The next Porsche 911 RSR race car could be drastically different than what we’re accustomed to.
SportsCar365 reports that Porsche is already developing its next-generation GTE race car that is set to debut in 2017.
It appears that Porsche is moving the engine forward in the car for better weight balance and that the German automaker has proposed the mid-rear engine concept to the FIA, which means it could require technical waivers since the layout differs from the production road car.
Head of Porsche Motorsport, Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, confirmed that a bespoke mid-engined Porsche GTE car was in development for 2016, but Porsche decided to remain with a 911-based model instead.
On-track testing for the new race car is set to begin in mid-2016 and Walliser remained quiet on what will power it. Porsche has been slowly moving its 911 engines more forward, but since the new race car needs technical waivers, it hints that the setup will be closer to being mid-engined than rear-engined.
“You always have to discuss your concept with the FIA and get the feedback from them to see if it fits,” Walliser said. “New ideas and innovative ideas and get feedback if it can be homologated or not. This is the process.”
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