Power comes from a direct-injected 4.0-liter flat six making 485 horsepower, an upgrade from the old racer's 460-hp six. There are also new front and rear end pieces that create more downforce. The 18-inch wheels with a center lock and the 72-inch wide rear wing do not change from the last car, though there's a larger rescue hatch in the roof. It's based on an aluminum and steel composite structure and weighs 2,646 pounds.
Tuned in Porsche's motorsports compound in Weissach, Germany, the new GT3 Cup car will run in the Porsche Mobile 1 Cup (a Formula One support series) a German Cup series, and in North American competition in 2017. Porsche will expand the racecar's availability to more series in 2018.
Porsche has made 3,031 911 GT3 Cup cars since 1998 and claims the mantle of most-sold Cup car in the world. The new one will cost the equivalent of about $213,000.