The Porsche 991 RSR is the latest Porsche GT2 racer which replaces the Porsche 997 GT3 RSR.
With the extensive use of carbon fiber for the quick release body work panels, polycarbonate windows and a lithium battery the center of gravity of the 991 RSR is considerably lower than on the 997 GT3 RSR.
The wheel base is a little longer than the older model thanks to a new six speed transmission operated from the steering wheel by paddle shift. The air restricted flat six 4 litre / 244 cui motor produces 460 hp which is comparable to both the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE and Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 cars against which it competes.
For 2013 Porsche AG have teamed up with 1990 Porsche Super Cup Champion Olaf Manthey who’s team Manthey Racing won it’s class first time out at Le Mans with a Porsche 911 GT3R in 1999.
Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Pilet and Timo Bernhard are the drivers of the #91 Porshe AG Team Manthey entry while, Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Romain Dumas drive the #92.
At Silverstone where the cars are seen here they finished 17 and 20th overall and 4th and 6th in the GTE Pro class in reverse order on their debut. At Spa the #92 finished 19th overall and 15th in class while the #91 retired.
At Le Mans Aston Martin out qualified both Porshe AG Team Manthey cars but in the race Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Romain Dumas finished 16th overall and first in class to secure Porsche’s 99th class win in the endurance classic. They were followed by the #91 which was on the same lap to make it a Porsche 1-2 in the GTE Pro class.
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