Offenbach, January 24, 2011: Long time participant in the Nürburgring 24 Hour race, FALKEN Motorsport Team, has signaled its intent for this year’s event (June 25th-26th) with the decision to run a highly competitive GT3 R specification Porsche 911.
The high performance tire manufacturer’s decision to switch to the competitive Porsche follows a successful history of campaigning Japanese sports cars in the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race and ties in with increasing activity of the brand in the region. “With FALKEN High Performance Tires and Porsche, two premium motorsport brands are coming together. This comes at a time when we are increasing our commitment in Europe, with an intention to expand further,” says FALKEN’s Marketing Director, Satoru Ushida.
Drivers for the 2011 assault, a race that will be used to develop the next generation of FALKEN tires, are still to be announced but in line with the team’s preparations, the selection is likely to focus on those with extensive Nürburgring experience. “It is our aim to improve our race results from the past. Last year we achieved 12th place overall and 3rd place in the SP7 class and put our performance to the test at the highest level,” adds Ushida.
The 2011 race will take place on the unique Nordschleife on June 25th-26th. With 33 left-hand and 40 right-hand curves, the famous strip of asphalt snakes through the hilly Eifel landscape. In the 2010 Long-Distance Championship (VLN) held at the track, nine out of the ten races were won by the Porsche 911 GT3 R.
About the Porsche 911 GT3 R:
The 911 GT3 R is powered by six-cylinder, naturally-aspirated boxer engine with four liters of displacement, which generates 480 horsepower at 7,250 rotations per minute. Through a six-speed sequential dog-type gearbox, the power is transmitted to the rear axle. Traction control, the electronically controlled double de-clutching function and a specially tuned racing ABS make the 911 GT3 R a highly competitive vehicle. Wheels: Front axle: One-piece, forged, lightweight alloy wheels (11J x 18 ET 35) and 290/660R18 tires. Rear axle: One-piece, forged, lightweight alloy wheels (13J x 18 ET 12.5) and 330/710R18 tires.
About the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race:
The ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race at the Nürburgring has been held on the approximately 25km long combination of the Nordschleife and Grand-Prix track since 1970. The long lap length makes a field of more than two hundred vehicles possible, which are driven by up to approximately 700 drivers. Due to the large starting field and more than 200,000 fans that line the track, the race is regarded by some as the largest motorsports event in the world. In 2011, it will be held from the 23rd to 26th June.
About FALKEN High Performance Tires:
The basis for technology and development of FALKEN High Performance Tires and their extraordinary driving characteristics have formed motorsport for many years. FALKEN racing tires prove their quality and performance in the most challenging race series in the world. These include the Super Taikyu Series, the American Le Mans Series, the World Rally Championship and particularly the legendary 24-Hour Race on the Nürburgring. Through the systematic evaluation of experiences obtained in racing, new insights are gained, which then flow into series production via the shortest route. This results in outstanding products that meet the highest quality standards and have successfully proven themselves in international competition for many years.
All FALKEN products fulfill the ISO standards 9001 and 14001.
FALKEN is a brand of SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES LTD., Japan