So our Porsche mechanics are evenly split on the release of the Porsche 2017 911 RSR. Some love it, but the purists are calling it pure heresy. To understand what all the fuss is about, this 911 is different from any model Porsche has ever made. As the Autoblog explains, “the 4.0-liter flat-six engine powering this beast is in front of the rear axle, not behind it.” Essentially, Porsche has ditched its iconic rear engine layout.
The transmission is also redesigned to accommodate the new engine layout, and the body is now made out of carbon fiber instead of steel.
“The body attaches to the chassis via quick-release fasteners, making the vehicle easier to service as exterior elements can be removed with minimal effort,” the Autoblog reports. “The race car also gets a radar-based collision system – aptly named the ‘Collision Avoid System’ – which is meant to limit the 911 RSR’s encounters with faster LMP prototypes.”
Will Porsche Win Its Own Bet?
Will the new changes pay off? Only time will tell, but the answer will be definitive. Porsche plans to race the 2017 911 RSR in as many as 19 races in 2017. Next time you come in and say, “Hey, fix my Porsche,” why not talk shop with our Porsche technicians? We’ll definitely have something to say about it, for better or worse.