October 17, 2016 @ 07:11 PM

​Porsche breaks out the 911 GT3 R for Asia

The 911 GT3 R race car is set to compete in the FIA GT World Cup in Macau and the Sepang 12 Hours race in Malaysia.


Over a year ago, Stuttgart's finest car maker unveiled the 911 GT3 R. Basically a GT3 racer based on the 991 generation 911 sports car. Stay with me, Porsche's numbering can get complicated. The GT3 R made its debut at the Daytona 24-hour race in January 2016 and has enjoyed its fair share of success in the international racing series. 

FIA rules dictate that the competing cars can't turn up with insanely modified engines and performance parts, so it's a good thing that the standard car has much to offer. Based on the 911 GT3 RS, the racer gets the same 4.0-litre flat six 500bhp masterpiece running Porsche's six-speed sequential gearbox. Porsche threw in racing anti lock brakes and a tougher traction control system to cope with the stress of racing round the clock. 

FIA's rules on weight reduction is simply, do it. The GT3 R is a full 200 kilograms lighter than the GT3 RS thanks to extensive usage of carbon fibre composites and polycarbonate windows all round. Being a car that takes part in endurance races, Porsche engineers have improved the car's fuel consumption and driveability. 

Wrapping up the 2016 season, the GT3 R will be taking on the streets of Macau at the hands on Earl Bamber and Kevin Estre. After that to the final endurance race in Malaysia, the Sepang 12 Hour race. 

Porsche is entering two 911 GT3 R's for the Sepang endurance race hoping to see both teams on the podium. Car number 911 and 912, each driven by a three-man team, are under the safe operation hands of Manthey Racing who seems to have been doing a good job with the Porsches so far. 

Y.Dharmeswaran

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