Porsche has publicly unveiled its latest race car based on the 911 model at the Autosport International show at the Birmingham NEC. It's called the 911 GT3 R and replaces the GT3 Cup S. Porsche has tried to make it as accessible as possible by including such equipment as ABS, traction control and an electronic throttle with a ‘blip' function on gearbox down-changes. It makes even the amateur racer feel like a professional.

"Since we announced our intention to launch the 911 GT3 R, demand has been huge," said Uwe Brettel, Head of Motorsport Sales. "The number of GT3 R vehicles we had planned for 2010 is almost sold out."

Power is sourced from a modified boxer engine based on the 3.8-litre version. Cubic capacity has been increased to 4.0-litre and maximum power is 358kW (480bhp) and the vehicle mass is just 1,200 kg (2,646 lbs).

Some body features include LED rear lights, additional wheel arches at the front and rear, a completely covered underbody, a rear diffuser and a more adjustable rear wing.

The suspension system consists of height-adjustable MacPherson struts up front, two-way shock absorbers and double coil springs. At the rear a rigidly mounted sub-frame with a height-adjustable multi-arm axle and more two-way shock absorbers and double coil springs do the job.

A new Racing Driver Development Programme based in Silverstone, UK is geared towards both casual racers and those who are more serious about motorsport. It prepares attendees for everything including skills and knowledge required by the industry.


Gallery: Porsche 911 GT3 R Makes Debut at Autosport International

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