A first look at Porsche’s new GTE challenger

Porsche has revealed the car that will spearhead its GTE and GTLM racing programs around the world from 2017 onward.

The successor to the 911 RSR completed its initial roll-out at the company’s Weissach headquarters, and will now embark on an extensive testing regime around the world.

Porsche used a number of its works drivers during the preliminary run to reflect their input in the car’s development.

“It is definitely unusual to put several drivers behind the wheel at a rollout,” said works GT overall project manager Marco Ujhasi. “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.”

Like the Ford GT this year, the new car will make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January 2017, and is set to also compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, head of Porsche Motorsport, said that debuting the car at a 24 hour race would be challenging, but the team is “right on schedule”.

Credit: Porsche
Credit: Porsche
Credit: Porsche