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Off Season Testing for GTE GT3 & LMP2

October 28, 2016
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By now, next year’s Porsche 911 RSR competitor has come out to join fellow competitors in off season testing. Proving to be great eye-candy for the most dedicated fans of sports car racing, a couple of YouTube channels have captured videos of the new machines in motion.

As previously reported, the 911 RSR was caught in the wild at Sebring International Raceway. The new design is rumored to feature a change in traditional rear-engine layout of the 911 in addition to a variety of other improvements.

Also caught testing at the same time was Toyota Gazoo Racing with something that looks to be a non-GT3 spec Lexus RCF. Viewers have pointed out that the car is left had drive, which would indicate that this race car is not destined to remain racing in Japan. The channel host reported that Bridgestone tires were being used, which are not associated with any major GT racing series in the U.S. Also pointed out was the trailer bringing the car, which had SageAuto.com, a California-based dealer, on the side.

The Acura NSX GT3 program was announced earlier this year and has already been seen on track during Pirelli World Challenge practice sessions with Real Time Racing. Michael Shank Racing will be fielding the car next year and has been testing the car in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship off season.

The Ligier JS P217 and Oreca 07 have already been revealed, to be race in LMP2 racing in the FIA WEC, ELMS, and IMSA next year. The two chassis manufacturers make up half of the approved suppliers as we await to hear more news from Multimatic/Riley and Dallara. DPi testing has also reportedly been going on stateside, but the IMSA Prototype manufacturers seems to be holding their cars close to their hands. Here’s some footage of the JS P217 caught testing at Estoril.

These are just a few reasons for fans to be excited heading into a new year of racing and a new era of North American and global motorsport. Testing will continue throughout the off season with official IMSA tests scheduled in November and December, which may see more sightings of new cars ahead of the 2017 season opener, Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of January.

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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