The most successful GT race car of the 2015 season will be replaced by a completely new race car in 2017. The successor to the 911 RSR has already completed a successful rollout on the test track in Weissach, Germany. Now begins the test phase on selected racetracks around the world.
At its first test runs at Weissach, the majority of the Porsche works drivers were able to get a first impression of the new 2017 GTE race car. “It is definitely unusual to put several drivers behind the wheel at a rollout,” Marco Ujhasi, Overall Project Manager GT Works Motorsport said. “But 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 first outing of the RSR successor is planned for January 2017 at the 24-hour race at Daytona, U.S.A. “The race debut of a completely new vehicle at a 24-hour race is a big challenge. But we are right on schedule,” Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport, explained.
The current edition of the Porsche 911 RSR is entered in two of the world’s most popular endurance series, the WEC (World Endurance Championship) and IMSA Sportscar Championship. The Porsche North America works squad enters two 911 RSR for the IMSA Sportscar series’ eleven rounds, the most important sports car race series in the USA and Canada. In the third season of the most important sports car championship in the USA, the two 911 RSRs, piloted by Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy, along with other drivers, take on the famed 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
In the WEC, Porsche is of course the reigning champions, going into its third season, this year, as the title defenders. Two 919 Hybrid racers are nominated to take on the nine rounds of the WEC, with the starting numbers one and two. Porsche is also participating another pair of 911 RSR at the Le Mans 24-hour race. Sharing the cockpit of one vehicle are Patrick Pilet and Kévin Estre with Nick Tandy. The sister car has been earmarked for Earl Bamber, Frédéric Makowiecki and Jörg Bergmeister.