Good news, Porsche enthusiasts! Porsche has announced that its factory team will return to Le Mans 24 Hours in 2013. This is the first time Porsche will make the run since 1998.
For the exciting and hotly anticipated season, Porsche will race two new GT3 cars based on the 991 generation of the Porsche 911 . Known as the 911 GT3 RSR , it will be a track-only version of the 911 GT3 supercar that will compete in the GTE category, which is a category of race cars based on production supercars.
The factory team will be headed up by Porsche’s favorite Team Manthey, which is known for winning the Nürburgring 24 Hours endurance race five times. It looks like the team is in good hands, we guess.
Though the 911 GT3 and the GT3 RSR are in the final stages of testing, and their early-2013 launch is definitely fitting, as Porsche celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 911, one of the greatest creations in automobile history.
Two new 911 RSR race cars will contest the GTE category in the 2013 World Endurance Championship (WEC)
Porsche factory team returns to Le Mans 24 Hours for first time since 1998
Team will be run by Porsche AG Team Manthey, previous winner of Nürburgring 24 Hours
For the 2013 racing season, Porsche will field two new GT race cars based on the new ‘Type 991’ generation of the Porsche 911 in the Le Mans 24 hours race and in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). For the first time since taking overall victory in 1998, a factory team from Porsche will tackle the world famous long distance motor race in France.
The two new Porsche 911 RSR race cars, which will contest the GTE category, will be run by Porsche AG Team Manthey. Team manager will be the experienced specialist in endurance motor sport, Olaf Manthey, who has celebrated five overall wins with Porsche at the Nürburgring 24 hours race and recently ran a 911 GT3 RSR in the International GT Open.
“The new 911 RSR is currently being developed by our engineers and tested by our works drivers,” said Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport. “What better time could there be to introduce the new car than in the 50th anniversary year of the Porsche 911.”