Porsche to field a new GTE racer in 2017


Porsche had an amazing 2015 season with the all conquering Porsche 911 RSR. The car dominated both FIA World Endurance Championship GTE-Pro and the IMSA United SportsCar Championship GTLM. The Stuttgart brand everything won the drivers', teams' and manufacturers' titles in the two series with Porsche Team Manthey (FIA WEC) and Porsche North America (IMSA).

Nothing official but it's largely expected that Porsche won't return to the FIA WEC GTE-Pro with a full factory team. The North American effort will continue again in association with CORE autosport.

However Porsche confirmed that they are already working on a new spec Porsche 911 RSR for 2017. Speaking to Sportscar365's John Dagys, Porsche Motorsport director Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser confirmed the news.

He refused to give additional details about the new car, including the engine. Many speculations are mentioning that the new GTE racer will be a mid-engine one which will require an approval from the FIA given the difference with between the road and the race cars.

The original plan was to field the new car in 2016 but they decided to stay with the current car for next year's competition.