This is our first glimpse of the 2017 Porsche 911 GTE that will race in the World Endurance Championship and IMSA Sportscar Championship from next year.

It looks positively steroidal here, seemingly several feet wider than its road-going counterpart – always a notably slim-hipped machine.

Porsche has said it won’t release any technical details about the new 911 GTE until it is officially launched towards the end of this year. The big question will be whether or not it retains a naturally-aspirated engine similar to that in the current or car, or switches to a turbo motor similar to those recently adopted in the road car range.

The current GTE-spec 911 RSR was debuted in 2013 and won the blue ribband Le Mans 24 Hours first time out. Four wins last year yielded both the Drivers’ and Teams’ championship in the WEC’s GTE Pro division.

The works team is sitting out this year’s WEC campaign to focus on developing the new car, though it is assisting the Proton squad and will appear at Le Mans in June.

Driver’s from Porsche’s extensive roster have already got behind the wheel of the 2017 car, which will continue testing throughout the year. It is expected to make it’s race debut in the Daytona 24 Hours, a baptism of fire if ever there was one.

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