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Comparison BetweenFerrari 296 GT3 And Porsche 911 GT3 R


According to the Wapcar automotive news, The world of motorsport allows car manufacturers to express their values. Motorsport not only inspires them to build fast and fast cars but also to meet the needs and desires of specific customers. Automakers are even racing to test new technologies and transfer them to their future road cars. Therefore, motorsport has always been an ideal venue for car manufacturers. 

One of the different arenas in the world of motorsport where car manufacturers compete with each other is the GT3 Group, or simply known as GT3. Serving as the de facto catalog for several domestic and international GT lines, the GT3 features the racers that automakers have produced based on road cars. 

This latest GT3 race car comes from two of the oldest sports car and supercar manufacturers: Ferrari and Porsche. Both automakers recently introduced the Ferrari 296 GT3 and the Porsche 911 GT3 R. 

While the two GT3 challengers promise to deliver race car-like merchandise to winning customers, they have big shoes to fill, as their predecessors have enjoyed much success. However, while the Ferrari 296 GT3 and Porsche 911 GT3 R are quite different in many ways, it’s hard to resist comparing these ultimate racing machines.

Powertrain: Engine and Gearbox

Starting with the Ferrari 296 GT3, this new race car features a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with a 120-degree V-profile with even firing. This engine was borrowed from the factory of the Ferrari 296 GTB, without the electrical elements. It’s more compact and lighter than its road counterpart, by eliminating various things. 

However, the mill under the hood of the Ferrari 296 GT3 is still going strong, although regulators often limit performance to some extent. Ferrari engineers tuned this engine to deliver approximately 600 hp at 7,250 rpm and 523 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine sends power to the wheels via a  specially developed transverse sequential transmission, a six-speed transmission with an e-shift rotary actuator with paddles on the steering wheel. 

On the other hand, the engine of the Porsche 911 GT3 R is a water-cooled flat-six with four-valve technology and direct fuel injection – the same as the base 4.0-liter engine. However, its capacity is  4.2 liters larger, allowing maximum power to be increased to 557 horsepower, with optimized torque and power curves across the rev range. 

The Porsche boxer engine sends power to the steering wheel through a six-speed sequentially constant mesh transmission, with paddle shifters on the steering wheel with an electronic shifter. 

On more open asphalt roads, it is easy to accelerate thanks to the engine.

Vehicle and chassis dynamics 

 Ferrari chose to make the  296 GT3’s frame as light as possible by making it from aluminum. It also enables the 296 GT3  to provide better and more efficient ballast management, with safety guaranteed through careful design, sophisticated simulation and advanced technology. 

Ferrari 296 GT3 has a 296 GTB longer wheelbase and a different suspension design from the 488 GT3. It uses double wishbones in the front and rear suspension, which Ferrari has designed to provide a wide range of adjustments to deliver the best possible setup. The automaker has overhauled and upgraded the brakes with newly designed brake calipers and discs and switched to Rotiform mode for the all-new forged wheels.

Meanwhile, the Porsche 911 GT3 R wants to dominate the track by making numerous modifications to the suspension design – with the aim of assisting handling and allowing for more precise steering. As a result, its front suspension uses a double wishbone layout, while the rear has a multi-link design. Its upgraded KW damper now offers five adjustment settings. 

Porsche has moved the rear wheel to the rear, extending the wheelbase of the 911 GT3 R from 2,459mm to 2,507mm. This reduces the load on the rear tires while improving the consistency of rubber performance over longer runs. Stopping power is provided in the form of monolithic aluminum racing brake calipers and AP brake spindles, with the help of Bosch’s 5th generation racing ABS. 

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Exterior, Interior And Aerodynamics

With a carbon fiber body with an aluminum roof, the Ferrari 296 GT3 doesn’t have the aero equipment that looks quite like the 296 GTB. However, Ferrari’s work on the 296 GT3 involves achieving maximum grip and handling while ensuring that the car still offers optimal aerodynamic performance suitable for the track. Aerodynamic elements include a front splitter, multiple front fender vents, a diving plane, a rear extractor, a rear diffuser and a large “gooseneck” rear wing. 

In response to feedback from racers and factory customers, Ferrari redesigned the cockpit of the 296 GT3. Still offering a high level of safety, the cockpit is now equipped with adjustable pedals and a steering wheel. Now it’s easier to access from the outside with key functions at your fingertips. Its steering wheel is inspired by Formula 1 cars and now integrates various controls and functions. 

On the other hand, the Porsche 911 GT3 R has a lightweight body with a clever aluminum-steel design. Its design is focused on function, even if its shape remains great. Aerodynamic elements include an enlarged front bumper with a spoiler, a fender with a carbon fiber rear cover and rear fender extension, and a rear fender with a “gooseneck” strut. 

Safety features include a welded roll cage, removable roof hatches, six-pin carbon racing seats and six-point seat belts. It comes with an adjustable bottom rack and steering column, as well as a central air intake to ventilate the cockpit. Featuring carbon fiber interior trim, the 911 GT3 R features a multi-function carbon fiber steering wheel and an ergonomic digital touchscreen with multi-color backlighting.

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