Porsche Motorsport headquarters in Weissach near Stuttgart Germany, preparations for new LMP1 sports prototype in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours and the sports car World Endurance Championship are progressing at high revs.
To support this programme, the infrastructure at the Research & Development Centre has been considerably expanded with a new workshop building and an office complex completed. “The first roll-out of our new LMP1 car is planned for mid-2013,” announced Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche AG Board of Management Member for Research and Development, on Saturday on the occasion of the end of season Porsche Motorsport ‘Night of Champions’ celebration. “The car will be run by our own factory ‘works’ team based here at Weissach.”
Following a re-structuring, the LMP1 project is realised by a new department headed by Fritz Enzinger. With his well-established organisational structure, Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport, continues to be responsible for all other motorsport programmes worldwide.
The customer racing model 911 GT3 R celebrated 41 wins from 131 starts in a range of GT3 racing series worldwide. For the 2013 season, Porsche offers teams an upgrade package which will position the GT3 R even better in the performance window as defined by the FIA.
New edition of 911 GT3 Cup:
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most successful race car in the world. Since 1998, 2,395 units of the near standard vehicle for customer racing have been produced. Unveiled for the first time on Saturday night at the Porsche Motorsport ‘Night of Champions’ celebration at Weissach, the new ‘Type 991’ edition of the 911 GT3 Cup is the motorsport version of the forthcoming 911 GT3 road car. It is also the first race car based on the seventh generation of the sports car icon from Stuttgart; the 911 GT3 Cup will run exclusively in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2013.
The new car is powered by a 3.8-litre six-cylinder flat-six engine. It develops 460 hp (338 kW) at 7,500 revs, surpassing the predecessor by 10 hp. A six-speed ‘dog-type’ gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport transmits the power to the rear axle and, for the first time in a Porsche Cup race car, is operated via shift paddles on the steering wheel.