Porsche to return to Le Mans 24 Hours

10 Dec, 2012 4:56pm Damion Smy

Porsche has announced it will run two 911 RSR racecars at Le Mans in 2013

Porsche is returning to the Le Mans 24 Hours with its first factory-built entry since 1998. Two new Porsche 911 RSR racecars will contest the 2013 event as part of a full World Endurance Championship (WEC) campaign.

The 911 RSR will be based on the new Porsche 911, and two cars will be run by Porsche AG Team Manthey and Olaf Manthey, who has been part of five Porsche overall victories at the Nurburgring 24 Hours.

It will also be a special year for the 911 off the track. “What better time could there be to introduce the new car than in the 50th anniversary year of the Porsche 911,” Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport, said.

While the 911 RSR isn’t in contention for outright honours at Le Mans, as it’s contesting in the GTE class, it’s a prelude to a full-blown assault by Porsche in 2014 in the LMP1 class, which is currently dominated by Audi.

The last time Porsche contested in the Le Mans 24 Hours, it won the event outright with the 911-based GT1, while the 917 - which won the 1970 and 1971 races - is now one of the race’s most iconic sportscars.