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Porsche has announced it is releasing yet another racing car in the 2010 motorsport season. The 911 GT3 R will be raced by customers in series based on the international FIA GT3 regulations and will succeed the 911 GT3 Cup S.

The automaker says the main focus in developing the new model was better drivability and easier handling. An anti-lock brake system, traction control and an electronic gas with “throttle-blip” function make it easier to get used to this new GT3 racing car than its predecessor, making the new model easier to drive for ambitious amateur racing drivers.

The 911 GT3 R is powered by a four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine delivering 480 horsepower, transmitted to the rear axle by a sequential six-speed gearbox.

The 911 GT3 R, which weighs just 1,200 kilograms, is based on the 911 GT3 Cup, presented in September and designed for one-make cup racing. Thanks to its increased engine size — up from 3.8 litres — the GT3 R offers 30 hp more than the Cup model.

Both cars are based on the extra-wide body of the 911 GT3 RS street-legal sports car. On the GT3 R, flared wheel arches added on to the body both front and rear indicate a wider track than on the former model. And like all new 911 models, the GT3 R also comes with LED rear light clusters.

The 911 GT3 R will debut in January at the Birmingham Motor Show. The car is built by Porsche’s Motorsport Department at the Weissach Development Centre and will be delivered to customer teams around the world starting in spring. The base price is 279,000 euros (approximately $443,000).

source: network.nationalpost

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