Here at Porsche Conversions, as you would expect we consider ourselves to be Porsche fanatics. So when we heard that they had released a new 911 RSR race car, we simply had to find out more.
Unlike most 911 models, this new racer has its engine at the front of the rear axle, which is the first time since the 1995’s 911 GT1 prototypes. The new model has been designed with the LM-GTE rules in mind and will be competing against other mid-engine cars such as the Ferrari 488 GTE and the Ford GT race car. “This is the biggest evolution by now in the history of our top GT model,” said Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser. “
This new 911 RSR race car isn’t turbocharged but instead powered by a new four litre water cooled flat-six. The magnesium cased six-speed transmission and mechanical LSD sends the power through tot the 13inch real wheels. Because the rear axle has more free space it has allowed room for a huge diffuser. Despite having huge aerodynamic add-on’s and a mid-engine, the 911 RSR still preserves the distinctive 911 profile.
The safety of this Porsche model has been improved by the RSR having a new radar collision warning system fitted. This is designed to warn drivers when other LMP1 and LMP2 cars are nearby, allowing the driver to react in time and correctly. In addition the new model is equipped with a rigidly mounted seat which in turn allows the pedals to be moved accordingly, another improvement in terms of safety.
Some might argue that the new design including the mid rear engine layout, isn’t a ‘proper’ 911 design, but this isn’t the first 911 to have a mid-engine. In the late 90’s Porsche introduced the 911 GT1, that had incredible success in taking an overall victory at the Le Mans in 1998.
What are your thoughts on the new Porsche 911 RSR? Even though we would love to try this model out, we at Porsche Conversions have carried out some beautiful work over the years on current Porsche models. We are proud to have carried out repairs, restorations and conversions on all Porsche models; so with over 30 years’ experience our team can help with any issues or upgrades you are looking for with your current Porsche. So from a small dent to a complete replacement body kit, we can help. Call us today for more information.