The Porsche 911 RSR recently embarked on its first FIA WEC race. The manufacturer decided to allow 2 cars to join. Unfortunately one of the cars failed to finish the race due to engine trouble just past the halfway mark of the 6 hours race.
The Drive reported that the reason for the engine blowout was not determined. If not for the reputation it had already established, fans of the car would think that there is a big problem on the car. What was known is that Porsche used a new engine for this race.
The Porsche 911 RSR has a 510 HP, 4.0 Liter, water cooled 6 cylinder boxer engine for its power train. Mated with its engine is a Six-speed sequential constant-mesh gearbox for easy shifting. It has been designed for extreme conditions especially the racing conditions it is participating.
Porsche decision to go mid-engine has a lot benefits for the car. The more distributed weight of the engine will be more beneficial on tire wear. It's turning ability is more balance which is very beneficial in every twist and turns during a race. The car's ability to drive full speed during a race makes it in a better position with the new set-up.
In the same Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, one of the Porsche 911 RSR finished on the podium at the conclusion of the race. Twenty-seven cars started the race with four manufacturers represented. More than 50,000 fans were treated to the 171 endurance laps held at the Silverstone Circuit. Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) drove for the PORSCHE team. Finishing third at the end had strengthened the reputation of Porsche as a contender company in the racing industry.