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Porsche headed out to Sebring Raceway in Florida to put its new 2012 911 GT3 RSR race cars to the test ahead of their scheduled racing debut at the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Three of the US teams running the new 911 GT3 RSRs were in attendance as the race car made its debut: Flying Lizard Motorsports, Paul Miller Racing, and Team Falken Tire. The revamped GT3 RSR race car got plenty of changes to the body for 2012, coming in at almost 2 inches wider than its predecessor.
Powered comes from a 4.0L, six-cylinder boxer engine with 460-hp mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Plenty of aerodynamic improvements have also been made to the new 911 GT3 RSR.
“Our customer teams can expect a technically mature, high performance race car with which they will be highly competitive at international long distance races,” assures Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport. “Our test program on various international race tracks is currently running at full speed. We are very pleased with the car’s performance and drivability.”
GALLERY: 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
The great American Le Mans Series begins this weekend at the wonderful 12 Hours of Sebring. And with all first races of the season, great anticipation brews for new race car debuts and at the top of everybody’s list is Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 458 GTC. Luckily for us, Risi Competizione brought along a photographer out on their test days and has finally reveals some photos of the car in race form to the world.
Risi Competizione is a Houston-based race team that has specialized in fielding Ferraris for many years in the ALMS series. They have taken plenty of class victories back with them with their 430 GT2, so it’ll be plenty interesting to see how successful they can get their 458 to become, and more importantly, how qiuckly.
Risi Competizione’s Founder and Team Principal, Giuseppe Risi, had a few things to say about their new car:
“This new car offers a great opportunity for us to show what, I believe, we do best at Risi Competizione,” he says, “which is to technologically develop our cars to race and win GT events at the highest level of competition. I am confident that our total race car preparation will be better than our competitors, and that will allow us to concentrate our efforts on the areas of development and evolution that new race cars inevitably present.”
Risi continues: “We will be concentrating on just one car this season, and will be making a run for the GT Championship. We are under no illusions that the 12 Hours of Sebring – traditionally a happy hunting ground for us – will be a severe test as the F458 is short on testing time and the track is punishing. It’s going to be a true test for the car and for us, although racing is a challenge in itself at any level. I’m completely confident, however, that our guys are up to it.”
We’ll be keeping our eyes glued to this weekend’s Sebring coverage. One of the best races of the year!