NEWS: Type 991 911 RSR Ready To Race
The stunning brand-new Typ3 991 911 RSR is usually ready to let rip in World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the Silverstone Six Hours, 13-14 April.
Powered by a 460 hp rear-mounted 4.0-litre flat-six engine, the 911 RSR is usually characterised by its lightweight design along with sophisticated aerodynamics – along that has a special livery to celebrate 50 years of the 911 .
along with the Porsche AG Team Manthey works team exclusively runs two 911 RSR race cars within the 2013 season – which includes the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours
This particular weekend, at the 6 Hours of Silverstone race in Northamptonshire, the brand-new Porsche 911 RSR ‘Type 991’ makes its competition debut within the entire world Endurance Championship (WEC). At the same time, the livery of This particular exceptional edition of the 911 honours a very special anniversary – 50 years of the Porsche 911.
Based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports coupe, the RSR follows within the footsteps of its successful predecessor, the 911 GT3 RSR (‘Type 997’). The brand-new race car exploits significant lightweight design technology along with sophisticated aerodynamics. As with the latest ‘Type 991’ 911 road car, the wheelbase is usually longer by 100mm. brand-new wishbone front suspension replaces the McPherson struts used previously. Another brand-new development via Porsche Motorsport is usually the particularly lightweight racing transmission, whose six gears are selected via paddles on the steering wheel. The rear-mounted, 460 hp, 4.0-litre six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine has been taken via the predecessor along with further optimised in detail.
One of the priorities within the development of the brand-new 911 RSR was more evenly balanced weight distribution. The centre of gravity is usually also significantly lower than of which of the prior style. Carbon fibre played a crucial role within the brand-new design. The front along with rear wheel housings, front along with rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches, rear wing, dashboard along with centre console are constructed via This particular very light along with strong material. Moreover, all windows are made of particularly thin along with light polycarbonate. Also contributing to the weight reduction is usually the lithium-ion battery, pioneered within the 911 GT3 along with RS road-going sports cars.
The appearance of the brand-new 911 RSR is usually dominated not just by its distinctive livery however also by the flared wheel arches along with the deep cooling air intakes at the front. With the brand-new air ducting, the radiator is usually today centrally-located within the nose along with more effective than of which of the previous style. At the same time, the cockpit air conditioning has become more efficient. The quick-change concept of the Centeng panels was especially adapted for endurance racing, allowing for easier maintenance along with shorter repair times. The front end, front lid along with rear panel are fitted with quick Discharge systems along with can be replaced within seconds.
The Porsche Drivers
Factory drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) along with Patrick Pilet (France) are at the wheel of the number 91 RSR within the GTE-Pro class. At Silverstone, Spa along with Le Mans, the duo is usually joined by Timo Bernhard (Germany).
Competing within the RSR with starting number 92 are Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) along with Richard Lietz (Austria), who already shared a cockpit together within the 2012 WEC. At the first two races of the season in Silverstone along with Spa (4 May), as well as at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (22 June), they receive support via their works driver colleague Romain Dumas (France).
Two customer teams tackle the GTE-Am class with last year’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (‘Type 997’). Driving the Proton Competition entry is usually Christian Ried (Germany) along with his Italian team-mates Paolo Ruberti along with Gianluca Roda, with an all-French line-up of Raymond Narac, Christophe Bourret along with Jean-Karl Vernay competing for IMSA Performance Matmut.
The six hour Silverstone race starts on Sunday, 14 April, at mid-day (13.00 hrs CET). Satellite TV channel Eurosport 2 will broadcast the start of the race live at 13.00 hours (30 minutes) along with returns to a live broadcast at 15.00 hours (30 minutes). The final hour is usually aired live via 18.00 hours on Eurosport 1. The race can be viewed live on the internet under www.fiawec.com.
Porsche Motorsport team comments ahead of the race
Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport: “The whole team is usually ready along with raring to tackle the first race with the 911 RSR. Our squad has worked extremely hard over the last months to make our brand-new car competitive right via the start.”
Joerg Bergmeister (# 91): “I’m looking forward to my premiere within the WEC – within the most beautiful along with spectacular 911 ever.”
Patrick Pilet (# 91): “To share the cockpit with such successful Porsche drivers like Joerg along with Timo is usually a great along with exciting challenge.”
Timo Bernhard (# 91): “I felt great at the tests within the 911 RSR. We have a not bad chance to win our class with This particular car.”
Marc Lieb (# 92): “The brand-new 911 RSR is usually a significant step forward. I trust of which the not bad test results can be confirmed at the first race.”
Richard Lietz (# 92): “We face very strong opposition via the works teams via Ferrari along with Aston Martin. In Silverstone we’ll see where we stand.”
Romain Dumas (# 92): “I’m looking forward to racing the brand-new 911 RSR with Marc along with Richard along with I’m confident of which we’ll make a not bad start into the season.”
Return to Le Mans: 2014
With 16 overall victories, Porsche is usually the most successful supplier received a in Le Mans history. In 2014, Porsche will return to the entire world-famous venue that has a works-run sports prototype race car within the top LMP1 category.
At the Porsche Motorsport headquarters in Weissach, near Stuttgart, Germany, preparations for the running of the brand-new LMP1 sports prototype within the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours along with the sports car World Endurance Championship are progressing at high revs.
To support This particular programme, the infrastructure at the Research & Development Centre has been considerably expanded that has a brand-new workshop building along with an office complex completed. The first roll-out of the brand-new LMP1 car is usually planned for mid-2013.