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New Porsche 911 GT3 R Under Development for 2019

A new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 R is under development for 2019, according to Porsche GT boss Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser…

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A new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 R is under development for 2019, according to Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.

The German manufacturer has revealed plans to roll out with an updated version of its championship-winning GT3 model, following the conclusion of the three-year homologation period for its current 911 GT3 R, which debuted in 2016.

Walliser stressed the new-gen Porsche, which will retain its rear-engined design, would be more of an “update” rather than an all-new car, despite carrying a new homologation number.

“The homologation period is for three years; the homologation time is five years; so the [current] car is valid for five years,” Walliser told Sportscar365. “This is the first time you can apply for a new homologation number.

“You have a different homologation basis as we have to take the next street car, then you have some changes in the shape of the car.

“It’s a new car. Technically we’re talking on a new update, but it’s a new car.”

The new-gen Porsche is understood to be similar to the evolution Audi made between the R8 LMS ultra and its current R8 LMS, which has separate FIA homologation numbers and cannot be upgraded. 

It would mark the fifth Porsche 911 model to be GT3 homologated, following the 997 GT3 Cup car in 2006, the 911 GT3 Cup S, 997-based 911 GT3 R and current-gen 991 version of the 911 GT3 R (pictured above).

When asked whether the car has already begun track testing, Walliser said: “You have to properly test it and deliver a proven car.”

He indicated it could take part in selected VLN races in the second half of next year, prior to its rollout to customers for 2019.

Current-Gen Porsche “Still Competitive”

Walliser has stressed that its current-gen 911 GT3 R will still remain a competitive option for customers, thanks to Balance of Performance.

An optional Evo kit will be made available for the car next year, with the updated package having already debuted in VLN competition.

“What we want to avoid is that we make a big update, and then it’s mandatory for everybody,” Walliser said. “Every customer has to invest and it’s only for one year. It just pushes the costs up.

“This is the positive side on the BoP, is that the BoP management is properly done.

“With the three-year homologation period, we don’t push the performance, we work on reliability, run time costs and all those things. Nobody’s investing heavily in performance.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Luc

    December 1, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I continue to be surprised how much better looking the RSR continues to be compared to the GT3 which doesn’t look right to me….

    • Matt

      December 1, 2017 at 10:40 am

      That’s just a matter of opinion… the GT3 looks amazing to me.

      • Mike s

        December 1, 2017 at 1:38 pm

        I agree. The RSR had the bumper ripped off for a bigger diffuser and the mirrors are the L shaped type. The lines don’t fit the RSR. The GT3 at this point looks better. To each his own though.

  2. Matt

    December 1, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Why can’t the current R8 be updated?

    • daedalus

      December 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      there is a limit to how often you can provide updates in order to keep costs down and prevent an arms race. I think you are allowed one update over the course of a homologation period but it might depend on how long the homologation period is I think you have to wait 3 years after initial homologation before you can provide an update.

      • Matt

        December 1, 2017 at 6:24 pm

        Right but Dagys is saying the current R8 current R8 cannot be upgraded. It was introduced in 2015 so why not?

        • Curtis

          December 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm

          It should be able to be updated following the 2018 season.

  3. Trevor Smith

    December 3, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I’d really like to see the turbo motor from the 991.2 GT2 homologated for GT3 use. As long as Porsche continues to run the NA motor, BOP will force the governing bodies to slow down the GTLM/GTE-PRO cars to point that the GTD/GTE-AM cars are keeping pace. It would be nice to see a little distinction in speed between the classes on track.

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