Porsche Motorsport Development Activity to Transition to Porsche 911
GT3 RSR (type 991) Starting in 2013
Stuttgart, Germany/Santa Ana, Calif. – October 26 --With a new race
car based on the new, seventh-generation Porsche 911 (type 991) street
car on the horizon, Porsche Motorsport has announced it will wind down
its development program for the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (type 997) – a
very successful venture which began in the American Le Mans Series
(ALMS) in 2005.
Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche Motorsport worldwide, in making the
announcement, explained that the current 911 race car will reach the
end of its product cycle, and, while support will continue for
customer teams, further new component development will be discontinued
in favor of resources devoted to the all-new car.
"Just like our recent Porsche RS Spyder program, we must
appreciate the success of our race cars during their product cycle,
but move on to new models when it is time to do so. The venerable
Porsche 911 GT3 RSR has provided our Porsche customer teams with
numerous wins and championships, and will remain competitive in 2013.
Porsche will support the customer teams which continue to race that
car, but the time has come and we now must focus our research and
engineering development efforts on its successor," said Mr.
"The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is slated to make its North American
debut in 2014," said Kristen.
In North America, the development partner helping to design, engineer
and implement improvements in the current 911 RSR race car has been
Flying Lizard Motorsports in the GT class of the ALMS. This
partnership now is discontinued.
Jens Walther, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, was quick
to point out that customer teams still wishing to run the current 911
race car will be able to continue to do so in the American Le Mans
Series with full at-the-track engineering and parts support. PMNA shop
service from Porsche will also continue in 2013.
"We will be at the track with our usual support for 2013, and
some of our current customer teams have already committed to run the
911 GT3 RSR (type 997) next year. Each of the current teams will be
announcing their plans as we get closer to the ALMS Winter Test in
February," he said.
Walther also pointed out that the Flying Lizards have been a terrific
development partner since they took on the role with Porsche
Motorsport in 2007.
"Team owner Seth Neiman and his entire Flying Lizard Motorsports
organization have helped both Porsche Motorsport and all our customer
teams around the world by being our development partner in the U.S.
Together we have won multiple championships in the ALMS. The team has
assisted in testing everything from new engines and transmissions to
the latest aero package we introduced earlier this year – all to
improve the car for everyone. In the midst of all that, they won three
straight ALMS GT championships in the most competitive class in sports
car racing. We thank Seth and his team for that service, and hope
their racing plans going forward continue to include Porsche,"
"It's impressive how the 911 GT3 RSR has developed from year to
year. The lap times alone are astounding, because despite the
restrictions imposed on us again and again by the regulations, the car
just got faster every year," says Porsche works driver Joerg
Bergmeister, who has celebrated the majority of his successes at the
wheel of the 911 GT3 RSR.
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