Posted Feb 25th 2013 6:30PM
The world's most successful race car is at it again - this time in seventh-generation guise. The all-new Porsche 911 street car was designed to be the fastest 911 yet - and many of its design features will also benefit the 911 race cars based upon its basic structure.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Patrick Long, Porsche's only North American factory driver, at a recent Michelin tire event in New Orleans. Patrick has been involved in testing the all-new race car based on the "991" internal code designation. Long commented on the new car's increased front end grip - a benefit consistent with the new car's wider front track. We questioned him on the new car's aero - we were under the impression that because it is wider than the previous car it may have increased overall drag - but Long was quick to dispel any aero concerns, pointing out that the car is also lower in height.
For details on the 911's latest testing stint and info on its race debut, hit the jump.
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Porsche completed a test last week at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida. The GTE race car from Weissach was on hand for development - it's the successor to the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. This new 991 based 911 race car will be run exclusively by the Porsche AG Team Manthey works squad at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
"We are very pleased with how the testing has gone so far," said Porsche's Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen. "Our goal is to be well prepared for the challenges of the very strong GTE class in the WEC and at Le Mans. The circuit in Sebring is very well suited to put a new vehicle through some demanding trials. For this reason, a test in Sebring is a very good rehearsal for one of the toughest races of all, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Until the season kicks off in Silverstone, we will conduct some final tests on other race tracks so that our new 911 RSR is well and truly ready for the World Endurance Championship season."
Porschephiles will want to have the TV on and champagne in hand for the new 991-based 911's race debut on April 14, 2013 at the WEC season-opener at Silverstone raceway in the UK.
For your viewing pleasure, here's a gallery of the 997-based Porsche 911 RSR race car - a car that will still see plenty of racing action in 2013 before the new 991-based race car proliferates across most racing series.