The first test laps have been successfully completed: At the 24 hour race in Spa-Francorchamps on July 29th and 30th, the both new
This result means at the same time, positions one and two in the so-called Group 2 for near-standard production vehicles which competed in four classes. Already in qualifying, factory driver Marc Lieb posted the fastest time in this vehicle category.
With this results, the race car smoothly ties up to the various successes of its predecessors. In the FIA GT Championship, the American Le Mans Series and the Le Man Series as well as at the endurance classics of Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring and the Nürburgring, the GT3 in its various versions secured many records and title wins.
Built on the 911 GT3 RS, a particularly light and sporty derivative of the 911 GT3, the current GT3 RSR (type 997) is designed to comply with the A.C.O (Automobile Club de l’Ouest), the FIA-GT and IMSA (International Motorsports Association) as well as VLN (Veedol Langstrecke Nürburgring) regulations.
For the normally-aspirated
The new GT3 RSR features a modified version of the proven sequential six-speed gearbox of its forerunner.
The body shell of the GT3 RSR with the welded-in safety cage is ten percent stiffer than its predecessor. Distinctive wheel arches widen the body by 50 millimetres on each side. The track is enlarged correspondingly; wheels and tyres of the maximum allowable dimension can be fitted.
The relocation of the supplementary oil tank (option), the power steering and the battery to the front improve the weight distribution. The front and rear lids, the front mudguards, the wider rear, the doors as well as the front and rear panelling and wing consist of carbon-fibre composite material. The rear and side windows are manufactured from light polycarbonate.
The newly-developed aerodynamic package improves the aerodynamic efficiency compared to the forerunner (type 996 GT3 RSR) by a total of around seven percent. Airflow to and from the radiators, the brakes and the engine were further optimised. In compliance with the FIA and A.C.O. regulations the new GT3 RSR features a flat underbody.
The suspension with
The brake system features six-piston aluminium callipers and 35 millimetre thick brake discs measuring 380 mm in diameter at the front and 30 millimetre four-piston aluminium callipers with 355 mm diameter discs at the rear.
Over the 2006/07 winter, 35 units of the new racing sports car will initially be built.
All reports on the previous season can be found in our archive.