Stronger, faster, more spectacular: the new 2022 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 992
Porsche has unveiled the latest generation of the world’s top-selling race car: the 911 GT3 Cup. From the start of the 2021 season, this 992-based track weapon will be campaigned in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, as well as the national Porsche Carrera Cups in Germany, France, Asia, Benelux and the USA. The giantwinged asphalt attacker is the first race car based on the latest generation 911 and the first Porsche single-makes cup racer to feature a wide 911 ‘Turbo-style’ body.
Producing around 503bhp, the 992 GT3 Cup exceeds the output of its immediate predecessor, the 991 GT3 Cup, by twenty-five horsepower. Moreover, the new GT3 Cup can run on synthetic fuels, which significantly lowers CO2 emissions under racing conditions. When compared to those of the 991 GT3 Cup, the new Cup car’s lap times should be slashed by a good one percent, depending on track layout.
Porsche presented the very first 911 Cup car in 1990. Based on the 964 generation, it roared into its debut season in the German Carrera Cup with 256bhp. From 1993, the 964 Cup was also raced in the newly established Porsche Supercup, which ran as part of the Formula One support programme. Five more generations of this exceptionally successful racing Porsche followed — to date, a record 4,251 911 GT3 Cup cars have been produced.
One of the most striking features of the new 911 GT3 Cup is its optimised aerodynamics and its overall more muscular appearance. This is partly thanks to the wider lightweight body. Measuring a total of 1,902 millimetres in width, it exceeds the rear span of the 991 GT3 Cup by 28 millimetres and is distinguished by additional cooling air inlets in front of the wheels.
Furthermore, the nose of the 992-generation 911 is also significantly broader than that of its predecessor — thanks to additional flared bumpers, the new 911 GT3 Cup now measures as much as 1,920 millimetres at the front axle. In terms of its powerplant, the new GT3 Cup remains true to the naturally aspirated principle — the four-litre, water-cooled flat-six reaches top performance at 8,400rpm, which is up from the previous model’s 7,500rpm. The newer car redlines at 8,750rpm with 347lb-ft maximum torque registered at 6,150rpm. A single throttle butterfly system with two resonance flaps ensures an even more spontaneous response, and in conjunction with a new catalyst-equipped racing exhaust system, produces an awe-inspiring sound. Three different exhaust systems are available to choose from — a selection designed to suit different racing series, regulations and tracks. Bosch supplies the MS 6.6 electronic engine management system.
As was the case with the 991 GT3 Cup, this new GT3 Cup’s flat-six only needs a maintenance check after 100 hours of track time. The engine is connected to the sequential, 72-kilogram six-speed dog-type gearbox via a rev-happy single-mass flywheel and a three-plate sintered metal racing clutch. Gear changes are made via a paddle shift on the steering wheel, with a minor inspection of the gearbox needed only after sixty hours of racing, corresponding to roughly two seasons in the Mobil 1 Supercup. The new 911 GT3 Cup is available to purchase immediately with a price of €225,000 (plus country-specific taxes). Initial deliveries are expected to be with teams in February.