Here’s why the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is an aerodynamic masterpiece

The wait is finally over. Covers and camo stripped, the new porsche The 911 GT3 RS is aerodynamic as ever. It promises to be the most track-focused GT car to date with a plethora of new advantages and aerodynamic improvements over the already track-focused 911 GT3.

After months of intense testing at the Nürburgring, accompanied by tantalizing spy photos, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer seems to have hit the nail on the head for the umpteenth time. With Andreas Preuninger at the helm, as he has been for 21 years, it’s no surprise that the 992 GT3 is better than the much-lauded ‘almost perfect’ generation 991.2 GT3 RS.

The new 911 GT3 RS is all about downforce

As we’ve seen in recent years, the naturally aspirated engine is dying, with turbocharged counterparts (even the GT2 RS) capable of incredible power increases. However, Porsche has stayed true to itself unlike many, keeping the GT3 a naturally aspirated beast. Of course this comes with costs; the GT3 uses the usual 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine that produces just 518hp (using new and refined camshafts, cam profiles and a motorsport-derived intake system), which surely sounds pretty low for 2022 Also, it’s a meager increase over the 991 generation.

So what makes this generation 992 so much better? It’s a crazy stat: It actually produces twice as much downforce as the previous car. You read that right: a 100% increase in downforce. Truly a marvel of Porsche engineering, and a mark of Porsche, this is a car for purists, ready for the track. Most of this is due to the GT3 R race car, from which the RS as a whole was produced, thus a real delight on the track. Us

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The 2023 911 GT3 RS features a motorsport-derived aerodynamic package

Porsche prides itself on not delving into the world of fake or oversized vents. Something a handful of automakers are guilty of. The new GT3 RS is designed for a purpose and is heavily inspired by the GT3 R.

Implemented on the new GT3 RS is the single central radiator. Seen before on the Le Mans class-winning 911 RSR and GT3 R, instead of the fixed three-radiator setup on previous models, the new GT3 RS relies on a single, wide, angular central radiator. This is where the ‘frunk’ would be found on all other 911 models. Yes, this limits practicality, but if that’s what you need, perhaps the 911 GT3 Touring is the right fit. Now the key reason for this, says Porsche, is that it “allowed the freed-up space on the sides to be used to integrate active aerodynamic elements”, thus better braking and airflow around the front axle.

The variably adjustable splitter at the front and the fierce two-layer rear gooseneck spoiler, which houses a fixed lower part and a hydraulically adjustable upper wing, combine forces to produce an astonishing total downforce of 900 lbs at 124 mph and a crushing 1,895 lbs. at 177 mph if you dare. The new RS really has its feet on the ground. As mentioned above, the new 911 GT3 RS generates twice the downforce of its predecessor, the 991-Gen. Another insightful and equally intriguing stat provided by Porsche is that this downforce is a staggering three times greater than the current 992 911 GT3 model. This shows that the GT3 RS really is a monster of the track, considering how much Porsche has upped the game.

For the first time, Porsche has equipped the GT3 RS with DRS (Drag Reduction System), which helps reduce drag on straights and high-speed areas, much like the system seen in F1 cars. This flattens the wings, while an airbrake function is also present, for emergency braking.

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How Porsche optimized the Aero package for the 911 GT3 RS

The extent of the work done on the aerodynamics is representative of the fact that the rear wing sits higher than the roof of the car, a first for a Porsche road car. Additionally, the front end no longer houses a front spoiler, but rather an advanced front splitter that “splits air flowing above and below” helping to reduce downforce. To direct hot air from the radiators at the front away from the engine intake at the rear, Porsche has added special vents in the hood scoops that direct air not up, but to the sides of the car.

Air vents above the front wheels help reduce pressure build-up within the wheel arches. Porsche says that the vents behind the front wheels “reduce dynamic pressure on the wheel arches” and those monstrous sideblades precisely direct air to the side of the vehicle for a slippery ride. Beneath the car, Porsche has added unique active aerodynamic elements to help generate more downforce along with Naca ducts for increased airflow to the rear-mounted six-cylinder engine.

It’s safe to say that Porsche has carefully designed the new 911 GT3 RS to take corners on a race track and go down long straights as fast as possible. As we await the inevitable Nurburgring lap time announcement, we’re pretty sure the 2023 911 GT3 RS will outshine its predecessor by a significant margin.

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