By   November 17, 2016

Porsche 911 RSR

Porsche 911 RSR

Porsche has pulled the covers off their new Porsche 911 RSR which will make its debut in January at the Daytona 24. Of all the modifications to the latest RSR, the biggest change is the location of the engine. Yes, the latest 911 racing machine features its flat-six power plant in the middle ahead of the rear axle instead of behind it.

Most Porsche enthusiasts will be quick to point out that this is not the first factory mid-engined 911. The legendary 911 GT1 had the same layout and it proved a successful competition machine. Porsche is hoping that the remodeled 911 RSR will have similar success in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) LM-GTE Class.

Porsche 911 RSR Rear End

Working within the LM-GTE regulations, the new RSR gets a 4.0-liter flat-six in the same family as the 911 GT3 R and GT3 Cup. The natural aspirated engine produces 510 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission that is shifted through the paddles located on the steering wheel.

Aerodynamics have also been improved and the 911 RSR should be very competitive this coming season. The biggest question that the race car raises, is if it signifies any changes to the road going 911. While we don’t foresee the 911 Carrera changing to a mid-engined sports car anytime soon, we could see it happening to the higher performance Porsche 911 GT3 and GT3 RS.

What do you think? Will there be road going mid-engined factory 911s? Scroll down to the comments and let us know your thoughts.

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  • Bob

    Don’t forget IMSA. The new RSR will race the full season of the WeatherTech Championship in the GTLM class. It’s starts at Daytona.

    • David Hurth

      Thanks for pointing that out.