Porsche Isn’t Developing a 992-Generation 911 RSR


Porsche Isn’t Developing a 992-Generation 911 RSR

It’s an interesting time in the world of sports-car racing. The Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) era has begun, with the class set to expand in coming years, and the LMDh class will debut in 2023 with a number of automakers participating. It’s undoubtedly exciting, but it also coincides with the end of the radical GTE class of production-based cars. Porsche is working on an LMDh car with Canadian chassis supplier Multimatic, and it is soon set to take the place of a modern legend—the 911 RSR.

Of course, the LMDh car isn’t a direct replacement for the 911 RSR, but with this year being the end for GTE cars in the IMSA WeatherTech series, and the class set to be phased out of the World Endurance Championship after 2023, Porsche isn’t developing a new model. “There are only two years to go, so for us, it wouldn’t really make sense to develop a new car,” Thomas Laudenbach, the new head of Porsche Motorsport, said in a media roundtable.

In addition to the LMDh car, Porsche is developing a 992-based 911 GT3 R, which is set to debut some time next year. That car will be eligible to race in the many GT3 series that exist today, plus in IMSA’s new GTD Pro category and the GT3-based class that will replace GTE in WEC. Laudenbach also said that Porsche will offer LMDh cars to customer teams. “If you have a really professional, well-funded team, they’ll be happy to fight against the factory teams in LMDh,” he said. “And because of the rules, I think there’s a good chance for them to make our life difficult.”

For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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