When you’ve got an award winning Porsche, you don’t start over — you improve upon what’s already there. Porsche renewed its faith in the classic Porsche 911 RSR with a redesign it hopes will defend the World Championship.
As Porsche mechanics and enthusiasts, we couldn’t be happier. We doubt there’s a better car out there to defend the title. We know there’s nothing else we’d like to drive.
The Porsche 911 RSR has previously delivered for Porsche — winning the manufacturers’ and drivers’ world championship in the FIA WEC as well as the Le Mans endurance classic (France) and the IMSA races at Sebring and Road Atlanta (Petit Le Mans) amongst other events in 2019.
“Since 2017 the 911 RSR has yielded us more than 20 class wins in the world championship as well as at long-distance series in North America and Europe. Our job in the development was to make a very good car even better,” says Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport. “The engineers at Weissach have perfectly implemented this in every aspect.”
Porsche plans to build on that success and continue its momentum.
“We never rest on our laurels,” explains Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsport. “We’ve extensively analysed all factory and customer campaigns with the Porsche 911 RSR. Our engineers noticed room for improvement in a number of areas. We have made significant progress in the development of our car for the next three-year homologation period, especially in the complex areas of driveability, efficiency, durability and serviceability. Ninety-five percent of the car is new. The only components that we’ve kept unchanged from the predecessor are the headlights, brake system, clutch, driver’s seat and parts of the suspension. Tests so far have run excellently. We’re already looking forward to the first races of the 2019/2020 FIA WEC season.”
More Power, Better Weight
What’s next for the Porsche 911 RSR? Porsche explains in its press release:
“The highly efficient boxer unit positioned in front of the rear axle has a capacity of 4,194 cc and – depending on the size of the restrictor – produces around 515 hp. The new power unit is the largest ever boxer engine to be mounted in a Porsche 911 ex-works, and offers even better driveability over a wider rev-band compared to the predecessor’s proven four-litre aggregate. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a weight-optimised, more rigid sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox. The new powertrain in the Porsche 911 RSR ensures faster gear-shift times and increased efficiency. The two exhaust pipes now exit on each side in front of the rear wheels. The new exhaust gas ducting saves weight and is aerodynamically advantageous.”
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