2017 marks the return of the Porsche works team to LMGTE Pro after a one-year sabbatical. Since the unveiling of Porsche’s 2017 GTE challenger at the 6 Hours of Bahrain last year, the team have moved on to finalising the details of their programme.
The reason for Porsche’s one-year absence from GTE Pro as a works team – leaving Dempsey-Proton Racing to pick up the mantle in 2016 – was to give the Weissach-based squad a chance to focus on developing the new-for-2017 car, the revolutionary mid-engined Porsche 911 RSR (2017).
As usual, the newly monikered Porsche GT Team will enter two cars in the LMGTE Pro class. The 2017 packs 510 hp thanks to its 4-litre, six-cylinder Boxer engine, with the usual white, red and black livery adorning the #91 and #92 cars. The only difference between the two are the red wing mirrors on the #91 and the white mirrors on the #92.
Driving duties in the #91 machine will be handled by GT drivers’ champion of 2015, Richard Lietz, and Frédéric Makowiecki, while the #92 car will be driven by Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre. Porsche’s target for 2017 is crystal clear: become the first manufacturer to take the honours in the newly introduced FIA World GT Manufacturers’ Championship.
Source: Porsche Pressrelease
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