Porsche has pulled back the sheets on the new 911 RSR, a mid-engined race car that will make its debut at the Daytona 24-hour race in January 2017.
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“While retaining the typical 911 design, this is the biggest evolution by now in the history of our top GT model,” said Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser in Porsche’s press release regarding the car.
And no, this isn’t just a rehash of another GT car. According to Porsche, the suspension, body structure, aerodynamics, engine and transmission were all designed from scratch. As for the power of the four-liter flat-six engine mounted in front of the rear axle, it can put out around 510 hp, and this power is routed through a sequential six-speed gearbox.
Also, for the first time, a Porsche GT race car has advanced assistance systems installed, including the radar-based collision warning system called “Collision Avoid System.”
In 2017, Porsche plans on taking the new 911 RSR out for 19 outing, which will come out to around 140 hours of racing. “We’re very well prepared for this,” says Marco Ujhasi, Head of GT Works Sport. “Since its first rollout in Weissach in March this year we’ve covered 35,000 test kilometres on racetracks in Europe and North America – that’s more than in the development of any other Porsche GT racer.”