The new Porsche 911 GT3-R is set for its competition debut later this month, with the next-generation GT3 model confirmed to take part in an upcoming VLN round on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
Manthey Racing will field a modified version of the 911 GT3-R for the ninth round of the championship on Oct. 17. Drivers have yet to be announced.
The car will feature new suspension and brakes, although it will not be equipped with the previously announced direct injected powerplant, as it is still undergoing dyno and track testing.
“It has always proved beneficial to take a new car racing at an early development stage. The demands of the Nürburgring Nordschleife offer the best conditions for this,” said Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.
“While our new engine is undergoing tests in the USA under warm conditions, we are also conducting trials on the suspension and body components at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife with its uniquely undulating topography.”
The new 911 GT3-R is still expected to make its complete, competition debut in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Walliser ruling out a run in the 24 Hours of Dubai two weeks earlier.