Team Falken Tire survived the storm that hit Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 30 minutes before the finish and took top honors in GT class for the first time in the performance tire manufacturer's three-year ALMS career.
Derrick Walker, Falken's ALMS Team Manager, made the comment after previously expressing confidence in Falken's capability at Mid-Ohio, a track he knows very well from years of competing as a manager and owner of IndyCar teams.
Credit also went to Falken's two team drivers, Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler, and his partner, Bryan Sellers, who persevered through the race on a track notoriously tough on tires. Sellers qualified 9th and expressed disappointment with the position, considering Falken has finished in fifth place the last two races. However, Sellers started the race and started moving forward until he was hit from behind by the #04 Ford GT, which dropped the Porsche to 12th. The veteran driver fought hard and turned the car over to his teammate in 10th. Henzler entered the race and gradually moved to 7th place in GT, remaining there for a good portion of the race.
Falken takes on the 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix
Finishing just one place out of a podium spot in the hotly contested GT
Class, Team Falken's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, piloted by Porsche Works and team
driver Wolf Henzler, and his partner, team driver Bryan Sellers, ran strong
all afternoon on the challenging streets of Long Beach, and ended up 4th
out of 14 GT entrants during the annual visit by the American LeMans Series
to the Long Beach Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious street races in
the world, now in its 37th year.
FALKEN Porsche at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring
Our European counterparts produced an incredible Movie about what it takes
be part of a 24 Hours of Nürburgring race team. Join Wolf Henzler, Peter
Dumbreck, Martin Ragginger, and Sebastian Asch and the entire Falken Tyre
Motorsports team as they take us through the practice, training, and
physical race. We even endured a Porsche crash, which the team was able to
fix and get us back on the Nordschleife.
Falken Tire: 2013 Forza Motorsports // Livery Contest
Falken Tire teams up with Turn 10 studios to form a Forza Motorpsorts 4
Livery Contest for the community on Xbox 360. Winning livery was fabricated
on real Falken Tire's Porsche GT3 RSR and races to win the race of Petit Le
Mans Road Atlanta. Subaru BRZ Livery contest coming soon to Forza
Motorsprots 5 on Xbox One.
"Turn 10 Studios has been making Forza Motorsport for almost 10 years now
and It really represents the combination of car lovers and gamers. Getting
people interested in car culture and gaming culture. we are exactly the
people that we're making our game for.
We are a collection of car fanatics, we love tuning and wrenching on our
We also have a lot of enthusiasts here at Falken Tire, which makes it a
really easy fit for us to collaborate and do this partnership together.
I think its great for Forza to have the Falken Porsche in game. What it
brings to our players is the ability to take a real world race-car that
they see every weekend racing around the United States and bring it into
the game and be able to actually experience what it's like to take that
full bred race-car onto the same tracks they see at race every weekend.
And try to beat the lap times, win the race and compete against their
friends. It's an important part of actually bringing fantasy to life.
The livery contest actually came about from a collaboration that Forza and
the American Le Mans series did together during our 2013 season. Each month
they would work with a different team to do a promotion of some sort and we
really wanted to do something unique. For decades now we have ran a
traditionally teal and blue Falken Motorsports livery on everything that we
Falken Tire challenged our fans to paint their car. ultimately one of our
fans liveries was chosen and painted onto their car to race at Petit Le
Mans in Road Atlanta.
Livery creation in Forza Motorsport isn't necessarily easy, it's meant to
empower artists the tools meant to give them a way for them to express
themselves. so the amazing works of art they create simply can't be created
The painters and tuners in Forza Motorsport are continually pushing the
boundaries what can be be done in game. And thats why were excited to bring
that community together with Falken Tire.
Out of 200 submissions of different designs, we basically chose the top 6,
and then we left it up to our Facebook fans to decide who the winning
design was. turned out to be a designer from Belgium named Kevin Neuville.
Talk about a unique opportunity you know, thiswas the first and probably
the last time that you'll ever see a one off design on our Porsche program
and for it to be the time we win Petit Le Mans is a pretty rare opportunity
to say the least.
As we approach the release of Forza Motorsport 5, Falken Tire has
challenged our community again. This time to paint Dai Yoshihara's Subaru
BRZ, the one that will compete in the 2014 season.
Taking a step even further the Porsche livery that was a one event limited
time contest. The BRZ livery is actually going stay on the vehicle for the
duration of the 2014 Formula D season. Im anxious to see what creative
ideas come out of that contest."
Falken Tire: 2014 Porsche 911 RSR // "Valentina"
Introducing Falken Tire's brand new 2014 Porsche 911 RSR, nicknamed
"Valentina" from Wolf Henzler's first shake down of the vehicle on
Valentine's Day. Falken Tire being the one and only North American owner of
this new race car makes it all the more memorable. We will soon bring it to
the tracks of the inaugural Tudor United SportsCar Championship (Formerly
American Le Mans Series) in the veteran driver hand's of Wolf Henzler and
Bryan Sellers. Let the 2014 USCC season finally begin. Be sure to see it's
first appearance on the Sebring International Raceway for 12hrs of Sebring
Configuration - M97/80 B6
Location - Rear, longitudinally mounted
Construction - aluminium block and head
Displacement - 3.996 liter / 243.9 cu in
Bore / Stroke - 102.7 mm (4 in) / 80.4 mm (3.2 in)
Valvetrain - 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed - Fuel Injection
Lubrication - Dry sump
Aspiration - Naturally Aspirated
Power - 453 bhp / 338 KW @ 7800 rpm
Torque - 450 Nm / 332 ft lbs @ 7250 rpm
BHP/Liter - 113 bhp / liter
Body - carbon-fibre composite panels
Chassis - unitary steel
Front suspension - double wishbones, double coil springs, Sachs four-way
adjustable gas-pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension - multi-link, double coil springs, Sachs four-way
adjustable gas-pressurised shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Steering - rack-and-pinion, power assisted
Brakes - ventilated discs, all-round
Gearbox - Paddle Operated 6 speed Sequential
Clutch - Dry, triple plate
Drive - Rear wheel drive
Weight - 1245 kilo / 2744.8 lbs
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) - 2450 mm (96.5 in) / N/A / N/A
Fuel tank - 90 Litre (23.8 Gallon US / 19.8 Gallon Imperial)
Wheels (fr/r) - 12.5J x 18 / 13J x 18
Tyres (fr/r) - 30/68 - 18 / 31/71 - 18
Power to weight - 0.36 bhp / kg
Inside Falken's ALMS Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Racecar
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We visit Falken Tire's racing team HQ and check out their new 450hp Porsche
911 GT3 RSR. Raced in the GT2 class of the ALMS race series with Falken
slick tires. Driven by factory driver Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers.
Soundcheck - Manthey Porsche 997GT3RSR
Beim Testtag in Spa Francorchamps war auch die Manthey Truppe aus Meuspath,
um mit Marco Holzer und Nick Tandy den Porsche 997GT3RSR für die
International GT Open zu testen.
Akustisch und fahrerisch über jeden Zweifel erhaben. Die Jungs treten wohl
nicht an um Zweiter zu werden.
ALMS Sebring 12 Hour Highlights - #30 NGT Porsche + Helicopter!
The NGT Motorsport team entered it's first professional race at the Mobil 1
12 Hours of Sebring, which is part of the American Le Mans Series
championship. Their regular drivers Henrique Cisneros and Carlos Kauffmann
were coming off the back of winning the Patron GT3 challenge in 2010. They
enlisted Pro driver Sean Edwards to accompany them during the long distance
They were consistently fastest throughout the winter test day and most of
Sebring week, but two crashed at T17 were to push the team beyond their
normal call of duty. They were unable to qualify, but the team pulled an
all nighter and had the car ready for the morning warm up, where the car
was quickest once again!
The race got underway, with NGT climbing all the way to the lead by hour 1
and holding onto it for most of the next 6 hours. Only for a mistaken wave
by and the subsequent penalty which lost them 3 laps, they would have been
fighting for the victory. Nevertheless they fought all the way back to 3rd
place and never gave up, which was an amazing feat in their first Pro race!
They also set the fastest lap of the race on a 2.07.7.
World's Greatest Drag Race!
With an empty airstrip and eleven of the best driver's cars in the world,
we put on the world's greatest drag race.
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Shot by: Jim Gleason, Gordon Green, Duane Sempson, Corey Denomy
Directed by: Mike Suggett
Edited by: Jim Gleason