New Porsche 963 And 911 GT3 R To Be Unleashed At Daytona

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It's time to see what Porsche's newest race cars can do.

After a strict 12-month testing program and nearly 20,000 test miles, the new Porsche 963 hybrid will debut in the GTP class at the Roar Before the 24. This a three-day test at the Daytona International Speedway, allowing teams to set up the cars and qualify for the Rolex 24 at Daytona a week later.

Porsche Penske Motorsport will enter two 963s, and the new car will duke it out against rival vehicles from BMW, Cadillac, and Acura. Cadillac recently unveiled its racer for the World Endurance Championship, and it looks like it won't be an easy win for Porsche.

The Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) Class is the name of the new top class for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and LMDh-spec vehicles are allowed to enter. Effectively, the 963 you see here is the same car that will race in the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2023. We've seen it in action before at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it looked mighty fast.

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"We're very much looking forward to the Daytona season opener," said Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Porsche Motorsport. "With the new Porsche 963, we're finally back fighting for overall victories in the world's biggest endurance events."

Porsche first started developing the 963 at its Weissach testing ground, after which it covered nearly 20,000 miles on racetracks in Europe and North America. We learned a lot from these tests, and we experienced ups and downs in the process," said Urs Kuratle, the Director of Factory Motorsport LMDh. "We set ourselves the goal of reaching the 30,000-kilometre mark in the tests, and we achieved this. We'll use the 'Roar' at Daytona to continue tweaking the car as perfectly as possible for the race. We've worked hard towards putting ourselves in the best possible position for the start of the IMSA season."

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The new Porsche 911 GT3 R, based on the 911 GT3 RS unveiled last year, will also be present, racing in the GTD Pro and GTD classes. Porsche also started modifying the GT3 R at Weissach, after which it was entered in three rounds of the Nurburgring Endurance Series.

"We're facing a huge challenge. Our new GT3 racer contests its first official race on the big international stage at Daytona," said Sebastian Golz, Project Manager of Porsche 911 GT3 R. "An average speed of more than [119 mph] in the race as well as the unique track characteristics with its steeply banked turns, put huge stresses on the cars at the very first race of the year."

The Rolex 24 at Daytona is definitely worth a watch, as it will provide the first glance at what we can expect from the famous race at Le Mans in June. This year will be the 100th running of Le Mans, and manufacturers will be extra hungry for that win.

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