The 992 GT3 is almost on its way. In anticipation, Porsche released a handful of photos of a pre-production version of the next track-bred 911, and well, would you take a gander at the rear wing?
This is not the first time we’ve seen the new GT3’s most prominent aerodynamic device, but it’s our clearest look yet at the hidden final design. “Hanged” wings like this are still not as common on road cars, but the awkward shape has a purpose. Because the masts support the wing from above, air passing under the wing is not disturbed as much as it normally would be. It results in smaller features than the conventional approach and more efficient downforce production in general.
The other visual differences of the 992 GT3 can mostly be seen in the front, where you will find a new bumper design with a wide central air intake flanked by slats on both sides that channel air behind the wheels. There are also the deep ventilation ducts near the tip of the hood – certainly harder to miss than the sleek passages that the previous GT3 had.
The result is said to be a 50 percent increase in downforce compared to the outgoing 991 GT3, according to Andreas Preuninger, Porsche’s GT vehicle director, who passed on the gains to Edmunds.
Although not much has been done on the power front, Preuninger said it was hard enough just to hold 992 GT3 naturally absorbed – another major update is reserved for the front suspension, which ditches MacPherson double wishbone stiffeners derived from the 911 RSR. This is the first time such a setup has been mounted on a road-going 911, and it should keep the tires even more planted through the turns.
It does not take long before the new GT3 bends in true production-ready trim, but this sneaky text offers little to complain about, stylistically. And since it is a 911 GT3, it will probably also be a dream to drive. Do not anticipate any surprises there.