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Porsche 911 GT3 R to make race debut

This month will see the new Porsche 911 GT3 R make its first endurance race appearance.

The car is the seventh generation of the legendary 911 and will be put through its paces during the ninth round of the VLN long distance championship on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife on October 17th.

It is expected testers will be focusing on the car’s suspension and brake performance and it has been confirmed the 911 will be using an engine from previous models. This is because the latest direct fuel injection engine is still undergoing 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,” explained the Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser.

He added: “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.”

No details of the drivers for the race have yet been confirmed, but it is expected the Porsche 911 GT3 R is still on course to make its full track debut at the Rolex 24 in Daytona at the start of next year.

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