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FALKEN’s dynamic duo: Porsche and BMW to tackle the 24h-Race at Nürburgring

08-03-2017

FALKEN’s dynamic duo: Porsche and BMW to tackle the 24h-Race at Nürburgring

In the new racing season, FALKEN will line up on the grid with not one, but two racing cars from premium German manufacturers. Last year saw the debut of the FALKEN Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 991), which simultaneously scooped the title of fastest Porsche in the 24h-Race on Nürburgring and ended up in 9th place overall. This season, it will be joined by team-mate FALKEN BMW M6 GT3 – the first time the tyre manufacturer has fielded two vehicles in motorsports challenges.

FALKEN will enter both cars in various VLN endurance races as well as the legendary 24h-Race on Nürburgring. The situation of a team competing with two different but current GT3 vehicle marques is unusual, but serves to confirm the depth of experience of Falken’s tyre engineers and the broadly based performance of the tyres. FALKEN’s long-term partner, Schnabl Engineering, will supervise and support the two vehicles throughout the season.

The BMW will be in the hands of the two FALKEN racers Peter Dumbreck – this year celebrating ten years as part of the FALKEN team – and Alexandre Imperatori. The team will be supported by Marco Seefried and Stef Dusseldorp on the BMW factory side. Battling it out for top place at the wheel of the Porsche will be FALKEN driver Martin Ragginger plus Porsche works drivers Jörg Bergmeister, Dirk Werner and Laurens Vanthoor.

BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt says: “We are very happy to be working with FALKEN Motorsport and have this well-established team compete with a BMW M6 GT3. In 2016, the race car was able to prove its great potential on the Nürburgring Nordschleife and it is clear that this is a very appealing model for our customers. Team Falken tested the car itself in the VLN Endurance Championship at the end of last year, which proved positive. We hope that we can celebrate success together this season in the ‘Green Hell’.”

“To keep pace with the ongoing development and advancement of the FALKEN brand, our next milestone will be our partnership with two iconic sports car manufacturers in the toughest race in the world. In tests, our tyres have already demonstrated their superb performance on both vehicles. Now we’re adding the element of competition by fielding the two cars in motorsports events, and look forward to exciting clashes between Porsche and BMW – both fitted with virtually identical Falken tyres”, explains Stephan Cimbal, Head of Marketing at Falken Tyre Europe. “In our campaign, entitled ‘Masters of Excitement’, we will activate the media attraction of this FALKEN battle by launching TV commercials, social media and influencer integration activities, as well as a variety of PR operations on FALKEN markets throughout the world.”

FALKEN Motorsports Calendar:

VLN Endurance Races and 24h-Race at Nürburgring: 25 March 2017
08 April 2017
08 July 2017

19 August 2017
23 September 2017 21 October 2017

22 April 2017 – 24h Qualifying Race 25 May 2017 – 24h-Race

Facts and Figures:
Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 991)

Engine:
Naturally aspirated engine 4.0L Max. power: 504 hp at 8,750 1/min Max. revs: 9,500 1/min
Max. speed 298 km/h
0-100: 2.7 seconds
Fuel: Superplus unleaded (E20)

Rims/tyres:
Front axle:
One-piece BBS rims 12x18“ ET 17 with central locking FALKEN Slicks; tyre size 300/660-18
Rear axle:
One-piece BBS rims 13.0x18“ ET 37.5 with central locking FALKEN Slicks; tyre size 330/710-18


BMW M6 GT3

Engine:
V8 M TwinPower Turbo 4.4L
Max. power: Up to 585 hp depending on BoP classification Max. revs: 6,500 1/min
Max. Depending on BoP classification
Fuel: Superplus unleaded (E20)

Rims/tyres:
BBS rims, 13“x18“ front and rear axle FALKEN Slicks; tyre size 330/710 18

Falken Tyre Europe

The Falken Tyre Europe GmbH is the European affiliate of the Japanese tyre manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., with about 33,000 employees the sixth largest tyre manufacturer worldwide. From its location in Offenbach/Main, the company markets and sells a complete tyre portfolio for passenger cars, light trucks, trucks, pick-ups and SUVs as original equipment and for the entire European retrofitting market. All Falken products comply with the ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949 and ISO14001. Developed and tested in the world’s most demanding racing series, the Falken tyres provide the maximum of individual driving enjoyment. The Falken brand is involved in exciting and high technology platforms such as Motorsports with a Porsche 911 GT3 R and BWM M6 GT3, Red Bull Air Race, and AUDI Sportpark based Bundesliga club FC Ingolstadt 04.

Media Contact: Falken Tyre Europe GmbH

Kerstin Schneider, Tel.: + 49 69 247 5252 676, Mobil +49 151 10846870 Fax: +49 69 247 5252 89676
E-Mail: pr@falkentyre.com 

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