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.
This past weekend was the 54th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Plenty can happen in a 24 hour endurance race and quite a bit did happened. Many machines in the GT classes looked like they had the race well in hand when many fans headed to bed. However, by the morning most of these cars were either out of the race or well back in the pack.
The GTLM and GTD classes featured new race cars from Audi, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari and Ford. Some showed promise, but many suffered from accidents or mechanical failure.
Warning: the following contains spoilers and if you recorded the race you may want to read this at a later date.
In a rain soaked day of qualifying for the Rolex 24 at Daytona the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and 911 GT3 R set themselves up for a good 24 hour race this weekend. The 911 GT3 RSR qualified one-two in the GTLM class and the 911 GT3 R qualified first and third in the GTD category. For the R that isn’t a bad way to make your racing debut.
The famed race at Daytona marks the start of the IMSA SportsCar Championship season. In North American sports car racing it doesn’t get any bigger and the Rolex 24 for many motorsports fans starts the racing calendar. It leads nicely into the start of Formula 1, NASCAR and WEC, plus it hits on a weekend with no meaningful NFL games (let’s face it the Pro Bowl is now just a glorified pickup game).
Last year Porsche began a mission to add to their record 16 victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Standing in their way was Audi and this year they looked to get to the top of the mountain.
The two VW Group owned brands also had to deal with Toyota and Nissan, but they would never truly challenge the German marquees. Of course a 24 hour endurance race takes a fast car as well as some luck. Going into the competition the Porsche 919 Hybrid was the favorite after qualifying in first, second and third.
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