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What's the Secret Behind the 2017 Porsche 911 RSR Racecar?

Nowadays, the Porsche 911 gets even more attention than it used to, which means that its motorsport incarnations now reach a much larger audience.
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The latest addition to the track-confined Neunelfer line-up is the 911 RSR. And while Porsche has partially revealed the machine that will race on both US and European soil next year, all we have is the set of images below.

So not only did Porsche keep the press info for itself but the company also doesn't want to show the posterior of the 2017 911 RSR. Hopefully, we won't have to wait until next year to see what this Porshe packs for the GTLM class of the United Sportscar Championship and the GTE class of the World Endurance Championship.

And we expect this Porsche to be a bag of surprises - notice how these images, which show the car at the company's development center in Weissach, Germany, only reveal the front end of the car.

Nevertheless, as with any 911, the most important changes will be found at the back. Since Porsche has moved the street car's engine close to the middle of the vehicle, a similar move is expected with the circuit animal, but this is an area where a few inches can make quite a big difference.

Then there's the engine itself - since the introduction of the 2017 RSR comes in the midst of the 991.2 revamp, the racecar might also go turbo. It's worth noting that the current 997-based RSR packs a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter boxer that works with a six-speed sequential gearbox, with the driver using a pair of paddles for shifting gears.

The 991-based 911 RSR will make its track debut at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will mark the start of next year's United Sportscar Championship in January.

P.S.: Given the kind of smiles displayed by the Porsche team in the gallery below, we can only expect a massive surprise here.

 

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