The new Porsche 911 GT3 R, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, will contest round 9 of the VLN long distance championship on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife on 17 October. This event serves as the first endurance run for the new car’s suspension and brakes. The engine is still the well-proven power plant of predecessor models. The new direct fuel injection engine generation is not yet available as it is currently undergoing test bench runs in Weissach and further testing in the USA.
The first outing of the new Porsche Motorsport customer racer under competition conditions also serves as a trial for the suspension and body components. In addition, the race and development squad Manthey Racing should have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the handling of the vehicle at an early stage.
"It has always proved beneficial to take a new car racing at an early development stage. The demands of the NÃ¼rburgring Nordschleife offer the best conditions for this," says Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.
"While our new engine is undergoing tests in the USA under warm conditions, we are also conducting trials on the suspension and body components at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife with its uniquely undulating topography."