Porsche re­veals its new 911 RSR model

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - MO­TOR­ING

Porsche has dis­missed any no­tion of build­ing a road-go­ing ver­sion of its lat­est mid-en­gined 911-based race car.

The Ger­man brand re­vealed its new­est 911 RSR - the top-flight en­durance racer that com­petes in blue rib­bon events such as the Le Mans and Day­tona 24 hour - at the Los An­ge­les mo­tor show, con­firm­ing it has flipped the en­gine and gear­box con­fig­u­ra­tion around for bet­ter weight dis­tri­bu­tion and to im­prove aero­dy­nam­ics by open­ing up more space to fit a larger rear dif­fuser.

It is the first time since the Le Mans-win­ning GT1 that Porsche has cre­ated a 911 with a mi­dengined lay­out. But un­like when the GT1 was raced - be­tween 1996 and 1998, un­der a set of rules that re­quired a hand­ful of road­reg­is­tered ver­sions be made to qual­ify - Porsche has no im­me­di­ate plans to pro­duce a road-racer based on the RSR.

‘‘At Porsche we never say no, as we have done so many things over the last 20 years that no­body has ex­pected, but at the mo­ment we have no plans for some­thing like this,’’ Porsche’s global mo­tor­sport boss, Dr Frank-St­ef­fen Wal­liser, said.

‘‘The 911, as a road car, is all about the two-plus-two lay­out, the space you have in the car com- pared to the Boxster and Cay­man for ex­am­ple. This [con­fig­u­ra­tion] is purely for mo­tor­sport - and en­durance rac­ing in par­tic­u­lar.’’

Another in­no­va­tion in­tro­duced on the 911 RSR is a mo­tor­sport ap­pli­ca­tion of col­li­sion avoid­ance warn­ing, us­ing a back­wards fac­ing radar sys­tem to alert the driver of faster-ap­proach­ing cars such as the com­pany’s Le Mans win­ning 919 Hy­brid.

Un­der it’s bulging car­bon fi­bre body­work, the 4.0-litre flat six cylin­der en­gine has main­tained its nat­u­rally-as­pi­rated lay­out with the abil­ity to pro­duce up to 375kW. It could pro­duce much more, but air re­stric­tors are fit­ted to bal­ance power out­puts be­tween dif­fer­ent makes of car in the World En­durance Cham­pi­onship.

The en­gine drives the rear wheels through a six-speed semi­au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with pad­dle shifters on the steer­ing wheel. In­side the cabin, the driver’s seat is fixed in place for bet­ter crash pro­tec­tion while the ped­als and steer­ing wheel can be ad­justed to suit dif­fer­ent driv­ers.

Wal­liser also re­vealed that Porsche’s pres­ence in mo­tor rac­ing is pro­tected from Volk­swa­gen’s bud­get cuts.

Porsche’s new 911 RSR GT-racer.

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