Not quite ready to say goodbye to the current Porsche 911? Own a racing team? Then you’re in luck: Porsche has just unwrapped the new 2012 911 GT3 Cup racer, which is still an evolution of the 997 generation car.
Based off of the road-going 911 GT3, the GT3 Cup incorporates all of the weight-saving technology of the road-going model, but adds a number of race-ready features. As was the case last year, GT3 Cups also receive a bespoke exhaust system and 18-inch aluminum racing wheels, but 2012 models are now fitted a new, 26.5-gallon FT3 fuel tank. That last revision helps bring the Cup up to current safety regulations, and has been deemed suitable by Porsche for endurance racing.
The GT3 Cup receives a blade-type anti-roll bar up front and a seven-position, adjustable rear anti-roll bar. Teams running in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup are also able to order their cars with ceramic composite brakes, which shave roughly 20 pounds. Underhood, the Cup is almost identical to its street-legal sibling: a 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder engine churns out 450 hp.
But wait — if a new 911 (codenamed the 991) is due to debut by the end of the year, when will we see an all-new Cup car? We’d wager the answer is “after 2013,” since Porsche says the new 2012 model will be able to run in 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Teams looking to pick up a GT3 Cup for track use better prepare to shell out some serious coin. Porsche Motorsport prices the 2012 GT3 Cup at €161,750 ($231,600), excluding country-specific taxes.