Porsche begin testing 2017-spec 911 GTE


Porsche has announced that it has successfully started testing the successor to its 911 RSR following the completion of a shakedown at its Weissach facility. Set to make its competition debut in 2017, the 911 RSR replacement is to begin the next 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,” said Marco Ujhasi, overall project manager GT Works Motorsport. “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. “The race debut of a completely new vehicle at a 24-hour race is a big challenge. But we are right on schedule,” added the head of Porsche Motorsport, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser.


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