One of perennial first names in racing is Porsche, and that's because the German automaker is always looking to improve its motorsports products. Progression, thy name is 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 R. Drivers and teams upgrading to the latest 911 for the track will find a host of changes designed to make lap times lower and speeds higher.

Engine output has been raised 20 horses to bring the power rating to an even 500 horsepower. Paddles have been placed on the steering wheel and new transmission brain is programmed to deliver throttle blip on downshifts. Up front, a softer anti-roll bar helps reduce understeer, which Porsche says adds a further dose of driveability.

Are you the principle in charge of a racing team that runs Porsches? If you are getting the new car, you can expect it to arrive starting in November of 2011. Hopefully you've already paid the 304,500 Euros ($433,000 USD) plus your respective value added tax. If you would prefer to upgrade your 2010 or 2011 GT3 R, Porsche also plans on offering a kit to do just that. It'll run you 43,000 Euros (around $61,000 USD). No word on yet on specific U.S. pricing and availability.

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Race car for customer sport now with even better driveability

Stuttgart. Amongst racing customers all over the world, the Porsche 911 GT3 R is extremely popular for its forgiving handling and basic speed. And it is exactly in this direction that the improvements for the 2012 model year have been targeted. The engine output has increased by 20 hp to now deliver 500 hp (368 kW). Paddle-shifts on the steering wheel ensure gear changes are even quicker and simpler, making it easier for pilots to concentrate on braking. Moreover, the transmission electronics, featuring an automatic throttle blip control, make it almost impossible to miss a gear and over-rev the engine. A softer anti-roll bar on the front axle reduces understeer.

The power increase of the four-litre, six-cylinder flat engine in the rear was achieved through optimisation of the intake system. The gearing of the sequential six-speed dog-type gearbox was adapted to the higher maximum output. In order to bring the power to the tarmac safely and to assist race drivers, the 911 GT3 R has featured a sophisticated ex-works traction control since the 2010 model year. An efficient race-ABS assists braking.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 R will be delivered to teams around the world from November 2011. The vehicle costs 304,500 Euro plus the value added tax of respective countries. The Porsche 911 GT3 R from the 2010 and 2011 model years can be upgraded to the 2012-spec. An upgrade kit is available from Porsche Motorsport for 43,100 Euro.

The 911 GT3 R represents the mid-range of Porsche's customer racing vehicles. The 911 GT3 Cup, as the top-selling race car in the world, serves as the basis. Ranking above the 911 GT3 R is the 911 GT3 RSR, built for GT2 racing, which competes in series like the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and at the Le Mans 24 hour race.


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      Tero Risti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Driver will youse clutch pedal only in the start of the race and when he down shifts, everything else he will just flat shift!
      Sims
      • 3 Years Ago
      According to earlier rumors, the GT3 was to have it's engine placed forward a few inches, due it the increased wheelbase and deletion of rear seats. Can anyone confirm this?
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a master piece. However, the Cayman's mid engine lay out handle better.
        Commodore
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Butti
        It has been tested... believe me, the 911 handles better. Theoretically you are right, but Porsche spent so many years refining the RR layout that they have sorted out it's faults.
        Sims
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Butti
        No it doesn't.
      Dent Repair
      • 3 Years Ago
      Simply incredible! Porsche seems to out-do so many expectations! This car is a great statement for automotive advancement!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      msg
      • 3 Years Ago
      shift engine forward might be true
      psr44turbo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche is a sports car. It should always be a sports car. Porsche was always my dream car and I have two of them, 944 Turbo (1986) and a Boxster S (2006). Don't make me change my mind.
      sparrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      this car will be a collectible , the last race car with a Metzger engine.
      RL
      • 3 Years Ago
      How does the clutch pedal work on this car? Will it just engage/disengage whatever gear you've selected through the paddles?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RL
        The driver will engage the clutch, just like before. Just because it has paddles, doesn't mean it's dual clutch gearbox.
      Critter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche GT racing: The difference is driveability
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