New Porsche 911 RSR Debuted at Los Angeles Auto Show
Porsche introduced its revised 911 RSR for the Y 2017 motorsport season. It was seen it for the 1st time Wednesday at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The RSR, the current version of which was introduced for the Y 2013 season, is Porsche’s top race car based on a production model, in this case the 911. Below it are the 911 GT3 R, 911 GT3 Cup and Cayman GT4.
The RSR competes in premier endurance events such as the World Endurance Championship and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, competing in the respective GTE and GTLM classes.
Tests are planned at selected racetracks around the world, with a number of Porsche factory drivers, including some from the championship-winning LMP1 team, on hand to provide input for the development.
There are rumors the car may have a mid-engine layout instead of the rear-engine setup typical of the 911.
That is not all.
Power in the current RSR comes from a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-6 engine, though for the Y 2017 car may see turbochargers employed.
These changes will bring the new RSR closer in line to rivals like the Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) GT and Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) 488.
The new RSR’s first race will be the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season opener of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race is scheduled for January.
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