Why Porsche Is Giving The New GT3 RS A Formula 1-Inspired Wing


Why Porsche Is Giving The New GT3 RS A Formula 1-Inspired Wing

We delve into how and why a setup like this works.



Wings and spoilers are a major part of modern-day automotive design, particularly when it comes to high-performance cars. Even on regular cars, a simple spoiler can adjust the way air flows over a car’s body, making it slipperier and more efficient. For a sports car or supercar, making it slip through the air better makes it faster, but these wings and spoilers also enhance downforce, making them more stable at speed and more capable of taking corners at higher speeds due to enhanced grip levels. So why is it such big news that the 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is going to be getting an active rear wing? And why do we care so much that it’s going to be a Formula 1-styled wing with a DRS system? Allow us to explain:



Earlier this week, CarBuzz uncovered a patent filing by Porsche for a new active rear wing. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this design looks identical to what we’ve seen on prototypes of the new GT3 RS lapping the Nurburgring. But how does this wing differ from the one on the standard GT3 or the 718 Cayman GT4 RS? Both are top-hung ‘swan-neck’ wings, so at first glance, you might not notice the difference, but the difference is important.



In the patent, we can see how Porsche has hidden an actuator in the base of the wing, or rather beneath the bodywork of the rear of the 911. A single linear actuator pushes out which in turn prompts the movement of several rods and rotators, ultimately resulting in a plane of the rear wing twisting to change the angle at which it faces oncoming air.



The principle is not at all that different from what we’ve seen on many supercars including the McLaren Senna, P1, Ford GT, and various Koenigseggs to name just a few. So how does Porsche’s design differ?



For the full story, check out this article from Car Buzz.


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