New Porsche 911 GT3: YOLO purchase

The masking has fallen off, all technical data is in the light. Now we know even more about the new Porsche 911 GT3. Type everything except how it is to drive. The pandemic has affected development, but not demand. “This is a YOLO * purchase,” said Andreas Preuninger, head of Porsche’s GT models.

Many hours in the wind tunnel have created a body with a massive downforce. All panels are lighter than on the Carrera model.

We are about 40 motoring journalists from all over the world participating in the Zoom meeting. We would get an hour with Andreas Preuninger, the head of Porsche’s GT models, but have dragged over the time by 45 minutes. The questions are many, initiated and Andreas answers honestly and enthusiastically. It is an evening work (seven hours before us) journalist from Malaysia who asks the simple but inevitable question:

Has the pandemic affected the work with the car?

“Are you kidding ?! Just everything has been affected by the current situation. It has been extremely difficult at times because we have not been able to drive the cars on trucks to test facilities in Italy and other countries, instead we have been forced to drive the cars ourselves. For the tests in the US we managed to get permission to fly over test cars, but no drivers.That’s why there have been so many spy photos on GT3, our hired drivers have not kept track of how to glide under the radar so to speak.It’s okay now but felt frustrating then We have also not been able to work in large enough groups in Weissach and now that the car is ready, it actually feels sad to have to meet you like this, over Zoom, instead of being able to show the car at a salon. I really miss being able to meet you all.”

Hooray, even PDK has got a real gear selector, which can be switched with.

Andreas is always humorous and at the same time very, very knowledgeable.

Chinese media are not included, new GT3 will not be sold there due to emissions regulations. And if Covid-19 has been a nuisance, it can be understood that the increasingly stringent environmental requirements around the world have been the biggest challenge.

“The engine is the same as in the 911 Speedster. The particle filter has required a new mapping and we are extremely happy with it, the fact is that we should have stated the power to 520 horses, it is a very nimble machine. One more thing, the one that “he thinks it will have more effect by removing or punching holes in the particle filter. He is mistaken. The ECU mapping is adapted exactly to the resistance of the exhaust system, if you start tinkering with it, the car will definitely not work well.”

The fact that the particle filter has inhibited the sound image is not something you can stick under a chair with. In an urban environment, when the engine has a low load, it is significantly quieter than before. Andreas is clear, however, that they have not worked with sound design in terms of creating a cool exhaust sound. However, the department of “sound engineering” has taken care to counteract any vibrations that create noise.

The launch color is called Shark Blue, and it is also available on interior details.

“Noise requirements are constantly being tightened, we have made sure that the GT3 is exactly on the border of what is allowed “, reassures Andreas Preuninger.

Pandemics and environmental requirements are the mentioned challenges. But what has really been most difficult with the development is all the paperwork. “When we developed the 991.2 GT3, everything was simple. This time we are building the GT3 on a completely new platform in the form of the 992 generation. This has meant that extremely many documents have to be filled in and approved. That is the back of the job. The reward will come “when I get to test drive all the newly developed components. It’s extremely exciting to try different parts, get a receipt of whether we thought right at the drawing board.”

That the 992 is a larger car disturbs Andreas a bit, it shows. The limit has been reached! It has therefore been of utmost importance that the new GT3 did not become heavier than its predecessor. The body looks to come from 992, but in principle every plate on the body and frame is made of lighter metal or carbon fiber. In order to reach the desired service weight, it has been necessary to bargain heavily on noise-reducing material. “The road noise in the cabin is higher than in its predecessor, it is on a par with the expired GT3 RS.”

My name is called out by the current press officer and I get to ask my questions at the Zoom meeting.

The club sports package (cage etc.) is free – but requires shell chairs for SEK 55,900 …

Will the GT3 have the carbon fiber roof that is optional on the Carrera? And can you already tell me when the GT3 Touring will arrive? Finally, the manual transmission in the previous GT3 Touring could be shifted without releasing the accelerator pedal, does that function live on?

“Ah, fun that you thought about it, I start from the back. Yep,” shift without lift “is still on the manual gearbox! Now we prefer to talk about GT3 but it is no secret that Touring is underway, I can say so “It’s a lot that it’s launched in time for buyers to enjoy the car at least for a while before winter comes back. The carbon fiber roof, it will be optional. Personally, I think this is ‘too much’ on the model, it fits better on the GT3 RS.”

An alert journalist from Austria has noted that the engine cover lacks a “Ram air intake” which forcibly feeds the machine with air at higher speeds. The solution was included in the planning stage, but it turned out that this disturbed the air currents around the new top-hung wing. But overall, the aerodynamics over the roof and rear window are better, there is enough air down to the air slots on the engine cover.

The chassis’ great novelty with double link arm suspension at the front (for the first time on a street legal 911) apparently does and unsurprisingly works wonders for road holding. But the four-wheel steering should also be emphasized. The 992 GT3 is not test driven without this steering, but its predecessor was three to four seconds faster around the Nürburgring thanks to added steering on the rear axle.

The light ramp now runs over the entire rear section.

Aerodynamics has been the most important component for road maintenance. The new GT3 has 15–115 percent more downforce compared to its predecessor, depending on the attitude you have on the front spoiler and wing, there are four positions on both.

“We have skipped active engine mounts, it is not needed on this platform where the engine is part of the body reinforcement. There we saved almost five kilos. We also opted out of the eight-speed PDK box for two reasons. In part, it can not be changed manually, because it others create the overdrive unnecessary weight. Seven-speed PDK Sport is 18 kg lighter. Weight saving is the future for us. I do not believe in higher power than the one we have now, it will not work without electrification or overcharging. The way out is to freeze the power around 520 horses and in the future pursue performance in lightweight materials. “

Andreas has to rush to the next meeting. Once again, he clarifies that he would have liked to have taken this meeting face to face. “As I said, the pandemic has affected us in all but one direction. The urge to buy remains and is perhaps even stronger. People have changed their habits and found more gratitude in life. YOLO as well, GT3 will be a real YOLO purchase!”.

* YOLO = Acronym for the motto You Only Live Once

911 makes Zoom a success

During the Zoom meeting interrupts Porsche’s press officer to name my background image at Zoom the best for the journalist corps. Andreas Preuninger agrees and reveals: “You will see that dress again soon.” Exciting! The Schottenkaro Rot outfit thus seems to be making a comeback, probably in the GT3 Touring. Do you want the same Zoom background as me? Click on the image and you will get it in a larger format!


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