Porsche goes mid-en­gine for Le Mans 911

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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

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