What comes to your mind when you think of a Porsche RSR: overly wide fender flares, a hunkered down stance of the later models, or a beautiful ar*e stepping out of the line while exiting a corner? Whatever it is, there has always a 911 sitting underneath the wide bodywork, with an engine positioned behind (and powering) the huge (less ostentatious and more purposeful) rear tyres. What you’re about to see here changes all of that.
Behold the new Porsche 911 RSR.
Set to go racing in the LM-GTE category from next year onwards, the new 911 RSR will compete in a total of 19 events, totaling about 140 hours of racing. It bears the traditional 911 shape but underneath is a totally different monster.
Unlike the regular 911, the 911 RSR has its engine placed in front of (and not behind) the rear wheels, making it a rear mid-ship racer. It’s powered by a 4-litre, naturally aspirated engine that makes 503 bhp, and comes mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. Bearing the same styling as the road-going 911, the 911 RSR boasts carbon fibre body panels which are easily removeable, hence improving its serviceability. There’s also a rear wing from the 919 Hybrid, lightweight 18-inch wheels, LED head- and tail-lamps, and even an air conditioning system.
There is also a collision avoidance system which will help detect the faster LMP prototypes (sadly, none of which will be Audis, though) and thus, in Porsche’s words, help avoid misunderstandings.
Get in the queue if you want a road-going version of this. If wishes were horses…