|Porsche has built the new 911 RSR for its imminent participation in the WEC (World Endurance Championship) when the season kicks off on 14 April and the Le Mans 24-Hour. Le Mans, of course, needs no introduction as the popular annual endurance series since 1923 is scheduled for 22 – 23 June.|
Porsche 911 RSR enters WEC (World Endurance Championship)
The WEC, into its second season, has been well received in the European circles. The 6-hour endurance series comprises mostly Le Mans Prototypes and Grand Tourer-style racing cars. This year’s WEC rounds include the 6-hour season opener at Silverstone on 14 April, followed by rounds at the Spa Francorchamps, Belgium on 4 May; Le Mans on 22 – 23 May; Sao Paulo, Brazil on 1 September; Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Austin, USA on 22 September; Fuji Oyama, Japan on 20 October; Shanghai, China on 10 November; and the finale at Sakhir, Bahrain on 30 November.
Last year’s WEC was ruled by Audi Sport and the strong factory-backed Toyota Racing Team. This year, the Porsche factory squad along with a host of seasoned endurance racers like Marc Lieb, Joerg Bergmeister, Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard are set to challenge the two other WEC factory squads to the finish. Porsche is confident that the 911 RSR would be an endurance car to be reckoned with come the first WEC race on 14 April.
Porsche 911 RSR details
Based on the seventh generation 911, the Porsche 911 RSR features lightweight design and advanced aerodynamics. Paying homage to the variant’s 50th Anniversary, the 911 RSR has prominent no. 50 and 911 emblems on the roof-top and at the rear below the large wing. The Porsche 911 RSR consists lightweight materials all around: the front and rear mudguards, front and rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches, rear wing, and the interior’s dashboard and center console. Additionally, the thin and light polycarbonate windows, plus the lithium-ion battery further reduce the weight of the car.
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 its predecessor. 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.
In comparison to the road-going 911, the RSR has a longer wheelbase by ten centimeters. In addition, a new wishbone front suspension which replaces the McPherson struts, lightweight racing gearbox with tip-tronic shifters on the steering, lower center of gravity and a 50/50 weight distribution make the endurance worthy 911 RSR a mighty challenger for the WEC championship.
The Porsche 911 RSR’s 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine, mated to a six-speed transmission, powers the Porsche 911 RSR up to 460 hp.
Porsche Team Manthey and WEC/Le Mans pilots
Team Manthey, the factory team, fields two Porsche 911 RSRs for its debut season in the WEC. The team’s pilots consist of Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz in car no.92 with Dumas joining the duo for the first two races and Le Mans; Bergmeister and Patrick Long in car no.91, with Bernhard in the line-up for the first two WEC rounds and the 24-hour Le Mans.