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Porsche reveals ‘lighter, faster’ new 911 model

German carmaker claims new model has over 500 horsepower, features a lightweight design and lower cost of service

Porsche reveals ‘lighter, faster’ new 911 model

Porsche has revealed a new version of its 911 GT3 RS production sports car, the 911 GT3 R customer race car.

The machine, which the German carmaker claims is ‘lighter, more economical and faster’, has over 500 horsepower, features a lightweight design, enhanced aerodynamics, and lower cost of service and spare parts.

Though similar to its predecessor in its four litre flat six engine, the 911 is made in a race track-formatted model with a double-bubble roof and a wheelbase lengthened by 8.3 centimetres.

According to the brand, this gives it more balanced weight distribution in fast corners.

As for its lightweight body design, it boasts an aluminium-steel composite and light carbon-fibre.

All of its windows, including the windscreen, are made of polycarbonate.

The power from the rear engine is transferred to the rear wheels through a Porsche six-speed gearbox. The rear wheels themselves are 310 mm.

Safety wise, the FT3 safety fuel cell was increased to 120 litres, with the tank now boasting a fuel cut-off safety valve.

In case of an emergency, the doors and side windows can be removed, while the escape hatch in the roof is now larger.

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