Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

New Porsche 911 RSR-19 Revealed At Goodwood

New Porsche 911 RSR-19 Revealed At Goodwood

This is the new Porsche 911 RSR race vehicle and before you turn off and think, "oh it's just a refinement of the same old 911 recipe", it's best to remember that when it comes to racing, Porsche is much more adventurous.

The new Porsche 911 RSR has made its debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The updated vehicle succeeds the 2018-19 WEC Championship-winning auto that also took the GTE Pro win at Le Mans a year ago, plus GTE Am titles in both the WEC Super Season, as well as bothLe Mans wins in the class in 2018 and 2019. During the testing period, engineers were truly able to fine tune the new 911 RSR to be the meanest machine it can be for the likes of the 24 Hours of Le Mans all the way to the 1,000 Miles of Sebring. This amount of power is sent to the rear wheels via a stiffer six-speed sequential racing transmission. Increased rigidity should improve shift times and overall powertrain efficiency. Visually, one of the biggest changes is the exhaust, with the outlets now exiting ahead of the rear wheels.

Additional improvements have been made in cockpit ergonomics and in safety, Porsche's collision warning system tweaked to even better detect approaching prototypes. "The engineers at Weissach have perfectly implemented this in every aspect".

"We never rest on our laurels", explains Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsport. Our engineers noticed room for improvement in a number of areas. With the model year 2019, the new ultimate GT race vehicle is bound to defend its title at the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The existing vehicle will race on in the WEC during the 2019/20 campaign in the GTE Am class before the new version is made available to customers the following season. The only things inherited from its predecessor are headlights, brake system, clutch, driver's seat, and parts of the suspension. Tests so far have run excellently.

The new 911 RSR will make its race debut in less than two months at Silverstone for the FIA WEC season opener. We covered more than 6,000 kilometres over 30 hours without any technical hiccups.

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