Porsche only has 77 units of this million-dollar track-only 911 GT3 R rennsport
With all the shenanigans in Formula 1 and other motorsport events, it would take a lot to shock the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile), the governing body of auto racing. But with what Porsche unveiled at the Rennsport Reunion 7 in WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, the FIA might go, WTF?
Porsche calls this beauty the Porsche 911 GT3 R rennsport, and is limited to just 77 examples. It stretches the limits of what a track-only car can do if the designers and engineers turned a blind eye to motorsport regulations while incorporating elements from Porsche’s past cars with advanced technology to make an even more powerful GT3 racing machine.
"The new Porsche 911 GT3 R rennsport offers the experience of driving a nine-eleven-based racing car in what is probably the most primal form. It gives you goosebumps whenever you look at it and it combines the finest motorsport technology with a design language that is typical of Porsche. With its exceptional performance, the 911 GT3 R rennsport makes our brand’s history both tangible and audible. This is an exclusive offer to our customers that really knows only one limit: the limited edition of 77 units," said Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Motorsport.
The 911 GT3 R rennsport shares the hood and the roof with the standard GT3 R (992 generation), but the rest of the body is longer and wider to increase curb appeal and aerodynamic efficiency. A part of the changes includes replacing the side mirrors with three cameras that send a live feed to two cabin monitors. What will give you goosebumps is the massive rear wing based on the Brumos Porsche 935/77 that won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1978. It sits on 18-inch Dark Silver Metallic BBS wheels that use bespoke Michelin tires and brake pads with titanium backing plates that shave off one kilo from its unsprung weight.
Aside from the two monitors mounted on the A-pillar of the cabin, the driver gets a large tablet-like screen behind the racing steering wheel with paddle shifters, ambient lighting, and a rigid roll cage, but only one seat. Porsche removed the air-conditioning system to reduce weight, but the driver is cooled down by seat ventilation.
Now this is where the 911 GT3 R rennsport flirts skirts regulations. It has the same 4.2-liter six-cylinder boxer engine as the 911 GT3 R, but it makes 620 PS or 148 HP per liter of displacement, more than a GT racing car should. At least the engine is designed to run on E25 fuel and reFuel, which makes almost carbon-neutral operation possible. Power goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox with tweaked transmission ratios of the fourth, fifth, and sixth gears based on the Daytona set-up of the GT3 racing car, which gives it a top speed that is around 20 kph higher than the shorter FIA homologated gear ratio of the GT3 R.
The 911 GT3 R rennsport is not street-legal, but if the racing exhaust system is too loud, customers can fit it with silencers and catalytic converters.
How much is it? Each of the 77 limited-edition units of the Porsche 911 GT3 R rennsport goes for a cool $1.046 million or PHP 59.293 million.