The Porsche 911 RSR hit the stage at the LA Auto Show 2016 yesterday morning. The Porsche 911 RSR is the biggest revolution in 911 motorsport history. The four-litre, flat-six unit is now positioned in front of the rear axle, as far forward as Porsche are able. The RSR is completely new with a new suspension, body structure, aerodynamic package and modified engine and transmission. We took a closer look.

The aerodynamic changes are centred around aerodynamic tweaks including a top-mounted rear wing and a deeper diffuser. Carbon fibre body components are quicker to change than ever before thanks to redesigned quick release fasteners and suspension components are easier to access for quick modifications to setup.

The biggest change is of course to the power plant. With its new mid-mounted positioning and improved weight distribution, it is a surprise that Porsche chose not to turbocharge the 911 RSR. A lot has been written about the relative advantage Porsche’s competitors and the balance of performance; the Ford GT and the Ferrari 488. Instead, Porsche have managed to stay true to their roots with a 510 hp, naturally aspirated setup.

The new Porsche 911 RSR will debut at the Daytona 24-hour race in January 2017. Daytona is part of a 19-outing run for the 911 RSR with more than 140 hours of racing worldwide. Porsche will campaign the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) as well as the American IMSA Weathertech Championship. The test cars have covered more than 35,000 test kilometres on racetracks in Europe and North America.

Porsche 911 RSR (2)

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