2017 Porsche 911 RSR to debut at 2016 Los Angeles auto show

Porsche plans to introduce a significantly revised 911 RSR for the 2017 motorsport season, and we’ll see it for the first time on Wednesday at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show.

The RSR, the current version of which was introduced for the 2013 season, is Porsche’s top race car based on a production model, in this case the 911. Below it sit the 911 GT3 R, 911 GT3 Cup and Cayman GT4.

The RSR competes in premier endurance events such as the World Endurance Championship and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, competing in the respective GTE and GTLM classes.

The photos above show the 2017-spec RSR at the test track located at Porsche’s research center in Weissach, Germany. Further tests are planned at selected racetracks around the world, with a number of Porsche factory drivers, including some from the championship-winning LMP1 team, on hand to provide input for the development.

Teaser for 2017 Porsche 911 RSR race car debuting at 2016 Los Angeles auto show

Teaser for 2017 Porsche 911 RSR race car debuting at 2016 Los Angeles auto show

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We know there will be some visual tweaks to match the recently updated 911 road car. It’s hard to tell what mechanical changes will be taking place, though there are rumors the car may be hiding a mid-engine layout instead of the rear-engine setup typical of the 911.

That’s not all. Power in the current RSR comes from a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-6 engine, though for the 2017 car we might see turbochargers employed. These changes will bring the new RSR closer in line to rivals like the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] GT and Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] 488.

The new RSR’s first race will be the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season opener of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race is scheduled for next January.

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