Shakedown runs for new Porsche
Porsche’s new 911 GTE has completed its first shakedown runs ahead of its introduction to the World Endurance Championship next year.
The German manufacturer withdrew its factory squad from the series this season to concentrate on development of its new model, despite winning both drivers’ and makes’ titles last season.
The new car is based on the facelifted 991-shape 911 road car, which has hit the market this year, but no further technical details have been released at this stage.
Porsche is not revealing whether the new GTE contender will be normally aspirated like the existing 911 RSR introduced in 2013 or turbocharged.
The first GTE class 991 carried over the fourlitre normally-aspirated flat-six engines of its 997-shape predecessor rather than adopting one of a new generation of direct injection powerplants introduced in the road cars.
A Porsche spokesman said that no further technical details would be communicated until the official launch of the car towards the end of the year.
The 2017 911 RSR has been tested by a number of Porsche’s roster of GT drivers at the company’s Weissach test track.