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Porsche Reveals New GTE Race Car

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 The next Porsche GTE car has completed its rollout at Weissach and will now begin testing on race circuits around the world. With first impressions, the Porsche 911 RSR successor already looks familiar, while taking several steps forward in the aero department.

The new model will see a welcome entrance into global motorsport competition as nearly all GTE/GTLM competitors unveiled major changes to their machinery for the 2015 season. Major aero work on many a competing marque, including large rear diffusers, have lead many to question how Porsche was going to circumvent the Porsche 911’s most unique feature: the rear-mounted engine.

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The decision to drop a factory effort for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship left many wondering what was coming next? A late 2015 announcement from the German manufacturer revealed that a new GTE competitor was in development. Rumors were even circulating that Porsche could have requested a waiver for engine placement in the next 911 race car. One is still led to wonder what sort of German engineering lies at the rear of the car as none of the press shots show the tail of the test vehicle.

The first test for the new machinery was conducted at Weissach with the majority of the Porsche factory drivers in attendance. Though slightly unusual, having most of the factory drivers present gave Porsche a very important first impression of performance.

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The first outing for the new car is expected to be at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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As a mechanical engineer, Dusty’s passion is for sports cars and endurance racing. In his opinion, there’s nothing better than a race car closely based on a model that you can go out and buy from the manufacturer showroom. He’s very particular about his writing utensils and appreciates a great, cruelty free pomade.

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