The 991 Porsche 911 is already on the streets, but we're going to have to wait until 2014 before we see the car in race form on the track. Porsche Motorsport recently announced that it is ending development of the current 997-based 911 GT3 RSR used in the American Le Mans Series in preparation of the new car. Porsche also revealed that its ALMS GT class partnership with Flying Lizard Motorsports is being discontinued as well. While there will be no more 997 cars built for 2013, Porsche will still be supplying teams with extra parts and tubs to compete.

Porsche's announcement, of course, coincides with the recent news that ALMS and Grand-Am are merging for the 2014 season. It isn't clear how the merger will play out between the ALMS and Rolex Series GT cars, but Andy Schupack of Porsche motorsports PR says the merger could get "complicated" since the RSR would be illegal under the current Grand-Am rules.

"It is possible that there will be two GT classes: one for the ALMS GT cars and second class that will probably combine the ALMS GT Challenge with the Rolex GT cars," said Schupack in a phone interview. "The big difference between the two classes now is that Grand-Am cars are tube-frame cars and ALMS GT uses a real chassis that has more in common with a road car."

Schupack also said that there is a possibility that the merger could bring the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge – a one-make series currently running the 911 GT3 – to Daytona International Speedway for the first time.
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Porsche Motorsport Development Activity to Transition to Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (type 991) Starting in 2013

Stuttgart, Germany/Santa Ana, Calif. – October 26
--With a new race car based on the new, seventh-generation Porsche 911 (type 991) street car on the horizon, Porsche Motorsport has announced it will wind down its development program for the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (type 997) – a very successful venture which began in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2005.
Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche Motorsport worldwide, in making the announcement, explained that the current 911 race car will reach the end of its product cycle, and, while support will continue for customer teams, further new component development will be discontinued in favor of resources devoted to the all-new car.

"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," said Kristen.

In North America, the development partner helping to design, engineer and implement improvements in the current 911 RSR race car has been Flying Lizard Motorsports in the GT class of the ALMS. This partnership now is discontinued.

Jens Walther, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, was quick to point out that customer teams still wishing to run the current 911 race car will be able to continue to do so in the American Le Mans Series with full at-the-track engineering and parts support. PMNA shop service from Porsche will also continue in 2013.

"We will be at the track with our usual support for 2013, and some of our current customer teams have already committed to run the 911 GT3 RSR (type 997) next year. Each of the current teams will be announcing their plans as we get closer to the ALMS Winter Test in February," he said.

Walther also pointed out that the Flying Lizards have been a terrific development partner since they took on the role with Porsche Motorsport in 2007.

"Team owner Seth Neiman and his entire Flying Lizard Motorsports organization have helped both Porsche Motorsport and all our customer teams around the world by being our development partner in the U.S. Together we have won multiple championships in the ALMS. The team has assisted in testing everything from new engines and transmissions to the latest aero package we introduced earlier this year – all to improve the car for everyone. In the midst of all that, they won three straight ALMS GT championships in the most competitive class in sports car racing. We thank Seth and his team for that service, and hope their racing plans going forward continue to include Porsche," Walther said.

"It's impressive how the 911 GT3 RSR has developed from year to year. The lap times alone are astounding, because despite the restrictions imposed on us again and again by the regulations, the car just got faster every year," says Porsche works driver Joerg Bergmeister, who has celebrated the majority of his successes at the wheel of the 911 GT3 RSR.


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      cpmarcelm
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwjXbE-FJng
      vedi123
      • 2 Years Ago
      interesting to see how reliable the 991 will be without the old glorious GT1 engine Block
      • 2 Years Ago
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      StephenT
      • 2 Years Ago
      A couple of weeks ago I heard an interview with current ALMS President Scott Atherton saying that the ALMS GT division will be the template for the combined series in 2014. I'm hoping that will still be the case in the future.
      BAirey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why can't all GT racing go to GT3 spec worldwide? It's closest to production and there are the most manufacturers building cars for the spec. I've heard rumors that Porsche is working on a 4.0 Flat 8 for the next RSR. I doubt it will be in this 991 spec since we know the GT3 will still be a flat 6. I just hope the engine is as updated as the chassis. It should def. have direct injection at least. We shall see though. Less than a year out.
        Mbukukanyau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BAirey
        I do not care for Euro style road racing. American style is better
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those fenders are straight out of 1979. And that is a very very good thing.
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like the new 2014 corvette and new Porsche will hit the combined Rolex and ALMS at the same time.. Sweet!!!