Two tweets on the official account of the Endurance World (@FIAWEC) at 16:17h and at 16:21h gave the news. Although both have been deleted immediately, according to the same Porsche would not have any 911 RSR GTE official in the WEC in 2016. The German manufacturer would have opted not to put at stake the official vehicles of the Team Manthey in the category GTE Pro to develop the new GT debut in the season 2017. A logical step that complements the announcement in the summer the expansion of its program in LMP1 of the World of Resistance to 2018.
The category GTE Pro is undergoing remarkable changes. Chevrolet has renewed its Corvette C7R, Ferrari will premiere in 2016, the new 488 GTE turbo and Ford return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the WEC with his Ford GT next year, while Aston Martin maintains its project with the Vantage V8. This revolution and the novelties presented by manufacturers rivals invite Porsche to do a break in your GT program with the Team Manthey, since the current Porsche 911 RSR GTE has had a long career and cries out for a generational shift.
This new Porsche 911 RSR will arrive in 2017 of the hand of the new regulations that will govern the category. For this reason and for the above-mentioned competition, Porsche will focus on 2016 to develop their new GT, while that remains as it is logical to your project in LMP1 with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, that so good results it is delivering to the trademark throughout this season. A logical move, but that inevitably recalls announced today by Citroën Racing. The French training also will be a year of parentheses to develop a new World Rally Car of face-to-2017.