Skip advert
Advertisement

Porsche 911 RSR races at Le Mans

A Porsche factory team is back in world endurance racing and the Le Mans 24 hours with new 911 RSR racing car

Porsche will race at Le Mans this year for the first time since 1998 with its new 2013 911 RSR. It’s based on the company’s seventh-generation 911 model, the 991. The GT racer will be joined in 2014 by the company’s attempt to seal overall victory in the Prototype class. 

Advertisement - Article continues below

Two cars will be entered as a part of official factory outfit Team in the World Endurance Championship’s LM-GTE class. The number 50 will decorate both cars to celebrate the Porsche 911's 50th birthday

The RSR carries over an optimised version of the 4-litre flat-six engine used in the previous 997-generation 911 RSR, now producing 454bhp, up from 449bhp. Power will be channeled through a lightweight six-speed gearbox supplied by Porsche Motorsport and operated via steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters. 

Besides improvements to the powertrain, development focused on improving weight distribution and lowering the centre of gravity, while the wheelbase is nearly 100mm longer. One of #92 car’s drivers, Austrian Richard Lietz, has commented that the weight bias has shifted further towards the front, making the car more predictable especially over difficult undulating sections of track like that of Sebring. Lietz will be paired with German Marc Lieb, as they were when competing in the 2012 WEC.

Filling out the works team’s lineup are Joerg Bergmeister of Germany and Patrick Pilet of France who will drive the #91 sister car.

The first race on the 2013 WEC calendar is Silverstone on April 14, with the 2013 Le Mans 24 hours taking place on June 22 to 23.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Porsche 911 Carrera review
BMW M3 Competition v Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio v Porsche 911 Carrera
In-depth reviews

Porsche 911 Carrera review

The latest Porsche 911 is more complete than ever, but it takes time to discover its character
28 Apr 2023
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

BMW i4 eDrive35 review: does less equal more?
BMW i4 eDrive35 – front
Reviews

BMW i4 eDrive35 review: does less equal more?

BMW’s cheapest i4 gets a smaller battery, less power and a £50,755 price tag – is it a worthy alternative to a Polestar 2?
12 Apr 2024
Italy bans Alfa Romeo Milano name, so now it’s Alfa Romeo Junior
Alfa Romeo Junior/Milano
News

Italy bans Alfa Romeo Milano name, so now it’s Alfa Romeo Junior

Just a few days after the Milano's reveal, Alfa Romeo has been forced to change the car’s name entirely
15 Apr 2024
BMW M5 (F90) Fast Fleet test – 9 months with the 592bhp four-door
evo Fast Fleet BMW M5 F90
Long term tests

BMW M5 (F90) Fast Fleet test – 9 months with the 592bhp four-door

It may have been faster, more powerful and more complex that any M5 before, but the 592bhp F90 also managed to channel the spirit of some of its more …
12 Apr 2024