Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 991Porsche

We were wondering when the racing version of the stunning new Porsche 911 would arrive – and here it is.

Pictured is the new 911 GT3 Cup Type 991, and this all-new model builds on an enviable formula as the GT3 Cup is the most successful racing car in the world.

That's right – thanks to 2,395 units of the near-standard vehicle for customer racing being produced, the series has a vast number of wins to its name.

The all-new car, launched at a special event at Weissach, Germany, is powered by a 3.8-litre six-cylinder flat-six engine, and is produced on the same production line as the road-going 911.

It musters 460bhp - ten more than the previous GT3 Cup car – and has a six-speed "dog-type" gearbox. For the first time ever, this GT3 has shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The wheels are all new, so too are the Michelin tyres which are fatter, while the braking system is new and is more hard-wearing for endurance racing.

Driver safety has also been beefed up. A new safety cage protects the driver in case of a roll or a collision, and there's a rescue hatch in the roof.

"The new 911 GT3 Cup is much easier to drive at the limit," said Porsche factory race driver Timo Bernhard. "The car is excellently balanced. The new axle geometry is enormously positive for the handling. Apart from that, the new Cup 911 is great fun to drive!"

Fancy one? Porsche will ask for around £146k for the privilege, but they'll only sell you one in white and ask very firmly for you to only race it in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.