The two racers took to the track before the Rolex 24.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R and GT4 RS Clubsport are two track cars that are designed for customer racing. For this year's season, the company promises a customer experience that includes new teams, combinations, classes, and of course, the new racecars. In total, 14 teams are scheduled to participate in the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge seasons.
The first event was the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 this past weekend. The two-day practice session took place on the iconic 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course which features 12 complex corners. This came as the perfect opportunity for the drivers to get themselves ready for the 60th Running of the Rolex 24 this coming weekend.
In the GTD Pro class, three of the GT3 R cars will be pitted against the rest of the grid while the GTD class will host four teams. Should any of the three cars in the Pro division clinch the top spot, Porsche will celebrate its 79th class win at Daytona. Pfaff Motorsports is expected to head the pack up in the all-professional driver category in the number nine "Plaid Porsche".
The Michelin Pilot Challenge employs the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport which was first revealed to us last November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Seven teams will be entering the all-new competition car during the four-hour race which will act as the inaugural race for the weekend.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R maintains the sportscar's flat-six engine with a power output of 550 horsepower. This is delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox while six-piston front and four-piston rear aluminum racing brakes provide the stopping power. As per FIA standards, all cars are fitted with a welded roll cage, FT3 safety fuel cell, and a fire-suppression system.
The GT4 RS Clubsport employs a 4.0-liter flat-six engine with a power output of 500 hp. This is transferred to the rear using a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with short ratios. To make it sharper on the track, the company has made considerable changes to the chassis, including the application of two-way adjustable shock absorbers and adjustable sword-type anti-roll bars. It sounds like a winning recipe - now it's just up to the drivers to prove it as such.
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