Porsche 911 RSR (2017)
The 2017 version of the Porsche 911 RSR is a racing car developed by Porsche to compete in the LM GTE categories of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest sanctioned FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and GTLM class, of the International Motor Sports Association's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It serves as the replacement for the Porsche 911 RSR (991). The car was unveiled in November 2016 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
|Category||GT Endurance (IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GTLM and FIA WEC GTE Pro and GTE Am)|
|Predecessor||Porsche 911 RSR (991)|
|Successor||Porsche 911 RSR-19|
|Chassis||Carbon-fibre monocoque with safety roll cage|
|Length||4,557 mm (179 in)|
|Width||2,048 mm (81 in)|
|Height||1,040 mm (41 in)|
|Wheelbase||2,516 mm (99 in)|
|Engine||Porsche 3,996 cc (244 cu in) flat-6 naturally-aspirated, 9,500 rpm maximum revolutions mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive|
|Transmission||6-speed sequential semi-automatic paddle shift|
|Power||510 PS (375 kW; 503 hp)|
|Weight||1,243 kg (2,740 lb)|
|Fuel||Esso, Total, Shell V-Power and VP Racing Fuels|
|Brakes||ventilated steel discs|
|Notable entrants|| Porsche GT Team|
Porsche GT Team
Team Project 1
|Debut||2017 24 Hours of Daytona (IMSA SportsCar)|
2017 6 Hours of Silverstone (FIA WEC)
|Constructors' Championships||1 (IMSA SportsCar)|
1 (FIA WEC)
|Drivers' Championships||1 (IMSA SportsCar)|
2 (FIA WEC)
The 911 RSR was developed into a licensed LEGO Technic scale model, released for purchase by the public in 2019.
In May 2016, the first images of the new car were shown in a press release, with the photographs issued only focusing on the front half of the car, igniting speculation that the car would be the first mid-engined 911 race car. Further reports by the German Auto magazine Auto motor und sport appeared to confirm the speculation, after it was revealed that Porsche had received a technical waiver from the FIA to move the engine forwards, and that Porsche had wanted to base its new GTE Class contender on the Porsche 918 Spyder, but it had been found to be too costly. In October 2016, the unmarked car was spotted testing at the Sebring International Raceway, in Florida. Spy photographs of the car showed a massive diffuser, compared with the current car being campaigned, and a series of air extractors located on the "window panel", suggesting it was mid-engined.
The car was then launched at the 2016 LA Auto Show. At the launch of the car, it was revealed that Porsche did not actually seek, and the car never required any waiver, as the car had been fully legal and within the 2017 GTE rules.
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