Porsche teases its 2017 911 RSR

Porsche will launch a significantly revised 911 RSR for the 2017 motorsport season.

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 new Cayman GT4.

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

Here we see the latest RSR at the test track located at Porsche’s research center in Weissach, Germany. Further tests are planned at selected racetracks around the world. A number of Porsche drivers were on hand to provide input for the development team.

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.

Power in the current RSR comes from a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-6 engine. The engine is paired with a lightweight sequential gearbox that utilizes paddle shifters on the steering wheel. A similar setup should feature in the updated car.

The car’s first race will be the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season opener of the 2017 United Sportscar Championship. The race is scheduled for next January.

Rivals to the RSR include race cars based on the Aston Martin Vantage, Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] GT and Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] 488 GTB.

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