The Sports Car FIA World Endurance Series (WEC) will be having the Porsche 911 Turbo as their safety car. That means if something goes wrong, the all-wheel-drive 540 horsepower 911 Turbo will rush to the rescue. Compared to a standard version of the car, there are only a few modifications made to the safety car, including a light bar on the roof, radio for contacting the race director, and brakes and suspension that were optimized for the race track. For its design, they went with a matte-black finish with glossy red stripes.
Porsche will be providing the safety FIA WEC up until 2020. This means you’ll be seeing the car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans! Two 911 Turbos will be traveling around the world for the WEC races, while three will be held in Le Mans as permanent vehicles. On top of providing the safety car, Porsche is also contributing eleven intervention vehicles as well.
“We’re delighted to have the chance to supply the safety cars and intervention vehicles for the Sports Car World Endurance Championship until 2020. As a sports car manufacturer, it was rather easy for us to find a suitable car. Basically, many of our production models fit the bill for this special task on the race circuit. Ultimately, however, we chose the Porsche 911 as the safety car. In total, 16 vehicles from different model lines will fulfil different functions in the WEC,” explains Alexander Stehlig, the man behind the safety car project on behalf of Porsche AG as the GT Motorsport programme manager.