Porsche has updated its 911 GT3 RSR for the 2012 racing season with extensive modifications.
Built to conform to the "LM" GTE regulations set by the 24 Hours of Le Mans' organizing body, the 911 GT3 RSR "represents the crowning pinnacle of a range of successful customer sport race cars that are based on the 997 type 911 GT3 RS street sports car."
The most evident change the 911 GT3 RSR has received for the 2012 season is that it is now wider by 48mm. The nose and rear panels have also been adapted for the flared front and rear wheel arches as are the door sill and the wheel arch coverings. The car's air intake has also been revised as new ducts on the rear side sections, similar to that of the turbo 911 variants, replace the air scoop on the engine hood.
Powering the updated 911 GT3 RSR is a 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine that, fitted with a mandatory air-restrictor, generates 460hp to drive the 310-millimeter wide rear wheels via a paddle shift-operated six-speed sequential gearbox. The diameter of the front wheels has also been increased by 30mm to now measure 680 millimeters.
According to Porsche, the 911 GT3 RSR can be raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans Series, the American Le Mans Series, the International GT Open as well as in other series and races.
"Our customer teams can expect a technically mature, high-performance race car with which they will be highly competitive at international long distance races," said Hartmut Kristen, chief of Porsche Motorsport. "Our test program on various international race tracks is currently running at full speed. We are very pleased with the car’s performance and driveability."
The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will be delivered to customer teams around the world from January 2012 with a selling price of €498,000 (roughly P29.356 million).