In early 2016, Porsche began testing the Porsche 911 RSR at their Weissach testing center in anticipation of its 2017 release. The very workers who had had a hand in building the 911 RSR had been given the privilege of putting the new model through its paces. Porsche wanted to offer those who helped develop the car a chance to take it for a couple of laps.
The Porsche 911 RSR is scheduled to debut at the Daytona 24-hour race in January 2017, and prior to that, it will continue in a development program that accesses a number of racing circuits spanning the globe. Porsche considers the January 2017 deadline challenging but indicates they are on schedule to unleash the fully refined RSR at Daytona.
The RSR will also be eligible for the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, and it is expected to make a return to the GTE bracket of the World Endurance Championship in 2017 and compete at Nürburgring 24.
Porsche 911 RSR at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
Porsche gave the public its first taste of the 911 RSR at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The RSR is a racing version of Porsche’s iconic 911. It is expected that Porsche will offer some increase in the horsepower of the RSR over that currently delivered by the 464 bhp flat-six engine of the 911. The RSR will have a mid-engine placement to make it more competitive, as this new placement allows for better grip and balance.
Another noteworthy change is that the rear window has been removed to accommodate a new cooling system that uses the space to feed and extract air from the engine bay. The RSR is expected to be competitive with powerhouses like the Corvette C7.R, Ford GT, Ferrari 488 GTE, and BMW M6 GTLM.
Here is a quick peek at what it is billing as the “most spectacular nine-eleven ever.”
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