Special delivery: a 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for Falken!
The first official test of the 2012 American Le Mans Series season sits just two weeks away as race teams prepare for another exhilarating race season. This week, Team Falken Tire took delivery of its 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at Chicago O'Hare airport and transported the car south to Indianapolis, Ind., home of the team's race shop.
The 2012 GT3 RSR is wider in appearance and is powered again by the six-cylinder boxer 4.0 liter engine hosting 454 BHP with a six-speed gearbox with paddle shift as a standard feature.
Team Falken Tire driver Bryan Sellers is eager to get back on track and acquainted with the new vehicle, after first seeing it in December at the Porsche banquet in Weissach, Germany. "You can still tell it's a real Porsche," says Sellers. "It's impressive to see the improvements they've made."
Sellers and Wolf Henzler are keen to return to Team Falken Tire for the 2012 race season. February tests at Sebring International Raceway are rapidly approaching, and the team has not much time turn the car around and head down to Sebring.
Team Falken Tire finished 2011 off on a high note, finishing fourth in the GT Team Championship and fifth in the GT Drivers' Championship. This year will be the third year of competition for FALKEN MOTORSORTS in the American LeMans Series team.
Falken Tire Corp., a subsidiary of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, launched its brand in its native country of Japan in 1983 and was introduced to the North American market two years later. Now, over two and a half decades later, Falken has become a well-known, stand-alone brand that focuses on UHP (Ultra High Performance) products while utilizing professional motorsports racing to further develop and improve passenger vehicle products for worldwide distribution. Future product development includes expansion in the premium performance market, which is destined to further refine the driving experience.