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James Allen

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The Porsche 911 is almost synonymous with the world of motorsports, so it shouldn't be too surprising to hear that there's now an all-new racing version of Stuttgart's iconic sports car.

Based on the 991 generation 911 that went on sale earlier this year, the 911 GT3 Cup car employs all the racing know-how that the firm's acquired over the many years it's been fielding 911s in the most prestigious and arduous racing events on the calendar.

Providing the go for the new 911 GT3 Cup is a 3.8 flat-six engine with 460bhp (10bhp more than the previous 911 GT3), which is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. Crucially, as it's a world first for a 911 racing car, the gearbox is operated by paddles attached to the steering column.

It's not just the choice of transmission that makes this 911 Cup stand out from its predecessors. For starters, you can only specify it in white, whilst there's a plethora of all-new safety features: the roll cage has been made more rigid, and there's even an emergency hatch in the roof in the eventuality that the doors won't open.

 

Whilst Porsche hasn't officially announced what championships it's eligible to enter are, we can assume that, given it's got the 'Cup' moniker in its name, it's only eligible for Porsche's Mobil 1 Supercup one-make racing series.

And the price for the 911 GT3 Cup? 181,200 Euros, or somewhere between the £145,000-150,000 ballpark at current exchange rates, not including taxes.

However, perhaps the most enticing bit of this news story is that, with the announcement of the 911 racing car, it's likely that the wait for the much-anticipated 911 GT3 road car is, quite possibly, nearly at an end…

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