Porsche 911 RSR revised for 2019 – mid-engined GTE race automotive to defend WEC titles, debuts at Goodwood
Porsche is on the prime of its recreation on the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the intervening time, contemporary from securing a clear sweep of the producers’, drivers’ and groups’ titles in each GTE Professional and Am courses. However Zuffenhausen isn’t resting on its laurels, because it has wheeled out a brand new model of its 911 RSR on the Goodwood Pageant of Pace final weekend, in preparation for the 2019-2020 season.
Regardless of being arguably the quickest automotive on the grid this previous yr, the RSR – nonetheless primarily based on the 991 as an alternative of the brand new 992 – has just about been redeveloped from the bottom up. “Ninety-five p.c of the automotive is new. The one parts that we’ve saved unchanged from the predecessor are the headlights, brake system, clutch, driver’s seat and components of the suspension,” stated director of GT manufacturing unit motorsport Pascal Zurlinden.
All of it begins with the engine. Having moved the engine to the center in 2017 – to the shock and horror of the rear-engined devoted – Porsche has now enlarged the naturally-aspirated flat-six from four.zero litres to four,194 cc, making it the biggest motor ever fitted to a 911 from the manufacturing unit. It’s promised to ship even higher drivability over a wider rev vary, and relying on the dimensions of the restrictor, it makes round 515 hp.
The boxer engine is pared to a lighter and extra inflexible six-speed sequential gearbox that delivers quicker gearshifts and higher effectivity. The exhaust system has additionally been revised, now exiting forward of the rear wheels as an alternative of the again. The shorter ducting reduces weight and permits for the fitment of a bigger rear diffuser that delivers elevated downforce.
The redesigned exterior has additionally raised aerodynamic effectivity and stability, bettering the use and sturdiness of the tyres – an essential consider endurance racing. In the meantime, the inside has been tweaked for higher ergonomics in response to suggestions from the drivers, with an improved collision warning system that helps them spot passing prototype racers even earlier.
Porsche will subject two works automobiles for the approaching season, with final yr’s Le Mans winners Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre in addition to Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz manning the seats. One other two automobiles will compete within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with the brand new automotive getting into the 2020 season. As is customary, the RSR will then be provided to GTE Am groups for the 2020 to 2021 WEC season.
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