Porsche presented in full livery its new GT race car that will participate at the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours. The company also gave us a peek of its Le Mans Prototype entry in 2014 with the introduction of its "Mission 2014" web site. The new 911 RSR race car, which will come out in 2013, will be entered in the WEC LM-GTE class.
It features remarkable lightweight design and advanced aerodynamics. The outstanding vehicle styling pays homage to the 50 years of existence of the Porsche 911. The numbers 50 and 911 can be seen from a bird’s eye view.
Two Porsche 911 RSR race cars will be entered by the Porsche AG Team Manthey works team in the World Endurance Championship's 2013 season such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This car is not expected to join a North America series this year. The new 911 RSR is actually based on the seventh generation of the legendary 911 sports car.
It comes after the 911 GT3 RSR (type 997), its highly popular predecessor. Just like its production vehicle, the wheelbase has increased by around 10 cms. or four inches. Instead of McPherson struts, the vehicle has a new wishbone front suspension. Porsche Motorsport will also feature the incredibly lightweight racing gearbox.
The six gears are chosen with the use of paddles on the steering wheel. It is equipped with the 460 hp, 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine, which is carried over from the predecessor but has been optimized. Porsche has designed the new 911 RSR to be more evenly balanced in terms of weight.
Its center of gravity is also much lower than its predecessor. Its new design uses carbon fiber in a vital way. Its front and rear mudguards, front and rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches, rear wing, dashboard and center console are built using very light and sturdy material. In addition, all of its windows are made from very thin and light polycarbonate.
Making it even lighter is the use of the lithium-ion battery that’s used by the 911 GT3 road going models. The new 911 RSR’s look is focused on the flared mudguards and the deep cooling air intakes at the front. The radiator has new air ducting and is now positioned in the center and in the front and has become even more effective than in the former model.
The cockpit air conditioning has also become more efficient. The automaker has adjusted the quick-change concept of the body parts for endurance racing, leading to easier maintenance and faster repair times. There are quick release systems on the front end, front lid and rear panel so it only takes seconds to replace.