New Porsche GT3 car in “good shape” to debut in 2023 – Sportscar365

New Porsche GT3 car in "good shape" to debut in 2023 – Sportscar365

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According to project manager Sebastian Golz, Porsche is in “good shape” with the development of its new GT3 car that will hit the global customer racing market next year.

The German manufacturer is introducing a 992-based Porsche 911 GT3 R to replace the current 991.2 model of the same name that has been operating since 2019.

Golz said extensive track testing, which has taken place at several European circuits, including Spa-Francorchamps, Barcelona and Monza, has enabled the GT3 engineering team to get the product in a high-performing and reliable condition ahead of launch.

“We are more or less at the end of the development phase of the car,” Golz told Sportscar365.

“We’ve already done our endurance, so reliability is good. We are in good shape. The car performs well and the baseline is definitely there.

“Now we have time to define how we want to introduce the car setup-wise in 2023.

“This still needs some fine-tuning as we define the car for the coming years.”

In many of its private tests, Porsche raced the 992-generation GT3 car alongside its 2019 predecessor, which has racked up several major wins over the past three and a half years.

This exercise allowed the development team to observe the new car’s baseline and quickly identify areas for improvement.

Notable wins achieved by teams running the 2019 Porsche GT3 included GPX Racing and ROWE Racing at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa and Manthey Racing at the Nürburgring 24.

“We have a high goal to achieve,” said Golz. “The new car must [at] perform at least at the same level as the current one.

“I think in every test we got to the new car with the current car. We tested them at the same time under the same conditions, also switching drivers in between as a reference.

“It was always done at the same theoretical BoP points that we put in the car. And then we drove and we could compare the handling, performance, top speed, acceleration.

“This will help you assess where you are on the new car.”

Golz explained that some aspects of the new GT3 machine, such as some aero components, were modified in response to the findings of these side-by-side testing, although the overall design hasn’t changed since the drawing board.

“In the beginning, the baseline was very good,” he said.

“The performance was there right away, so we were able to participate right out of the box. But in the beginning there were some things that we thought were not right.

“On the top speed side, we had to figure out why the car wasn’t [as] competitive as the old one. We found out that there was something wrong with the car, so we recognized it and checked it with our simulations and the track information we had.

“Then we found the problem, so it was very important to have this reference car on track.

“We saw that something must be wrong and we figured out what the problem was, and we changed it, so now we’re on the side where we expected to be.

“If you’re alone, maybe it’s because of the environmental conditions, the track or tires. You never know exactly what the reason is.

“But when you have a reference car there, you know it has to be different, for better or for worse.”

The 992 is expected to make its racing debut in pre-homologation trim later this year, with Golz identifying the NLS and 24H Series as potential arenas in which he could appear.

Porsche is eager to integrate customers into the final stages of the testing process as it monitors how the systems work in the hands of independent drivers and teams.

“It is a great honor for them to be allowed to drive a car that has not yet been sold to customers,” said Golz.

“Some teams work at a different budget level because they do a lot of races, but they don’t have the big budget of the background to pay for special tools and all that stuff.

“Can they handle anything? If not, we may have done something wrong. That’s why we need this.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among others.