Set to make its race debut at the 2017 24 hours of Daytona, Porsche’s new GTE-spec car has already completed a successful rollout on the test track in Weissach, Germany. Several of the company’s drivers were able drive it – Marco Ujhasi, Overall Project Manager GT Works Motorsport added “Since all of our works drivers are involved in the development of the new car, the ones who could fit it into their schedules came to Weissach and turned a couple of laps.” The car will now go on to test at other circuits around the world.
“The race debut of a completely new vehicle at a 24-hour race is a big challenge. But we are right on schedule,” explained the Head of Porsche Motorsport, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser.
Porsche are currently trailing the World Endurance Championship points table in the GTE class behind Ferrari, Aston Martin and the resurgent Ford, so its easy to understand why they’re launching a new race car so soon after the 991 RSR. Cars in the GTE category are of course homologated from road cars so no doubt this announcement will get Porsche aficionados’ hearts racing at the prospect of yet another new GT3. And given the way its road cars are progressing, its entirely possible this latest successor will be turbocharged.
Porsche’s next outing on the world endurance stage will be at Le Mans on 18-19th June and they will no doubt be aiming for a repeat of the overall win and 2nd place their 919 Hybrid LMP1 cars achieved last year.