Shake­down runs for new Porsche

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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.

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