The return of the works Porsche GT team

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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