Porsche goes mid-engine for Le Mans 911
Porsche will tackle next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours with a midengined 911 design for the first time in almost 20 years with its new 911 RSR GTE.
The Stuttgart firm revealed what it labelled as “the biggest evolution ever of our top GT model” during last week’s Los Angeles Motor Show.
The new car is Porsche’s first to be developed for the new FIA World Endurance Championship and Le Mans rules that allow far greater aerodynamic freedom.
Porsche has pushed its traditional rear-mounted 510bhp four-litre flat-six engine forward to better accommodate its weight against the stronger rear downforce. The car is based on the current Type 991 chassis.
Porsche motorsport boss Frank-Steffen Walliser said: “While it retains the typical 911 design, the latest 911 RSR is a completely new development. The suspension, body structure, aerodynamic concept, engine and transmission have all been designed from scratch.
“The engine concept [moving it forward] has enabled the designers to install a large rear diffuser. Combined with a top-mounted rear wing adopted from the LMP1 race car [919 Hybrid] the level of downforce and the aerodynamic efficiency are significantly improved.”
The last time Porsche developed a mid-engined 911 concept for Le Mans was the 911 GT-ONE, which won in 1998.
New 911 RSR is now mid-engined