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Project 1 Confirms Porsche 911 RSR

Longtime single-make series entrant steps up to GTE with confirmation of mid-engined 911 RSR for 2018…

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Longtime Porsche single-make series entrant Project 1 has confirmed the acquisition of a new Porsche 911 RSR for a likely GTE-Am campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship next season.

The German squad, regulars in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, is understood to be receiving a recently seventh allocated mid-engined Porsche, after the manufacturer had initially announced a run order of six customer cars for 2018.

It joins the four already-confirmed four orders from Proton Competition, a single car from Gulf Racing and a to-be-announced customer in Asia.

“It’s certainly a milestone in our company history,” said Project 1 team owner Hans-Bernd Kamps. “It’s fitting for our 25th anniversary in 2018. We will be getting one of the most sought-after cars in motorsport and [race] this masterpiece.

“Above all, it’s a vote of confidence between Porsche and us.”

Project 1’s program, or drivers, have yet to be announced, with a GTE-Am campaign in the WEC understood to be the leading option.

However, as has been the case in the WEC, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, entries are subject to the ACO Selection Committee.

“Of course we know that it will take hard work and an extensive learning process to work with the car,” said project leader Axel Funke. “Nevertheless, we are up to the challenge and see the great opportunities that are associated with the project.”

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. GTE Welcoming Committee

    November 23, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Nice to see them move up after being long time entrants in Supercup and German Carrera Cup and very successful especially in the years Sean Edwards was with them under the guise of Project 1 and tolimit.

  2. Brian

    November 23, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    “a vote of confidence” = A team showering Porsche with money for a car…..

    • seriously?

      November 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Oh boo hoo.

      Whiner.

    • David Chaste

      November 24, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Porsche planned 6 customer cars. They made an extra one to accomodate them. That’s the vote of confidence.

  3. George

    November 23, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Everyone knows mid engine is best. That’s why I choose Cayman!

  4. KW

    November 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    It seems that such a big number of teams wants to enter GTE-Am next year that the ACO will have to reject some entry requests – with 9 LMP1, 7 LMP2 and 10 GTE-Pro entries expected in 2018, there will be only 9 GTE-Am entries possible to reach the maximum of 35 participants overall. If I am counting the announcements correctly, with 5 Porsche (2 Proton, 2 Gulf UK, 1 Project 1), 3 Aston Martin (Dalla Lana, TF Sport, Beechdean), 3 Ferrari (Clearwater, Spirit of Race, JMW) and a Corvette (Larbre) there will be 12 requests for the 9 places. It seems likely that the requests of the second Gulf UK Porsche, the TF Sport Aston and the JMW Ferrari will be rejected.

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