Porsche Closing In on Customer GTE Program

Photo: Porsche

Porsche is expected to make its mid-engined 911 RSR available to customers beginning next year, with the German manufacturer close to confirming details on a customer GTE program that would see cars be made available for both the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser has revealed that a final decision and announcement is likely to be made before the end of the month.

“We are close to the final decisions,” Walliser told Sportscar365. “Let me say, I’m positive. Everything is going in the right direction.

“After Le Mans, we’ve never had so many people asking for our RSR. I’ve never had so many calls and questions from people who want to buy such a car.

“It totally surprised us, and we definitely can’t build so many.”

The radical new-for-2017 car made its debut in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, and while still yet to win its first race, is coming off back-to-back class poles at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and last weekend’s WEC round at the Nürburgring.

While interest has primarily been from European-based teams, to run the car in the Pro-Am enforced WEC and/or European Le Mans Series classes, Walliser said they’ve also been in discussions with U.S.-based teams for potential GT Le Mans class efforts.

He said they would be looking to limit the number of total customer sales in order to focus on providing a high level of support.

“We’ll do what we can but I’m not keen on high numbers,” he said. “I’m keen on good quality and good service for the customers. I want to see the cars at Le Mans.”

Proton Competition appears to be one of the leading candidates to take delivery of multiple 911 RSRs, although the German squad has also been rumored for a possible switch to Ford GTs, which are also expected to be made available to customers beginning next year.

25 Comments

  1. JT

    July 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Flying Lizard-Toyo RSR please!

    • jason

      July 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • Denz

      July 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      How sweet would that be!?

  2. WBrowning

    July 17, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Perfect timing.

  3. Mike S.

    July 17, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I wish FLM.

  4. Jim A

    July 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Flying Lizard should be the team to run this,they are one of the most successful Porsche teams in the US and got it done in IMSA for so many years. Plus they are cool!

  5. Luna

    July 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    The illegal car accepted by ACO / FIA / IMSA…..

    • GR88

      July 17, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Front engined cars engine location is pushed way back. Porsche have done the similar only with a rear engined car. Hence no need for a new road car.

      • juneracer

        July 18, 2017 at 7:17 am

        think they had to get an exception to put the gear box behind the engine as that’s not where it is in the road car.

      • Luna

        July 18, 2017 at 9:06 am

        The engine in the front engine cars is still in its compartment. In the Porsche is now in the cockpit space. Let be clear, the cars has been accepted by ACO/FIA/IMSA because Porsche threatened to leave.

    • Larry

      July 20, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Waaahhhh wahhhh Luna.

      Give it a rest.

      Gotta be a GM fan with all that whining.

  6. Wayne

    July 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    If the Lizards came back to top level racing then all is right with world. Miss them in GTLM and Lemans.

  7. bb

    July 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    yes come to imsa and wait for the BoP to give you a win!

    • Andy Flinn

      July 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Bb, what’s ironic about your statement is that the new Porsche has yet to win in IMSA GTLM.

      So much for evil IMSA BoP conspiracy theory, right?

  8. Steven

    July 17, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I feel every factory team in GTE should have to have their car available to purchase for anyone wanting to buy and race in GTE-Pro/GTLM.

    • Andy Flinn

      July 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Steven, you’re confusing IMSA GTLM with IMSA GTD, the intended IMSA GT customer car class.

      Some manufacturers (Detroit) intentionally race in GTLM so they don’t have to build or sell GT (GTD) customer cars.

      Hey, if it works for them can you blame ’em?

  9. Thomas

    July 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Would love to have Petersen White Lightning back too.

  10. the boot

    July 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    2017 FLM is run much different then the ALMS version. Once Seth Neiman stopped funding the program and sold the team they became a customer funded operation under new owners. Unless a wealthy driver pays them to compete I wouldn’t expect to see them. Having to compete in a factory sandbox makes an IMSA program even less likely.

    • Andy Flinn

      July 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      The boot, GTLM is a factory sandbox because that’s what “the fans” wanted.

  11. juneracer

    July 18, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Toyo tires could make that happen…

    • Andy Flinn

      July 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      We’ll see factory GTE and prototype programs from Porsche and Mazda before we’ll ever see them from Detroit.

  12. Andy Flinn

    July 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    That should read “customer” programs, of course.

    • Larry

      July 20, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Andy, Ford says they are gonna do customer cars so it’s not all of Detroit.

      • Andy Flinn

        July 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        Larry, like most things in life, I’ll believe it when I see it.

        It would be nice to see customer Ford GTs.

        I recently read an article in Motorsport about the Swiss Matech Ford GTs that raced at Le Mans and almost won the GT1 class. The program leader sunk a ton of money into the program yet received no help from Ford.

  13. Juninho

    August 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

    ELMS in 2018

    LMP2
    LMP3
    GTE-Pro
    GTE-Am

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *