A Mid-engined Porsche 911 For Racing?

The decision to shift the 4.0-litre six-cylinder motor of the new Porsche 911RSR racing car to a mid-engined configuration does not spell the beginning of the end for iconic rear-engined 911s, according to Porsche’s motorsportboss, Frank Walliser.

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New 911 RSR will compete in WEC and at Le Mans

The latest iteration of the 911 racer has been entirely rebuilt to fully exploit the Le Mans GTE regulations, with only the door handles carried over. Resiting the engine has enabled the addition of a rear diffuser.

GTE homologation rules dictate that the car must be closely based on a road version, but Walliser said moving the engine’s position was within the existing regulations, so Porsche would not have to produce a run of mid-engined 911 road cars to comply.

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