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Old 12-21-2013, 07:39 PM
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The new RSR did race at Bahrain. Based on the rules, a car is allowed one major update (EVO) and it needs to take place in the first year that the car is introduced. Most of the changes to the 991 RSR were aero. They wanted less drag (Le Mans) There were some updates to the Mezger (electronics) engine as well.

It's been stated numerous times by the head of Porsche Motorsport that Porsche is waiting for the the finalized ACO/FIA technical regulations before investing millions into a new engine design. I suspect you might see the 9A1 in Cup cars but not in top level ACO (Le Mans) endurance racing.
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Yeah, I doubt they would beta test the new motor in RSR especially when they have customers running the cars. Too much at stake. Do we have any confirmed cars running this motor in any form yet? It's not like it's the Mezger being bored out to 4.0..... This is a whole new motor, surely it would be tested before being put in an Cup let alone and RSR with customer sales.

That being said, I hope the new motor is race worthy.
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Old 12-24-2013, 06:17 PM
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Porsche Factory Drivers Named for 2014 Porsche North America 911 RSR Entries...
  • Patrick Long, Richard Lietz, Nick Tandy, Michael Christensen Named as Season-Long Tudor United Sportscar Championship Drivers for Porsche Factory GT Team
  • Patrick Pilet, Joerg Bergmeister to Join Core Autosport-Prepared 911 Racers for 2014 Rolex 24

The PORSCHE NORTH AMERICA team has entered two 2014-spec Porsche 911 RSR GT cars in the upcoming TUDOR United SportsCar Championship; here is the 20014-spec car as it ran in the last FIA-WEC race in Baharain last month.

(23 December 2013)

Porsche Factory Drivers Named for 2014 Porsche North America 911 RSR Entries

Stuttgart / Atlanta. Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) have announced the factory drivers who will compete for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the PORSCHE NORTH AMERICA CORE autosport-prepared Porsche 911 RSR GT-Le Mans class entries.

Car no. 911 will be driven by Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Richard Lietz (Austria), while car no. 912 will compete with Patrick Long (USA) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) at the helm, with two additional Porsche factory drivers ľ Patrick Pilet (France) and Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) - joining the teams for the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The no. 911 Tandy / Lietz / Pilet Porsche and the no. 912 Long / Christensen / Bergmeister entry will make their on-track debut at the ROAR Before the Rolex 24, January 3 ľ 5, 2014. The effort will utilize the new Porsche 911 RSR, the same as the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans LM GTE-Pro class-winning entries. The headquarters for the program will be at Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) in Santa Ana, Calif. CORE autosport, Rock Hill, South Carolina, will act as the competition partner for the program.

There is a wealth of endurance racing championship experience with this driver lineup, with Lietz scoring class wins at both the Rolex 24 (2012) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2010, 2013); and Patrick Long winning his class at the Rolex 24 (2009), 12 Hours of Sebring (2005), 24 Hours of Le Mans (2004, 2007), and Petit Le Mans (2005, 2006, 2007). Christensen, in his first year as a Porsche Junior in 2013, finished sixth in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series season standings with one event win in addition to the Rookie of the Year title. Tandy finished the 2013 American Le Mans Series with a flare by co-driving the Team Falken Tire Porsche to the GT class victory at Petit Le Mans. As for the Rolex 24 third driver additions, Bergmeister and Pilet are endurance veterans as well. Bergmeister has won the Rolex 24 (2002, 2003, 2009), 12 Hours of Sebring (2004, 2005, 2008), 24 Hours of Le Mans (2004), and Petit Le Mans 2003 ľ 2007). Pilet, a former Porsche Carrera Cup France champion, has a win at the 24 Hours of Dubai to his credit.

The 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona will take place January 25 ľ 26, 2014.

The 2014 Porsche 911 RSR

The new 911 RSR is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car and follows in the footsteps of its successful predecessor, the 911 GT3 RSR. The new 911 RSR featured a win in its very first 24 Hours of Le Mans appearance in 2013. As with the production vehicle, the wheelbase grew by about four inches. A new development from Porsche Motorsport is the lightweight racing gearbox with the six forward gears selectable via paddles on the steering wheel. The 470 hp, 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine was taken from the predecessor and optimized for 2014.

One of the development priorities of the new 911 RSR was finding a better weight distribution balance. The center of gravity is also significantly lower than that of its predecessor. Carbon fiber played a crucial role in the new design. The front and rear aero components, front and rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches, rear wing, dashboard and center console are constructed from the very light and strong material. Moreover, all windows are made of particularly thin and light polycarbonate. Also contributing to the weight reduction is the lithium-ion battery now available on many GT road-legal models.

The look of the new 911 RSR is dominated by the flared aero components and the deep cooling air intakes at the front. With a new air ducting, the radiator is now centrally-located in the front and even more effective than in the previous model.

At the same time, the cockpit air-conditioning became more efficient. The quick-change concept of the body parts was specially adapted for endurance racing, allowing for easier maintenance and shorter repair times. The front end, front lid and rear panel are fitted with quick release systems and can be replaced within seconds.

Low positioned static cornering lights provide improved vision and enhanced safety during the night. The reflective labeling and anti-glare lighting of the control elements in the cockpit help ensure optimal legibility in the dark. The arrangement of the switches on the new steering wheel and the pilot-oriented center console were designed in co-operation with the ten Porsche works drivers. All works drivers took part in the design of the 911 RSR contributing their vast experience in GT racing.

In order to keep the engineers in the pits up-to-date with all relevant vehicle data, the live telemetry transmits more than 200 different measurements straight to the pit wall stand via an antenna on the roof. Additionally, all data is stored on a memory card onboard the vehicle.

Porsche Factory Drivers Named for 2014 Porsche North America 911 RSR Entries -- Press Release

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Thanks for that post; seems to clarify the 9A1 speculation. I wonder what "optimized for 2014" refers to....
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Yeah, the Mezger motors on.
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Until porsche pulls its finger out of its *** and builds a new motorsport engine we are going to keep hearing about this nonsense. "optimized for 2014". Whatever. Unrestricted the engine puts out 600+ hP. If they are filling the press release with "the car has a memory card!" "the car has a lightweight battery that you can buy for the road car!"... a lucky win in LeMans does not make them competitive.
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This looks like an all out assault on Tudor. Porsche must have some confidence in the 991 to be competitive.
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^Totally agree. Seems putting those those two teams together, they want the Tudor championship pretty badly. And have the confidence to do so otherwise, they'd let their customers be the ones taking the reigns with Factory Support rather than an all out Factory assault! Go Porsche!
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