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With the Daytona 24 upon us, digest some 911 GT3 R specs and driver feedback

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

By Damon Lowney

In early December WeatherTech Racing took delivery of its new Porsche 911 GT3 R race car, the one Porsche announced in May that costs $469,000. Just five days later the team with partner Alex Job Racing had the car testing at Sebring International Raceway. Here's some insight into what you can expect of the new GT3 R when more Porsche teams bring theirs out to the Roar Before the 24 test session, based on feedback and specs WeatherTech Racing provided in a recent press release.

  1. 4.0-liter flat six used in the GT3 RS road car makes more than 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque in GT3 R application
  2. Equipped with sequential six-speed transmission
  3. Better brakes. Front: six-piston calipers with 380-millimeter slotted rotors. Rear: four-piston calipers with 372-mm rotors
  4. Improved aerodynamics with more downforce
  5. The drivers like it (see below)

Leh Keen - Driver: “The new Porsche is a huge step forward from the car we have been racing," Keen says. "The added downforce really helps the stability. The car has ran flawlessly throughout our test. We are really happy with it. For me as a driver whose spent most of my career in a Porsche, it's great to get behind the wheel of Porsche's latest and greatest 911 racecar.

Cooper MacNeil - Driver: “The new Porsche is really fun to drive,” MacNeil says. “The new 911 has improved in nearly every aspect compared to the car we raced the last two years. It is most noticeable here at Sebring in the high-speed turns like one and 17. The aero advance with the rear splitter and larger rear wing makes the car easier to drive.

Gunnar Jeanette - Driver: “The new Porsche 911 GT3 R is a pretty awesome piece,” Jeannette says. “I think the last Porsche I raced professionally was actually all the way back in 2007, so it's pretty apparent that things have moved along a good bit since then. From what Cooper and Leh have said this car is a quantum leap ahead of what they've been driving the last few years.

Be sure to follow test session results on IMSA.com in preparation for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's inaugural Rolex 24 at Daytona Jan. 30-31.

Scroll down for the full press release.

Source: WeatherTech Racing and Porsche
Photos courtesy WeatherTech Racing


Official WeatherTech Racing Press Release

WeatherTech Racing Makes First Tracks with New 911 GT3 R
By Kyle Chura

WeatherTech Racing took the all-new No. 22 Porsche 911 GT3 R to Sebring International Raceway for its first shakedown December 9-10.

The team was the first to receive the new, built to FIA GT3 specs Porsche in North America. Alex Job and his crew wasted no time, unboxed the car on Friday, December 4 and had it on the demanding 3.7-mile, 17-turn Sebring circuit five days later.

The new GT3 R features improved aerodynamic efficiency compared to its winning predecessor, to go along with improved drivability and further optimized safety. The over 500 hp (368 kW) GT racer stickers at $469,000 (429,000 euros) plus tax and shipping. The engine is the 4.0-liter flat-six with direct injection from the GT3 RS road car, delivering 339 pound-feet of torque. A sequential six-speed gearbox transfers the power to the rear wheels. Braking has been improved as well. The GT3 R’s 380mm slotted front discs are clamped by six-piston aluminum calipers and the 372mm rear discs are paired with four-piston calipers. Additionally a noticeable rear diffusor helps channel to channel air contributing mightily to 911’s handling.

In addition to exercising the new GT3 R the team welcomed Gunnar Jeannette back to the seat of a Porsche. Jeannette will join the team for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 50th running of the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona at the end of January.

“The new Porsche 911 GT3 R is a pretty awesome piece,” Jeannette said. “I think the last Porsche I raced professionally was actually all the way back in 2007, so it's pretty apparent that things have moved along a good bit since then. From what Cooper and Leh have said this car is a quantum leap ahead of what they've been driving the last few years. I think this is also the first time I've ever been the shortest driver on a team at 6'1. It makes the seat situation really easy! I'm looking forward to working with these guys with their extensive amount of Porsche experience to get me up to speed quickly for the 24. I am really excited to be a part of the WeatherTech family.”

Regular WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen also expressed enthusiasm for the new Porsche race car.

“The new Porsche is really fun to drive,” MacNeil said. “The new 911 has improved in nearly every aspect compared to the car we raced the last two years. It is most noticeable here at Sebring in the high-speed turns like one and 17. The aero advance with the rear splitter and larger rear wing makes the car easier to drive. We are looking forward to the Roar test next month to see how it behaves at Daytona.”

Keen likes the down force that the new 911 is generating, “The new Porsche is a huge step forward from the car we have been racing. The added downforce really helps the stability. The car has ran flawlessly throughout our test. We are really happy with it. For me as a driver whose spent most of my career in a Porsche, it's great to get behind the wheel of Porsche's latest and greatest 911 racecar. Can't wait to race it next month!”

The team will take to the track for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Roar Before the 24, Jan. 8-10 and then line-up for the 50th running of the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona Jan. 29-31.

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