 safety fuel tank, which is filled via an opening in the front bonnet. Compared to its predecessor, the vehicle is now suitable for an even wider range of endurance racing. Moreover, the new fuel tank contributes to a further improvement of the high safety standards.

The 2012-spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is based on the lightweight 911 GT3 RS (997) street sports car. The power unit is largely identical to the production engine of the 911 GT3 RS with the same output of 450 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm. A 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 tyres. 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. This is also available for Porsche's road models. 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.

The cockpit of the new 911 GT3 Cup caters for the needs of the driver. The controls for the info display are positioned on the steering wheel which houses six switches. As in the production car, the reach and height of the steering wheel can be adjusted.

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 cup series. The price is 161,750 Euro plus value-added tax of the respective countries.

Currently, the 911 GT3 Cup competes in 19 Porsche brand trophy series worldwide. Moreover, it is run in various GT race series and at long distance events. The 911 GT3 Cup is the basis model of Porsche's racing vehicle range. Additionally, Porsche Motorsport offers the 911 GT3 R for championships complying with GT3 regulations and the 911 GT3 RSR built according to GT2 rules.


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      lewazzinaroillus
      • 3 Years Ago
      added comment here,...for everyone's information,...the 911 and it's various iterations are the winningest sportscar in motorsports history,...look it up on "the google",..well over 40,000 motorsports wins,...more than any other car by far!,..[yes, far more than ferrari, corvette, nissan gtr,..[don't make me laff!] etc....so they're doing something right i'd say,...sound very "fan-boyish i know,...but facts are facts,...and the 911 haters are always proven wrong on these facts!
      lewazzinaroillus
      • 3 Years Ago
      i would take either this or porsche's ultimate 911, the gt3rs 4.liter, in a heart beat,...and as for all the usual d-bag comments about,..."oh look,...it looks like every other 911",...i truly think porsche gives a rat's ass about your, as stated before,"d-bag" comments,..they've made the car for going on 50 years now,...THEY know their target audience,...not you!,...furthermore,..you couldn't afford the cars in your wildest dreams,...those that can, love what they see, a car that has evolved in an evolution, not a revolution,...and i for one think it is supremely COOL that the car continues to look the same,...only 2 cars have never changed their looks over time,...this and the jeep,...more power, literally!,..to them!
        ZooZoo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lewazzinaroillus
        Personally, once you go porsche, there is no better feel of any other drive. Porsche is the everyday-sports car. Reliable, fast, safe, great classic looks....
      • 3 Years Ago
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        TokyoRemix
        • 3 Years Ago
        GT3 RS 4.0 = street car GT3 Cup = race car As you may have noticed, the main updates to this car were to make it eligible for even more series than the previous car. Using the RS 4.0 defeats that purpose.
      Turbo 4
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is the cup street legal? I wish.
        RudyH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Turbo 4
        I m sure you could put some turn signals on it and your all set !
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        mrpinto
        • 3 Years Ago
        They're kind of a traditionalist crew over in Stuttgart. They probably take comments such as yours as compliments.
      walletclan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this faster than my Honda Fit?