Porsche to sell customer 911 RSR GTE cars for 2014 WEC

Porsche will sell its latest 911 RSR GTE contender to customers for next season

Porsche to sell customer 911 RSR GTE cars for 2014 WEC

The German manufacturer had previously stated that it had yet to make a decision on the supply of the 991-shape contender to privateer teams or to deny speculation that it would only release the car after the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

Now, it has revealed that it will produce customer cars in the evolution or 2014-specification that raced for the first time in last weekend's World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain.

The decision was announced as the same time as it confirmed its return to the GTE Pro class of the WEC with the factory Manthey team.

Porsche Motorsport boss Hartmut Kristen said: "The decision has been prepared over a long period; we had to make sure we had the correct resources and that took a while.

"We had to make sure that we could provide the private teams with the support they need - you cannot just provide a car."

Kristen revealed that Porsche was in discussion with potential customer teams looking to race in the WEC, but stressed that the car would initially only be available in limited numbers.

"For Silverstone [the opening round of the 2014 WEC next April], more than three would not be possible.

"We are having discussions with a number of teams, but we know that not every discussion will have a positive result."

Stalwart Porsche entrant Proton Competition has revealed that it will enter at least one 911 RSR in next year's WEC and has ambitions to run a second car. Should a second full-season entry not come off, it plans to enter an additional car for the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

The French Imsa Performance has no plans to upgrade from its existing 997-model 911 GT3-RSR on grounds of cost.

Porsche has yet to release a price for the latest RSR, but sources suggest it is in the region of €800,000 (£660,000).

Kristen revealed that he did not expect any true customer cars to race in the United SportsCar Championship in the US.

Team Falken Tire has already announced that it will have a RSR for next season's USC, starting at round two at Sebring.

Kristen explained that Porsche supported the Walker Racing-run team "in a different way" to regular customers because of Falken's development needs as a tyre manufacturer.

shares
comments
Mike Conway named Toyota's 2014 WEC test and reserve driver

Previous article

Mike Conway named Toyota's 2014 WEC test and reserve driver

Next article

Ferrari open to LMP1 programme with Formula 1 turbo engine

Ferrari open to LMP1 programme with Formula 1 turbo engine
Load comments

About this article

Series WEC
Teams Porsche Team
Author Gary Watkins
How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Plus

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

WEC
Mar 16, 2021
Top 10 moments of an underrated British great Plus

Top 10 moments of an underrated British great

Brian Redman was one of the best sportscar drivers of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a three-time champion on the fearsome American Formula 5000 scene. To celebrate his 84th birthday Autosport contacted him about his best races – and he decided to write the piece himself…

WEC
Mar 9, 2021
How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams Plus

How an endurance racing boom could help one of LMP2's top teams

The G-Drive squad has been a mainstay of endurance racing in recent years, and has linked up with Russian manufacturer Aurus in recent years to promote its brand. With a change of rules in endurance racing's top tables, the team could be well-placed to take advantage of a potential boom...

WEC
Mar 7, 2021
How Ferrari’s Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc’s legacy Plus

How Ferrari’s Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc’s legacy

OPINION: Ferrari's planned return to the top category at the Le Mans 24 Hours has further heightened anticipation for the 2023 race. Few concrete details are currently known, but already it has a high-profile superstar angling for involvement, which would make a refreshing change

WEC
Mar 5, 2021
Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar exile Plus

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

WEC
Feb 25, 2021
The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger Plus

The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger

Toyota's new GR010 contender for the World Endurance Championship's Hypercar era has little in common with the LMP1 TS050 that preceded it. But within the confines of the scaled back new rules, its latest challenger will be no less formidable a prospect

WEC
Jan 22, 2021
The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era Plus

The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era

Porsche is returning to the top class of Le Mans with an LMDh prototype that it hopes will write its next successful chapter in sportscar racing. But it will have to go some to emulate its 956/962, a car which defines the Group C age more than any other

WEC
Dec 16, 2020
How Kristensen forged the Mr Le Mans legend Plus

How Kristensen forged the Mr Le Mans legend

He is synonymous with success at the Circuit de la Sarthe, but Tom Kristensen's sportscar legacy amounts to much more than his record-breaking nine Le Mans wins, as the most successful driver ever at Sebring and a world champion to boot

WEC
Dec 5, 2020