The new Porsche 911 GT3 R finishes on the podium in the first test race

The new Porsche 911 GT3 R finishes on the podium in the first test race

Frédéric Makowiecki and Julien Andlauer managed to finish on the podium in the first test of the newly developed Porsche 911 GT3 R. At the seventh round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, the two Frenchmen finished third. The new 911 GT3 R is Porsche’s second race car based on the 992 generation.

The latest generation of the Porsche 911 GT3 R opened the first few kilometers of the race without any problems. The new worldwide utility competitor in the GT3 series made its debut on Saturday in the seventh round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) in the SP-X class. It is reserved for cars that have not yet been homologated for motorsport. The powerful up to 416 kW (565 hp) rear-engine drive propelled the Michelin racing tires to third place in the overall standings. Frédéric Makowiecki ran a fastest time of 7:58.942 on the 24.458 km combination of the Nordschleife and a shorter version of the Grand Prix circuit. The French works driver shared a Porsche with his partner Julien Andlauer. Tests are also scheduled for the final two NLS races this year, then on racing tires from Falken and Pirelli. The new 911 GT3 R will make its official debut in the hands of customer teams in mid-January at the 24-hour race at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida (USA).

“In summary, we had a very successful race debut with our new Porsche. I am proud of everyone who worked on this project,” summarizes project manager Sebastian Golz. “Yesterday’s test comes on the Nordschleife and today’s race shows that the base of the car is fine. Thanks to the good preparation and cooperation with ADAC, we gave a good performance and were able to collect positive images and a lot of data. With a solid performance, we finished third and thus got a chance to finish on the podium, although new racing cars like our 911 GT3 R have to stop for 30 seconds more per hole in the test race.

The development of the new 911 GT3 R has already started in 2019. The main goal was improved handling for professionals and so-called gentleman drivers as well as significant energy savings according to the “Balance of Performance” (BoP) classification. Streamlined handling of the race car for the team and improved running costs were also considered.

“The new 911 GT3 R follows in a big footsteps,” emphasizes Michael Dreiser, Head of Sales at Porsche Motorsport. “Its predecessor has won almost everything there is to win in the GT3 arena in the four seasons since 2019. Its achievements include overall wins at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and Biashara-Francorchamps, as well as the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Style new look forward to more work in the hands of our customer teams.” After the GT3 class in the North American IMSA series was also announced as a professional category, the FIA ​​​​World Endurance WEC Championship follows suit: From 2024, GT3 racing cars like the new 911 GT3 R will start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time.

911 GT3 R, test race, Nürburgring, 2022, Porsche AG

After the 911 GT3 Cup, the new 911 GT3 R is the second racing car developed by Porsche Motorsport based on the current generation 992. Its lightweight body in intelligent aluminum-steel composite construction is based on the series, but has been significantly modified . Including the front and bonnet, doors, side panels, rear wing and roof, almost all body components are made of lightweight carbon. Aramid is used for wheel arches.

One of the key features of the new racing car is the near-series engine, which is also based on the 911 992 generation. Like the previous model, it is a six-cylinder water-cooled box with four-valve technology and direct fuel injection. Above all, the displacement is new: like the 911 RSR, the new 911 GT3 R has increased by a good five percent from 3,997 to 4,194 cm3. As a result, the peak power of the engine can reach 416 kW (565 hp). First and foremost, however, Porsche has improved the torque and power curve over the entire speed range. The new 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine is especially suitable for gentleman drivers.

The high-revving naturally aspirated engine is located at the rear, where it has a positive effect on traction and braking. It was tilted forward by 5.5 degrees to create more freedom for the underfloor diffuser. Auxiliary units such as the generator and air conditioning compressor were moved a good meter forward and further into the free space in front of the engine and transmission. This has a positive effect on the weight balance of the 911 GT3 R. The six-speed sequential gearbox is based on the current 911 GT3 Cup.

The chassis of the new 911 GT3 R, which has been modified in many details, supports handling and makes the driving behavior more precise. It ensures less wear on the rear tires and reduces the time required for tire changes. On the front axle, an advanced dual wishbone arrangement controls the wheels. The improved placement of their central axle sections makes room for the aerodynamic “Race Underfloor” concept, which, together with its lower upper part, aims for a smooth flow of the rear diffuser. The multi-link rear axle has moved back slightly and widened the 911 GT3 R’s wheelbase from 2,459 to 2,507 millimeters. This also ensures that less weight is placed on the rear tires to maintain their consistent performance in competition at the end of long periods.

When it comes to safety, the new 911 GT3 R also follows a strict approach. The seat moved further into the middle of the car. Thus, Porsche was able to fine tune the more ergonomic seating position with an improved roll cage and new FIA side impact protection. As in the previous model, the adjustment of the driver is done through the longitudinal adjustment of the steering wheel and pedals. The steering wheel concept represents a further development from the previous model. It also combines elements that have made their appearance in the current 911 GT3 Cup and 911 RSR. The 10.3-inch display, for example, is based on the successful single-engine cup car and multi-switch concept from the Le Mans class winner.

Julien Andlauer, 2022, Porsche AG
Julien Andlauer

“After the start, the track was very wet at first before continuing to dry. Then we used slicks for my second phase and I was able to put in a few fast laps,” explains Julien Andlauer. “I think Porsche has created a very good racing car. It’s very good to drive. Everything went according to plan. The car is already better than its predecessor in all areas – this applies especially to stopping behavior, cornering characteristics and great torque from 4.2 liter engine. We still have work to do, but the performance is already good and things are going in the right direction.

Frederic Makowiecki, 2022, Porsche AG
Frederic Makowiecki

“Today’s conditions and the changeable climate were difficult,” explains Frédéric Makowiecki. “In general, the new Porsche worked very well. Our goal was to learn as much as possible – for example, how to pass in oncoming traffic with the car. Now we have a detailed view of where we stand with the new 911 GT3 R. The car offers many good characteristics and A very good foundation. However, we still have some work to do.”