The best way to celebrate the 911’s birthday? An endurance test on the racetrack.
“It’s a very special situation: returning to professional motorsport with a factory team in the anniversary year. And, as a driver, being part of this major project.”
Richard Lietz, Porsche works driver
The new 911 RSR was specially developed to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). 2013 sees us finally returning to GT factory racing after an eleven-year absence and just in time for the 911’s fiftieth birthday. The FIA WEC replaced the former Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in 2012. Now, for the first time since 1992, there is a long-distance race series with FIA World Championship status.
The Porsche AG Team Manthey factory team has entered the GTE Pro class with two 911 RSR. Drivers Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Pilet along with Richard Lietz and Marc Lieb are representing Porsche Motorsport across four continents. Over the first three races each vehicle will have three drivers, with Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas supporting the driver teams in their quest for victory.
The race calendar incorporates a mixture of venues steeped in motorsport history and new tracks. In this, the anniversary year of a legendary sports car, the new 911 RSR is appearing at Silverstone, Spa, Le Mans, São Paulo, Austin, Fuji, Shanghai and Bahrain. All races last for six hours with the exception of what is probably the most famous: during the classic race at Le Mans, the 911 RSR will be tested to its limits for a whole 24 hours. Thereby proving that it rightly bears those three digits – 911.