Even though it’s all tightly regulated under the GTE race car spec, Porsche really doesn’t like to show off the rear end of its mid-engine 911 RSR race car. Fortunately, all it took to get a good look today was driver Gianmaria Bruni running the No. 912 Porsche wide off one of Sebring’s curbs, ripping the rear…
Porsche’s attempt to end their Le Mans prototype program with a win like their sister-marque Audi did last year isn’t going so hot. The No. 1 Porsche 919 LMP1 collided with the No. 86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 in LM GTE Am, taking it out of the overall lead and handing it right away to the No. 8 Toyota right behind it.
The No. 88 Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR just became the first retirement from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Porsche was hit by the No. 26 G-Drive/TDS LMP2—a car that had started the race from pole position for LMP2 and that was already in trouble for making a slightly out-of-bounds entry into pit lane.
While it’s nowhere near as dramatic as the move last year to try to slow down the race-leading Ford GTs and Ferrari 488s, the 24 Hours of Le Mans once again is handing a last-minute tweak to try and figure out how to make a new car competitive. Only this year, the new Porsche 911 RSR was too slow.
This car went up in flames a few days after this photo was taken, but let’s not think about that. Let’s think about how hot it’ll look on your desktop instead.
The same model of brand-new Porsche 911 RSR race car that has run without major issues so far this year in the United States had a major engine failure at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Silverstone, belching flames out of the engine cover that replaces its back window.
Engine goes where? Racer caught Porsche’s mid-engine 911 RSR chassis out in the open at Sebring, with nothing installed. Yes, it’s that car that they’ve been bizarrely secretive about despite already racing it at the Rolex 24. Check out Racer’s pics here, if you’re curious about just where everything bolts in.
Porsche has been extremely guarded about what’s behind the black louvered panel that hides the new 911 RSR’s engine bay. Under that panel, Porsche made the best use of the 911's meager backseat space by stuffing in a 510-horsepower endurance racing flat-six engine to make the RSR they use for legendary races such as…
Perhaps my favorite quote of the weekend is from Porsche Vice President of Motorsport Frank-Steffen Walliser on the new Porsche 911 RSR. The engine is in between the axles now, but calling it “mid-engine” is just a step too far.
Porsche’s flagship 919 World Endurance Championship Le Mans prototype effort was left with three open seats to fill at the end of this season with the departure of Mark Webber, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb. Fortunately, they knew three prior 24 Hours of Le Mans winners who could fill those seats.
Porsche’s flagship sports car, the 911, has always been a rear-engined car, at least in roadgoing form. Always! However, when Porsche goes to race, they go to win. And let’s be honest about Porsche’s racing side: Porsche would call a duck a 911 if 911 Duck would win.
Porsche has been happy to announce that it has moved the engine in the 911 RSR race car from the rear to the middle of the car. Cool! But! Porsche was less keen to announce where the transmission went, but I found it hiding behind the engine as usual.
The Porsche 911 RSR isn’t just a race car. It’s the GT racer Porsche takes to the world’s most important sports car race: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s Porsche’s brand in a nutshell, now with a mid-mounted engine that’s a break from the flagship sports car’s trademark rear engine placement.
Porsche appears to be doing the unthinkable and moving the engine in the new Porsche 911 RSR race car from the rear to the middle of the car and even the sketch alone looks unholy-wonderful.
The Porsche 911 is possibly one of the most delightfully stubborn cars ever. Porsche has retained the 911's rear-engine layout since it evolved from the KdF-Wagens back in the 1930s. As much as I love an ass-engine, there are times when it may not be the best solution, and now even Porsche seems to agree, at least on…
Rule number one of endurance racing: keep turning laps, whatever you do. Unless you’re pretty sure whatever problem you’ve discovered is going to kill you or the car, stay out there as long as you can. Sometimes that means your bodywork keeps flapping in the wind until your team is ready for a quick fix.
Look, we’ve got it. Porsches are hot cars. Abu Dhabi? You’re probably used to the heat, too. You don’t have to spill fuel all over it and make the Porsche even hotter. It’s good. It’s really good.
The last thing you want to happen in a two-hour, 40-minute race is to be robbed of a good finish at the last minute. Sadly for the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R—the only full-season 911 left in the GT Daytona class—they ran out of fuel on the last lap from second place today.
The ending of Sunday’s WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Virginia International Raceway took a page from IMSA’s kissing cousins over at NASCAR. Contact during the race led to a post-race spat, with one angry driver seeking revenge on the cool-down lap.
Marc Lieb, why must we have this pointless Porsche-on-Porsche violence? Why? Why?