Porsche's Updated 911 GT3 RSR
29th January, 2009
The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR takes off into the new model year with extensive modifications. The most powerful
race car based on the Porsche 911, which last season secured wins in the American Le Mans Series and at the
Nürburgring 24 Hours, competes in the GT2 class at international long distance races. The most
distinguishing feature of the new GT3 RSR is the redesigned front with large air outlets on the front
bonnet. Under the light weight body shell, as well, major changes were made to the quickest 911.
Noticeable at first sight are the air outlet slots, or the so-called louvres, on the front bonnet: an
indication of the completely redesigned air ducting of the radiators, which became necessary through the
new design of supply and discharge air with the installation of an optional air-conditioning unit. The
aerodynamics under the rear underwent further optimisation. The rear spoiler now features a wider
adjustment range. The weight-optimised brake system and the lighter wiring harness contribute to further
improved handling, compared to the predecessor model.
The capacity of the well-known six-cylinder boxer engine increased from 3.8 to 4.0-litres. After
another reduction in the size of the air restrictors for the 2009 season, the engine now delivers around
331 kW at 7,800 revs per minute and develops a maximum torque of 430 Nm at 7,250 rpm. The rev limiter of
the efficient six cylinder unit kicks in at 9,000 rpm. Compared to the forerunner, the rev level for a
given power output was significantly lowered. Thanks to this, the engine features an optimised torque
curve and offers better driveability.
In the cockpit, a new multi-function display located above the dashboard indicates the optimum moment
to change gears. Another new feature is the programmable multi-function, onboard supply system control
device, giving teams the choice of many individual functions. One of these is the infinitely adjustable
blinking frequency of the lights in the front apron, which helps to immediately recognise race cars when
they enter the pits in the dark. For easier servicing under race conditions, other modifications were
made. The GT3 RSR now features a new air-jack system with overpressure valve. The oil refill with fast
filling function has now moved to the rear lid, giving mechanics better access.
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Aside from GT3 Cup and the GT3 Cup S, the GT3 RSR is the third race car based on the Porsche 911
offered by Porsche Motorsport. About 20 of the successful long distance racers have been built in
Weissach and are now being delivered to customer teams around the world. The GT3 RSR costs 380,000 Euro
plus VAT (value added tax, better known as GST in Australia) specific to each country.
Technical Description Porsche GT3 RSR (2009)
Engine: Water-cooled, six-cylinder boxer engine; four valves per cylinder; dry sump lubrication; individual
throttle butterflies; fuel injection; air restrictors 2 x 29.5 mm.
Bore: 102.7 mm
Stroke: 80.4 mm
Capacity: 3,996 cc
Power output: 331 kW (450 bhp) at 7,800 rpm
Max. Torque: 430 Nm at 7,250 rpm
Max. revs: 9,400 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed gearbox with sequential jaw-type shift; oil/water heat exchanger;
single-mass flywheel; hydraulic disengagement lever; three-plate carbon-fibre clutch; rear wheel drive;
limited-slip differential 45/65%.
Body: Monocoque body (basis GT3 RS) of hot-galvanised steel; aerodynamically optimised front end
with front spoiler; aerodynamically optimised front under-floor; adjustable rear spoiler; 90-litre
'safety' fuel tank with fast filling function; air jack; welded-in safety cage; bucket-type racing seat
(on driver's side only) with flame-resistant seat cover; six-point seat belt adapted for use of the HANS
Head and Neck Support; electric fire-extinguishing system.
Front: McPherson spring strut axle; Sachs four-way gas pressure dampers; double coil springs (main and ancillary
spring); front axle arms adjustable for camber; adjustable sword-type anti-roll bar on both sides; power steering.
Rear: Multi-arm axle with rigidly mounted axle sub-frame; Sachs four-way gas pressure dampers; double coil springs
(main and auxiliary spring); rear axle tie-bar reinforced and infinitely adjustable; adjustable sword-type anti-roll
bar on both sides. Complete suspension infinitely adjustable (height, camber, track).
Brakes: Brake system with balance bar control.
Front: Single-piece six-piston aluminium fixed callipers; inner-vented, 380 mm in diameter; racing brake pads.
Rear: Single-piece four-piston aluminium fixed callipers; inner-vented, 355 mm in diameter; racing brake pads.
Front: Three-piece BBS light-alloy wheels (11J x 18-34); central bolt;
Rear: Three-piece BBS light-alloy wheels (13J x 18-12.5); central bolt.
Electrical System: Motec display with integrated data recording; multi-function display with
integrated gearshift indicator; adjustable traction control; battery: 12 volt, 50 Ah, 140 Ah alternator.
Weight: Approx. 1,220 kg complying with A.C.O. regulations, 1,245 kg complying with FIA regulations.
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