As more manufacturers begin to take over manufacturing and design operations across the world, Porsche appears to have big plans for the year ahead. While the Taycan Cross Turismo is pretty cool, it’s the new Porsche 911 GT3 we’re all passionate about. With a reveal that was supposed to happen at the canceled 2021 Geneva Motor Show, Which Car Australia has learned some news of a very likely launch in Q1 2021. While a date is a good one, which is still best of all, there’s more information pointing to a faster, lighter and rawer Porsche 911 GT3 than ever before. Much of it is due in large part to radical aerodynamics.
No doubt you’ve seen spy photos and videos of the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 testing at the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit before. Of course, these cars are usually covered to the extreme with all the camouflage to hide details, but the new rear aero is clear as day. Whether it’s standard on the GT3 or part of an optional package, this new GT-inspired wing has its uses. Referred to as the gooseneck rear wing, it does away with the posts mounted on the underside, instead adopting a top mount design.
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Take this excerpt from the article published on Which Car Australia: “Have you ever wondered why an airplane throws the engines under the wing rather than on the top? It’s because, in an airplane, the top of the The wing is the important part, the speed of the air, creating low pressure, and therefore lift. This area must be unbroken. Think of a racing car wing as an inverted airplane wing and you start. wondering why it took so long for things that were not cluttered underneath to appear. “
This design came into effect when racing rules and regulations limited the sizes of the rear aero. The gooseneck design recovers almost 50% of the downforce lost compared to a larger wing, although it is smaller in chord and width. While the actual production car is unlikely to have the same level of aggression as the Porsche 911 RSR GT car, the gains are expected to be similar.