Porsche unveils new GTE car ahead of 2017 debut

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Porsche has today announced that its new GTE car has entered the test phase ahead of its debut in 2017, replacing the 911 RSR.

The new GTE car will make its race debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona next January, but has already enjoyed a successful roll-out at Porsche’s Weissach test track.

“It is definitely unusual to put several drivers behind the wheel at a rollout,” Marco Ujhasi, the 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.”

Porsche ended its factory programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE Pro class after winning both the drivers’ and teams’ titles in 2015, reverting to a privateer entry with the Dempsey Proton team.

However, it is poised to revive its factory entry to the class for next season with the new car, as well as racing it in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“The race debut of a completely new vehicle at a 24-hour race is a big challenge,” head of Porsche motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffan Walliser said.

“But we are right on schedule.”