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Porsche to Build Second Batch of GTE Customer Cars

Porsche confirms up to five additional mid-engined 911 RSRs to customers for 2019…

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Porsche will build a second batch of customer 911 RSRs for a further expansion of its customer base, according to Head of Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.

The German manufacturer, which made available eight of the mid-engined GTE machines this year, has confirmed plans to produce up to five additional cars for 2019, including at least one earmarked for Asia.

“We will make another batch of cars,” Walliser told Sportscar365. “We’re considering another five. This is on the way and it looks good.”

Four of the current customer cars are being campaigned by Proton Competition, either in the FIA World Endurance Championship or European Le Mans Series, with two having gone to Gulf Racing and one apiece to Team Project 1 and Ebimotors.

Walliser said high demand for the car, which is also now eligible in the Asian Le Mans Series, has prompted the additional allocations.

While not confirming details, he indicated the new customers are all European or Asian-based.

“The majority of the deals are done; we can’t publish it yet,” Walliser said. “[The announcement] will come in the summer.”

Walliser admitted the GTE contender would unlikely ever race in customer’s hands in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, at least on a full-season basis, due to the level of factory competition in the GT Le Mans class.

Porsche Prepared for Le Mans GTE-Am Effort 

A total of six customer Porsches, meanwhile, are set for next weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, which when combined with the four factory GTE-Pro entries, represents its largest GT effort in the race since 2004.

Walliser said a comprehensive support program has been put in place, featuring a dedicated staff of Porsche engineers allocated to each car and a central base that sees the coordination of the manufacturer’s engineering and spare parts support.

“You can find the [ex] LMP1 guys supporting the customers there,” he said. “From that side, for all the customer teams, it’s proper support so they can make the best out of the car.

“We’ve seen in the results. The first race, with everything new, there were some minor problems. But in general, the performance and everything had been there. Our customers are happy.

“It’s a complex car, but for this, it works pretty well.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Tonie

    June 5, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Hi John,

    I find this EBImotors entry a bit strange, because based on reports elsewhere, the EBImotors car is actually one of the four Proton cars, i.e for Le Mans, the EBI and BlackSwan cars are actually Proton’s ELMS entries and for ELMS rounds, the EBI car is one of the WEC cars. This would obviously only make sense when the WEC is still in Europe.

    If so, there would only be 7 cars with customers at this stage and Proton is looking to add a fifth car to their fleet for the EBI entry whilst the WEC is overseas. Do you have any info on this?

    • John Dagys

      June 5, 2018 at 7:43 am

      I was told Ebimotors has, or soon will have their own chassis this year. I know they started the ELMS season with one of the Proton cars.

  2. jason

    June 5, 2018 at 9:02 am

    “Walliser admitted the GTE contender would unlikely ever race in customer’s hands in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, at least on a full-season basis, due to the level of factory competition in the GT Le Mans class.”

    -This is the one down side to the article. No Falken Tire return possible I guess. Or even the rumor about a Toyo tire effort I guess never got off the ground either. Porsche has enough factory drivers to run a semi works effort on different tires. But the tire company probably needs to dish out the funds which aint happening I suppose.

    • Mike S.

      June 5, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      AIM/Yokohama, Falken, Paul Miller, Flying Lizards, Alex Job all were in ALMS GTE equivalent at the time. The line at the door to enter is way too costly for the return on investment. Risi is on the fence now as well. Sad but true.

      • Matt

        June 6, 2018 at 3:36 pm

        I’ll play devil’s advocate. The rich guys that race have become increasingly rich under the good economy right now. As we know, the wage gap from rich to middle class is skyrocketing. These guys should have plenty of money from an AM driver.

  3. Change it up

    June 5, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Once Ford is gone we’ll need something to fill the void!

    • NaBUru38

      June 5, 2018 at 11:56 am

      McLaren and Lamborghini should be allowed to enter modified GT3 machines.

      • daedalus

        June 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm

        McLaren has a GTE car in the works AFAIK, the people that need a waver to run in GTLM with a few mods would be Acura. They can’t fund their GTD programs because of the rules about factory funding in GTD so they could run in GTLM instead. Sure they can’t run it in the WEC but Acura is a US only brand anyway.

        • jason

          June 5, 2018 at 1:52 pm

          That is what IMSA did for the BMW M6. I think that for one manufacturer its ok to do this waiver thing. But not more than that. Plus hopefully it will a manufacturer that does want to enter in full GTE spec. BMW was indeed the case.

          • Matt

            June 6, 2018 at 3:37 pm

            The cars are all BoP’d anyway. I could not care less able the cars not being exactly to the priss ACO regs.

      • whatajoke

        June 5, 2018 at 7:11 pm

        Maybe McLaren and Lambo need to step up to the GTE plate. They are, after all, “supercars” and their street models are more expensive that anything else in GTE/GTLM, except maybe the Ford.

        No one is stopping them from entering the GTE/GTLM fray. As already noted, GTE Pro and GTLM are both very much the manufacturers class so Lambo and McLaren should not be given a cheap way to do it.

        So, NO, they should not be “allowed” to enter modified GT3 machines. What a ridiculous comment. You would have them entering GTE PRO and GTLM in machinery less costly than GTE AM and not much more than GTD/GT3.

        Preposterous.

        • Matt

          June 6, 2018 at 3:42 pm

          LOL so they teams should have to spend a ton of money just for the sake of spend a ton of money because the regs are written poorly and don’t have a cost cap? What a joke. Who cares if they’re not exactly to the ACO regs in a BoP’d class? This is IMSA, and IMSA should do everything it can to make itself better than the European series under the jurisdiction of the FIA. I’ll take more cars any day.

    • Steven

      June 5, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      In my own opinion. It’s time to kill off GTE and have GT3 be the main GT category and separate it the same (Pro and Pro/Am.) Almost every GTE manufacturer already has their hands in GT3 and that would also bring brands like Audi, Lamborghini, Mercedes, McLaren, Bentley, Nissan, Lexus, etc back to Le Mans.

      • Haskellb

        June 5, 2018 at 9:18 pm

        Won’t happen. ACO owns GTE and the FIA owns GT3.

        • Matt

          June 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm

          SRO owns GT3, FIA just certifies it with their usual pompous crap and “maintains” it.

      • Matt

        June 6, 2018 at 3:48 pm

        Nah. The GTE ruleset is more appealing. I also don’t want to see the same cars in every racing series because it’d get boring pretty quick. I appreciate the differences between GTE and GT3. If you combined the classes, manufacturers would pour all their resources into that one class and costs would skyrocket. It’s actually beneficial to have separation.

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