When Porsche built the new 991 we were able to take a look at it and compared it to the previous 997 version. We found the new car was much better than the outgoing car despite being bigger. Nearly a year later the new race car is nearly finished. The 991 GT3 RSR has been testing this winter at Sebring International Raceway. Porsche has already confirmed the car WILL be racing in 2013 at the 24 Hours of LeMans as well as in the World Endurance Championship(WEC) series in Europe but will not be racing in Grand-Am or ALMS this year. With the WEC season opener on the horizon Porsche plans to test at a few more locations just to be safe.
The official details of the car are yet to be released but the previous car (seen below) was powered by a 4.0L flat-6 producing somewhere around 460 hp along with the sequential 6 speed transmission. We expect the 991 RSR to have similar figures.
Hartmut Kristen, Porsche’s Head of Motorsport, is pleased with the results at Sebring and said, “We are very pleased with how testing has gone so far. Sebring is very well suited to put a new vehicle through some demanding trials, and a very good rehearsal for one of the toughest races of all, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. We will conduct some final tests on other race tracks so that our new 911 RSR is well and truly ready for the World Endurance Championship season.” The WEC is set to start April 14th at Silverstone where two cars will be entered driven in the GTE class by factory drivers Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet, Marc Lieb, and Joerg Bergmeister.