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The 2007 ALMS season is rapidly approaching (the kickoff at Sebring
takes place March 17), and new cars
are starting to arrive at their homes. In the case of the first customer-ordered '07 Porsche RS Spyder
, home is Poughkeepsie, NY, where Dyson Racing
The car depicted above and in the attached gallery will be joined by its stablemate sometime in February, and the pair will take on the competition in the reinvigorated LMP2 class. P2 will also see three teams running Acura's
new prototype racer, as well as Roger Penske's factory-backed Spyders in their DHL livery (one of which is visible in the transporter shown above as well -- check the gallery to see it).
For more info on the delivery of Dyson's new ride, check out Porsche's
press release after the jump.
PRESS RELEASE:First Porsche RS Spyder delivered to customer team
Stuttgart – January 18 - The first Porsche RS Spyder built for a customer team has been delivered to Dyson in Poughkeepsie, New York .
The vehicle went to the US-based Dyson Racing team, which, with Porsche support, will field two of the Weissach-developed and built high-tech sports prototypes against strong competition in the 2007 American Le Mans
Series. Last season Porsche swept the class with the RS Spyder, claiming all championship titles in the LMP2 category.
Undergoing further improvements over the winter, the RS Spyder, now boasting 500 horsepower, was prepared for the challenges of the new season with tests in Le Castellet and Sebring.
At the same time, Porsche turned its commitment to customer racing into deeds at the top end of sports car
racing by completing the first RS Spyder for Dyson Racing in the Manufactur facility of the new Porsche Motorsport Centre in Weissach and loading the vehicle for transport across the Atlantic. The second completely hand-built sports prototype will be delivered to the team's headquarters in New York State in early February.
With twelve rounds on the 2007 calendar, the American Le Mans Series takes off on March 17 with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Contesting the series again with two RS Spyders is the Porsche-supported Penske Motorsports team, who last season secured team championship honors.
Before this, the traditional winter test takes place on the Florida airfield circuit from January 22 to January 24. Dyson Racing as well as Penske Motorsports will take part in this public test, supported by Porsche engineers from Weissach, with its brand new 2007 Porsche RS Spyders.