The base is indeed the Porsche 911

Porsche and Ferrari unveil new GT3s racing cars

While many eyes are currently focused on the class-leading new hypercars in the WEC and IMSA championships, which promise a great show for 2023, the more modest GT3s are also at the dawn of a small revolution. The new regulations will allow them to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2024. Porsche and Ferrari have managed to shine in recent years in several GT classes, One with the 911 GT3R and 911 RSR Type 991, and the second with the 488 GT3 and 488GTE. The announcement of the following sporting rules comes after the recent launch of the 992 GT3 and 296 GTB models on the road. The cards have been modified. Porsche and Ferrari revealed their origins one day separately.

GT3 R, 911 above all

The base is already a Porsche 911© Ferrari / Porsche

The new Porsche 911 GT3 R drives the development of the 992nd generation, after the GT3 for the road and the single-engine GT3 Cup Championship. The displacement of the atmospheric six has been increased from 4 liters to 4.2 liters, as is the case on the latest RSR to date, but unlike the latter, the newcomer remains faithful to the slick rear layout. A six-speed sequential gearbox for dogs responsible for transmitting 565 hp to the rear wheels, an increase of 15 horsepower over the previous GT3 R, along with a wider usable rev range according to the manufacturer. The Regulatory Balance of Performance (BoP) aims to balance the cars on the network; This additional power reserve provides more freedom to adapt to teams who can also play on weight or aerodynamics when the car is tuned.

Among other improvements, Porsche also announced better downforce without increased drag thanks to a revised flat bottom and a head-mounted rear wing. The aluminum and steel alloy body is covered with a carbon body. Porsche has opted for double wishbone suspension at the front, multi-link suspension at the rear. In addition, the wheelbase has been lengthened by 8 mm and the driver’s seat has been refocused compared to the previous generation. The latter won at Spa-Francorchamps, Sebring or Daytona among other prestigious events; So customers expect the best from the new model. This base price of €511,000 is shown excluding VAT. And it could give some clues about the specifications of the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS on the road, which was announced on August 17, 2022.

296 GT3, Thoroughbred Racing

The Ferrari 296 GT3 adopts the road-specific V6 version, which has been clearly revamped
The Ferrari 296 GT3 adopts the road-specific V6 version, which has been clearly revamped© Ferrari / Porsche

Read also: Ferrari 296 GTB test: no V8, hybrid, but what a foot!

The Ferrari 296 GT3 is less of a road model than its German rival, starting with its engine as it is 100% thermal while the GTB is a rechargeable hybrid. The turbocharged 3-liter V6 open at 120 degrees develops 600 hp. It is positioned more forward than the GTB, and is linked to a transversely mounted six-speed sequential gearbox to which the generator is connected. The GT3’s aluminum frame is its own and the car’s wheelbase is slightly longer than that of the GTB. Ferrari announced a 10% increase in stiffness compared to the 488 GT3. The coupe was equipped with double wishbone suspension on all four corners. The new multifunction steering wheel incorporates certain functions the Scuderia uses in F1.

The 296 GTB is Ferrari’s first six-cylinder car (the 1960s and ’70s Dinos did not have the Ferrari badge); The GT3 follows in the footsteps of the V6-powered 246 SP race car which, over 60 years ago, was the brand’s first car with a center rear unit. It will debut at 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2023. Its development could serve a radical version of the Route 296 in line with the 458 Speciale and 488 Pista.

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