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"Porsche 911 GT America–First New Car Built for 2014 United Sports Car Racing Series


2014 Porsche 911 GT America
Porsche 911 GT America–First New Car Built for 2014 United Sports Car Racing Series

Santa Ana, Calif. – August 9 – Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc. has announced that production in Stuttgart, Germany has commenced on the 2014 Porsche 911 GT America, a race car based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The car is designed exclusively for the new United Sports Car Racing series GT Daytona class for 2014.

The new car will be delivered starting in October, 2013 and be offered for sale to those teams committed to running the entire 2014 USCR season.

Jens Walther, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, is pleased that the factory has been able to move so quickly to create this endurance racecar – and build it to the upcoming 2014 USCR GT Daytona rules – so teams will have adequate time to attend iall the winter test sessions in advance of the season debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“We are hopeful that our current American Le Mans Series GTC customers, along with our Rolex Grand-Am competitors and new teams, will want to take advantage of this early availability,” said Walther.

The 911 GT America features a Porsche flat-six 4.0 liter racing engine which will produce 470 hp and utilizes a six-speed sequential gearbox with pneumatic paddle shift system and electronic throttle. The car is based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer that currently exclusively runs in the Porsche Supercup series, and features lightweight bodywork with aluminum-steel composite construction, a fuel safety cell with new quick-fill connection, new color Cosworth dash display, and new safety equipment including a rescue opening in the roof allow use of the KED system for driver stabilization.

A newly developed race braking system further improves the excellent endurance qualities compared to its successful predecessor. The 380 millimeter slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle are decelerated by six-piston aluminium fixed callipers. The rear axle features a four-piston version.

Retailing at $269,000 (FOB Weissach, plus shipping and parts package), the new Porsche 911 GT America is sold in North America exclusively by Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc., based in Santa Ana, California, and at the following link:

PMNA Business Information - Motorsports - Events and Racing - Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Porsche 911 GT America Specification Highlights

Powertrain: 4.0-liter aluminum six-cylinder rear-mounted boxer engine, 470 hp; Porsche six-speed sequential dog-type gearbox/pneumatic paddle shift system

Aerodynamics: new front spoiler/defuser; new design rear cover and carbon-fiber under tray to maximize aerodynamic balance with USCR-spec rear wing

Endurance package: includes quick-release couplings for all brake calipers; fast-fill refueling system for oil; oil level display."
 
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Yep, GX dies, Mazda with a sedan moves up to GT. Unbelievable!

This is the new 991 based GT car.......it will not be the same as the GT3 RSR that Manthey is fielding over at WEC.
 

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Here's a concept rendering of the 2014 Porsche North America 911 RSR, from Porsche press site.
 

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Woohoo! If all goes well I will be at the inaugural 24 Hrs of Daytona for the first USCR race.
 
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"Porsche 911 GT America–First New Car Built for 2014 United Sports Car Racing Series


2014 Porsche 911 GT America
Porsche 911 GT America–First New Car Built for 2014 United Sports Car Racing Series

Santa Ana, Calif. – August 9 – Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc. has announced that production in Stuttgart, Germany has commenced on the 2014 Porsche 911 GT America, a race car based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The car is designed exclusively for the new United Sports Car Racing series GT Daytona class for 2014.

The new car will be delivered starting in October, 2013 and be offered for sale to those teams committed to running the entire 2014 USCR season.

Jens Walther, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, is pleased that the factory has been able to move so quickly to create this endurance racecar – and build it to the upcoming 2014 USCR GT Daytona rules – so teams will have adequate time to attend iall the winter test sessions in advance of the season debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“We are hopeful that our current American Le Mans Series GTC customers, along with our Rolex Grand-Am competitors and new teams, will want to take advantage of this early availability,” said Walther.

The 911 GT America features a Porsche flat-six 4.0 liter racing engine which will produce 470 hp and utilizes a six-speed sequential gearbox with pneumatic paddle shift system and electronic throttle. The car is based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer that currently exclusively runs in the Porsche Supercup series, and features lightweight bodywork with aluminum-steel composite construction, a fuel safety cell with new quick-fill connection, new color Cosworth dash display, and new safety equipment including a rescue opening in the roof allow use of the KED system for driver stabilization.

A newly developed race braking system further improves the excellent endurance qualities compared to its successful predecessor. The 380 millimeter slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle are decelerated by six-piston aluminium fixed callipers. The rear axle features a four-piston version.

Retailing at $269,000 (FOB Weissach, plus shipping and parts package), the new Porsche 911 GT America is sold in North America exclusively by Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc., based in Santa Ana, California, and at the following link:

PMNA Business Information - Motorsports - Events and Racing - Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Porsche 911 GT America Specification Highlights

Powertrain: 4.0-liter aluminum six-cylinder rear-mounted boxer engine, 470 hp; Porsche six-speed sequential dog-type gearbox/pneumatic paddle shift system

Aerodynamics: new front spoiler/defuser; new design rear cover and carbon-fiber under tray to maximize aerodynamic balance with USCR-spec rear wing

Endurance package: includes quick-release couplings for all brake calipers; fast-fill refueling system for oil; oil level display."
I want one . . . Er. Will they take a check?
 

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Will Mazda still get all of the attention, like in GX? I will be curious to see what kind of BoP will be in place to make them competitive.
As for the attention no doubt! The organizers are probably going to give them a one lap head start!
 

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I think that release may be a bit dated / premature. Talking with drivers / teams at the Petit LeMans last weekend, they were all pretty frustrated that the rules were still not in stone for next year, and not really sure what they were going to be running. I got the feeling, that was pretty much the senario across all the classes, but not 100% certain. Maybe the base 911 is set, but a lot of other items need to be worked out..............

However, on Monday, Dempsey Racing annouced they were going with Porsche for 2014/2015. I have not read the announcement in full, only saw the headline.................
 

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August 9th is the release date of the presser. The car that is being delayed is the 991 GT3 RSR, they're only being run by Manthey, Porsche has yet to release to other customers. The America is based on the Cup car, it's available now for $269K +/-.............cheaper than a 918! Heck for the price of one 918 you can have your own two car race team!
 

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Porsche Motorsports Pre-Event Notes; Tudor United Sportscar Championship Test at Sebring and Daytona


2014 Porsche 911 GT America - GT Daytona class
Porsche Motorsports Pre-Event Notes
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Test

Dateline: Sebring, Fla. and Daytona Beach, Fla.

Circuit: Sebring International Raceway and Daytona International Speedway

Track Length/Turns:
Sebring. 3.74-miles, 17-turns
Daytona. 3.56-miles, 11-turns

Round: Inaugural test days, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Next Round: “Roar Before the Rolex 24”, January 3-5, 2014
Events:

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Date:
Sebring. November 16-17, 2013
Daytona. November 19-20, 2013

Race Duration:
Full-Day, Open Test Sessions
Classes. GT Daytona (Porsche 911 GT America)

Where to Watch:
Television Race Broadcast:
Live Race Broadcast -
Not Applicable
Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
Not Applicable
Live Race Streaming:
Not Applicable
Live Qualifying Streaming:
Not Applicable
Live Timing and Scoring:
IMSA | TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Race Weekend Schedule (all times EDT):

Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Test Session – 8:00 a.m. - Noon
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Test Session – 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 18
Travel Day from Sebring to Daytona Beach
Tuesday-Wednesday, November 19-20
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Test Session – 8:00 a.m. - Noon
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Test Session – 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Porsche Entries (As of 11/15/2013):
Sebring International Raceway
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

GT Daytona Class (6) Porsche 911 GT America

No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America TBA/TBA
No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America TBA/TBA
No. 22 Alex Job Racing Cooper MacNeil (Boulder. Col.)/Leh Keen (Atlanta)
No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Ian James (Sunset, S.C.)/Mario Farnbacher (Germany)
No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsports Kuba Giermaziak (Poland)/Christina Nielson/ Alex Mueller/ Dennis Trebing (Cape Coral. Fla.)
No. 44 Magnus Racing John Potter (Salt Lake, City, Utah)/Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)

Daytona International Speedway
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

GT Daytona Class (6) Porsche 911 GT America
No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America TBA/TBA
No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America TBA/TBA
No. 22 Alex Job Racing Cooper MacNeil (Boulder. Col.)/Leh Keen (Atlanta)
No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Ian James (Sunset, S.C.)/Mario Farnbacher (Germany)
No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsports Kuba Giermaziak (Poland)/Christina Nielson/ Alex Mueller/ Dennis Trebing (Cape Coral. Fla.)
No. 44 Magnus Racing John Potter (Salt Lake, City, Utah)/Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)

Porsche Point of View:

Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America
“We are launching the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in a very real way this week. Not only will this be the first time most of our customer teams will be running the new Porsche 911 GT America, it will also be the first time we will all be working with the new IMSA sanctioning body. Additionally, Sebring and Daytona are very different tracks. That will provide our engineers at Porsche Motorsport North America as well as the team and tire engineers considerable data to help prepare everyone for the debut season of the combined series. There will be a great deal we will all learn in these four days.”

Leh Keen, Driver, No. 22 WeatherTech Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America

“New cars are always tough but Porsche makes it much easier with their factory built racecars. We will really be seeing how the car responds to the tracks and the Continental tire. It will be an extremely productive four days. We know exactly how the last car was at Sebring and Daytona so the new Porsche 911 GT America differences will be clear. Greg [Fordahl, Alex Job Racing team engineer] is one of the best at figuring out new cars and with his Porsche experience we are really looking forward to having some fun with the new car and getting to know what it likes. There will be some hiccups and some unknowns as there always are but that’s just part of it. Preparation is so key in such competitive racing and it really shows how committed WeatherTech and AJR are to have the cars for this big test. Personally, I am extremely excited to get to feel the new chassis as a racecar. I have been in a Porsche most of my career and its always exciting when a new chassis hits the track. I have seen the car and it is beautiful.”

Bernhard Muehlner, managing director of Muehlner Motorsports America LLC

“We are different than many of the other Porsche 911 GT America teams in that our cars are not owned by a driver, so the four season-long slots, plus additional positions for the longer races, are wide open. We will use the test to have a competition to see who wants to drive these new cars to compete for the GT Daytona championship. Also, we will work with our major suppliers and sponsors - H&R springs, Bilstein gas pressure dampers, and Pagid brake pads – to set up our Muehlner Motorsports Porsches.”

Porsche Profile:

Porsche 911 GT America Debuts with Sebring/Daytona Tests

Saturday’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship “tire test” at Sebring International Raceway marks the official public debut of Porsche’s newest race model, the 911 GT America. Six of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car-based, North America-only model are entered to take part in the two days of testing at Sebring as well as the two days of additional testing at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Created exclusively for Porsche Motorsport North America and the GT Daytona class of the TUDOR Championship by Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, Germany, the GT America features a Porsche flat-six 4.0 liter racing engine which produces 470 hp and utilizes a six-speed sequential gearbox with pneumatic paddle shift system and electronic throttle. The car has lightweight bodywork with aluminum-steel composite construction, a fuel safety cell with new quick-fill connection, a color Cosworth dash display and new safety equipment including a rescue opening in the roof allowing use of the KED system for driver stabilization. Like the 911 GT3 Cup and 911 RSR, the GT America is developed from the seventh-generation 911 road car.

36 Hours in Florida – A Brief History of Porsche at Sebring and Daytona:

The world debut of the Porsche 911 GT America this weekend at Sebring and Daytona brings back memories of Porsche racecars that earned world-wide fame by winning at these Florida endurance classics.

The list of winning cars the Rolex 24 reads like a chronology of famous Porsche racing models since the 1960s. From the Porsche 907 (1968), to the 917 (1970, 1971), to the Porsche 911 Carrera (1973, 1974, 1977) and Porsche 935 (1978 - 1983), the 962 (1985 - 1987, 1989, 1991, 1995), through the Porsche 911 GT3 RS (2003) and Porsche 911-powered Riley Daytona Prototype, Porsche racing cars have excelled at the “36 Hours of Florida”. These entries are recognized as some of the most innovative, durable and highest performing sports racing cars of their day.

The 12 Hours of Sebring Porsche honor role is just as broad, with 18 overall wins, including the first victory in 1960 for a Porsche 718 RS 60 driven by Hans Hermann and Oliver Gendebien. Other overall Sebring wins have included the Porsche 907 (1968); the Porsche 917 (1971); the 911 Carrera (1973, 1976, 1977); the Porsche 935 (1978 – 1982, 1984); the 934 (1983); the Porsche 962 (1985 – 1988), and, most recently, the Porsche RS Spyder (2008). A Porsche has competed at Sebring every year since 1953 – 60 straight races (there was no race in 1974).

Porsche North America 911 RSR Factory Team Awaits TUDOR Debut in January

As scheduled, Porsche’s challenger for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans class will debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 25-26, 2014. Porsche Cars North America will enter a two-car factory effort fielded by CORE autosport and utilizing the Porsche 911 RSR, the marque’s premier worldwide GT entry. Team Falken Tire, which announced its place as the only customer program to campaign the 911 RSR in North America on November 6th, will have its single entry at the second race of the 2014 season, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The trio of RSRs will then challenge for race wins and the championship throughout the remainder of the 12 race schedule.

Meanwhile, Porsche AG Team Manthey continues its inaugural season in the FIA/ACO World Endurance Championship (WEC) with the Porsche 911 RSR. The operation finished first and second in the GTE Pro category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June and continues in the point chase entering the season-finale, the Six Hours of Bahrain, on November 30th. Porsche AG Team Manthey is locked in a three-way battle for the team title only 15.5 points out of the lead going to

Porsche 911 GT America

Images of the Porsche 911 RSR Announcement:

2014 Porsche Factory Program Announcement

Porsche Cars North America Media Site: Porsche Cars North America Media Central

Porsche Motorsports Media Information: Current news, images and notes relating to Porsche can be found on our press kit. Please contact Andy Schupack or Tom Moore for the latest Porsche Motorsports media kit.

Contacts:
Dave Engelman
Porsche Cars North America
Media Relations Manager
Office. 770-290-3617
Mobile. 404-386-4665
[email protected]

Andy Schupack
Motorsports Public Relations Consultant
Office. 401-739-5677
Mobile. 401-741-6980
[email protected]

Tom Moore
Motorsports Public Relations Consultant
Office. 615-778-1614
Mobile. 615-509-5000
[email protected]


About Porsche Motorsport North America

Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), located in Santa Ana, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG and the sole sales and service provider for the German sports car maker’s North American customer sports programs. Porsche is the largest manufacturer of race cars with a wide range of products from the 911 GT3 Cup car to the ultimate 911 GT3 RSR. PMNA sells these models to customer teams in North America and provides them with parts, service and expertise in between races and at the track. The PMNA service truck is a fixture at most race tracks in the U.S. and Canada, staffed by factory engineers to service all of Porsche's customer teams. "
 
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