Wolf Henzler, Peter Dumbreck, Martin Ragginger and Alexandre Imperatori will battle it out for Falken, aiming for a top three places in the VLN Championship as well as the Nürburgring’s 24h-Race. The Falken Porsche 911 GT3R (991) is powered by a water-cooled six-cylinder engine and has a total weight of approximately 1,220 kg – around 60 kg lighter than its predecessor. The new racer’s wheelbase is 8.3 cm longer, and its center of gravity has been optimized by using advanced lightweight techniques in building the bodywork, chassis and add-ons, aimed at maximizing the vehicle’s performance.
After initial testing, a further round of tests was held in Portimao, Portugal, where the second-generation Falken tires were put through their paces on the new Porsche. In the first round of tests, tires from the preceding 997 model were fitted to the car for comparison. The results of these tests were then used by the Falken Motorsports engineers to design a new generation of advanced motorsport tires tailored to the Porsche.
“A lighter car with longer wheelbase and a few extra horsepower already sounds pretty good to me,” enthused Peter Dumbreck about the Porsche 991. “It’s not only the tires that have been advanced since the first round of tests; the new car itself has undergone a whole host of improvements. It’s now easier to drive, the brakes are firmer and the aerodynamics whilst cornering are improved. When we fight for a top three place this season, we’ll be fighting for victory. It certainly won’t be easy. The competition is getting tougher from year to year as more and more factory teams and drivers enter the race and the cars get faster and faster.”
“We tested the car over 2,300km under conditions that matched what we can expect from the Nürburgring in spring,” says Wolf Henzler. “This Porsche is streets ahead of its predecessor and Falken’s new-generation tires will enable us to take a further leap towards victory. The car is rock-solid and I’m confident we have what it takes to climb the podium. The 24h-Race is a long, long event where a lot can happen – so we’ll just do what we did last year: drive, drive, drive!”