Anniversary Celebrations For Porsche In WEC

Porsche took the covers off their 2013 World Endurance Championship challenger (Photo Credit: Porsche AG)

Porsche have developed a new GT car for the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans, celebrating 50 years of the Porsche 911.

The new 911 RSR is characterised by sophisticated aerodynamics and a lightweight design, with the numbers 50 and 911 visible from above, honouring the half century for the marque.

The #92 911 RSR will be piloted by works Porsche drivers Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz, who shared a cockpit in the 2012 WEC season. The duo will be joined by Romain Dumas at the opening two rounds of the WEC at Silverstone and Spa, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The sister #91 car will be piloted by fellow works drivers Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long, with Timo Bernhard joining them at Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans.

The car, based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911, follows in the footsteps of its successful predecessor, the 911 GT3 RSR. As with the production version, the wheelbase has grown by ten centimetres. Porsche have also developed a new lightweight gearbox for the car, while the power comes from a 460hp, 4-litre six-cylinder boxer engine.

The new look of the 911 RSR is dominated by flared mudguards and deep cooling air intakes at the front. The body panels are made with a quick-change concept, allowing for easier maintenance and shorter repair times, for example, the front end, front lid and rear panel can all be replaced within seconds.