The old Porsche 997 GT3 RSR race car is getting closer to the end of its career, and will soon be replaced with a new model based on the 991 series. The new 991 RSR is currently under development and will be released just in time for the 2014 motorsport season.
The new RSR can be an entirely different car the current RSR. It gets the 991’s wider tracks which affect its handling characteristics, and also its revised suspension and electronic systems. It’s not clear yet if the RSR will inherit the 991’s electric steering too, or will it stick to the old system. Details of the powertrain and transmission are also yet to be revealed.
With the 997 RSR gone, Porsche also ends its relationship with their American racing partner Flying Lizard Motorsports. Together they achieved numerous victories in ALMS. The RSR in fact has been winning races since 2005. With the new car Porsche will be looking for new partners to continue that success story.
“Just like our recent Porsche RS Spyder program, we must appreciate the success of our race cars during their product cycle, but move on to new models when it is time to do so. The venerable Porsche 911 GT3 RSR has provided our Porsche customer teams with numerous wins and championships, and will remain competitive in 2013. Porsche will support the customer teams which continue to race that car, but the time has come and we now must focus our research and engineering development efforts on its successor,” said Mr. Kristen.
“The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is slated to make its North American debut in 2014,”