March 28, 2013

Porsche 991 RSR

How do you get "a better weight distribution" in a 911 with all it's junk in the trunk?

Well, "better" is a matter of definition and opinion but fact is the current 997 RSR was getting long in the tooth and falling behind rivals, especially its arch enemy,  the Ferrari 458.

Enter the new RSR based on the longer, bigger 991 road car. Porsche claims improvements in weight balance and a lower center of gravity among a host of other improvements making it ready for attack on the endurance racing battlefield.

The full, oddly titled, press release and more pictures, after the break,

Porsche 911 RSR
Consequent lightweight design for 50th anniversary

Stuttgart. Porsche has developed a new GT race car for the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The new 911 RSR is characterised by consequent lightweight design and sophisticated aerodynamics. The exceptional vehicle styling honours a very special anniversary: From a bird’s eye perspective, the numbers 50 and 911 are visible. These stand for 50 years of the Porsche 911. The Porsche AG Team Manthey works squad exclusively fields two Porsche 911 RSR in the 2013 season.

The new 911 RSR, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, follows in the footsteps of its successful predecessor, the 911 GT3 RSR. As with the production vehicle, the wheelbase grew by about ten centimetres. A new wishbone front suspension replaces the previously used McPherson struts. Another new development from Porsche Motorsport is the particularly lightweight racing gearbox. The six gears are selected via paddles on the steering wheel. The 460 hp, 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine was taken from the predecessor and optimised in detail.

One of the priorities in the development of the new 911 RSR was the more evenly balanced weight distribution. The centre of gravity is also significantly lower than that of its predecessor. Carbon fibre played a crucial role in the new design. The front and rear mudguards, front and rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches, rear wing, dashboard and centre console are constructed from the very light and strong material. Moreover, all windows are made of particularly thin and light polycarbonate. Also contributing to the weight reduction is the lithium-ion battery known from the GT road-legal models.

The look of the new 911 RSR is dominated by the flared mudguards and the deep cooling air intakes at the front. With the new air ducting, the radiator is now centrally-located in the front and even more effective than in the previous model. At the same time, the cockpit air conditioning became more efficient. The quick-change concept of the body parts was specially adapted for endurance racing, allowing for easier maintenance and shorter repair times. The front end, front lid and rear panel are fitted with quick release systems and can be replaced within seconds.

Competing in the Porsche 911 RSR with starting number 92 are Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria), who already shared a cockpit in the 2012 WEC. At the first two races of the season in Silverstone (14.4) and Spa (4.5) as well as at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (22.6), they receive support from their works driver colleague Romain Dumas (France). Factory pilots also drive the #91 sister car, with Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France) making up a team. In Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans, the duo is joined by Timo Bernhard (Germany).


  1. Good to see Porsche move the radiator to the center. Lots of races have been lost due to minor corner contact busting a radiator.

  2. I like it - but it suddenly strikes me how large the 911 has become seeing this in profile.

    I wonder - if they had a bigger engine in the Cayman - could that go racing and do better than the 911 in GT class?

    1. Of course it will, but 911s that cost the same as a Cayman to manufacture sell at 15% higher prices...

    2. Yeah, I know - I came from owning a Cayman and it felt as cheap as the 996's interior did - which doesn't say much for the 996.

      Like I said, the 991 RSR is cool - but really highlights the size of this car.

  3. 911 series is morphing into an Aston Martin! Clutch pedal with a full paddle shift system?

    1. well paddles are simply a better interface with the gearbox, the box is still more or less the same as before so like with the gear lever interface, you still need the clutch for starts. Though I notice this one has a launch control button


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