Porsche Sells Out Mid-Engined 911 RSRs for 2018

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All six of the mid-engined Porsche 911 RSRs made available to customers for next year have already been sold, according to Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, who said the demand for the new-for-2017 GTE car has been “unbelievable.”

As revealed by Sportscar365 last month, the German manufacturer will support customer teams alongside its continued factory efforts in the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year, as part of an increased focus on GT racing.

Walliser said all six of its allocated cars for 2018 have been sold, both to existing customers and new teams to Porsche, with each car listing for 991,000 Euros, plus taxes.

Proton Competition, which has revealed plans of returning to a two-car GTE-Am effort in the WEC next year, is believed to have purchased up to four of the cars, for use also in the ELMS.

“We have some natural customers,” Walliser said. “I will not confirm them, but it’s not too difficult to judge it.

“The demand is unbelievable. We’ve never seen something like that.”

While confirming all of the cars sold in the initial batch will be raced, Walliser indicated that at least one car has gone to an Asian customer, with none likely for the WeatherTech Championship.

Additional cars could be made available for 2019, based on customer demand and the shape of the GTE regulations, which is due for a refresh that year.

“This is something we’ve done for many, many years,” Walliser said of providing customer cars. “We did it with prototypes, the RS Spyder, and GT cars all the time.

“Having Porsches in the customer’s hands, I think that’s also part of the spirit of Le Mans. If you look at the number of entries, the customers are extremely important.

“What I’ve learned with our activities in Asia, there are so many people saying that their dream is to one day drive at Le Mans.

“We have to give them that opportunity. And I would like them to drive it in a Porsche.”

25 Comments

  1. GR88

    September 5, 2017 at 8:21 am

    A pity Porsche said their IMSA customer focus is GTD. That said will be good to see six customer RSR’s across WEC and ELMS.

    • Dan

      September 5, 2017 at 8:34 am

      There is no customer market for them in IMSA. Customer usually implies Pro AM and GTLM is for factory teams, not privateers. It’s no surprise. Makes more sense to sell GT3s stateside than GTEs.

      • Ron

        September 5, 2017 at 10:01 am

        Proton Competition is a Pro-Am team. If Porsche is supporting all of the team it really should not matter. They will have engineers and techs employed with the teams. And a Factory driver if they want. I bet Mike Shank would do it if he didn’t commit to having Acura another year. Do forget everyone’s favorite team from the ALMS Falken Tire was a customer team and a good one.

        • Dan

          September 5, 2017 at 11:06 am

          First no Am driven car will be competitive in GTLM with its full factory driver lineups. That was main point which you may have missed.
          Second Proton is a privateer outfit though they did run a car last year on behalf of porsche. That has been the only time they have run in the full PRO category since 2012 when they last had factory support.
          Third Falken was factory effort in the sense that the team was paid for by Falken. They were a works tire team. Same as FLM with their partnership with Toyo at Thunderhill.

        • Larry

          September 5, 2017 at 5:31 pm

          You can’t run the GTE spec car in GTD or GT3.

          If there had been a WT team asking for one to race in GTLM, it’s most likely they would have gotten one,.

    • Sol Shine

      September 5, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Not legal for GTD due to the fact that they don’t sell a road version of a mid-engined 911. You can move the engine in GTE/GTLM, but not in GTD. More Porsche BS and hokum anyway, just like GM, rather than invest in building a state of the art supercar for the road and race that they just butcher up what they have in stock and cry to the organizers for BOP breaks. Racing is becoming more and more of a sideshow with no relevance to the real world, and if it has no real world relevance what is the point?

      • Helmut

        September 5, 2017 at 10:35 am

        Seems there are enough fanboys to watch these cars racing…

      • Barber

        September 5, 2017 at 10:58 am

        Wasn’t the BMW Z4 GT3 allowed in GT3? A cat that had a totally different engine than the road going z4.

        • Slicks in the wet

          September 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm

          Not to mention super widebody fenders and a hard top.

      • Larry

        September 5, 2017 at 5:33 pm

        Got nothing to do with the mid-engine aspect.

        The car is built to GTE specs so it would not be legal for GTD or GT3 just like the previous GTE Porsche

        And Porsche DOES build a bunch of GT3 spec cars for teams worldwide so your comparison to GM is totally bogus.

      • Bob

        September 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

        Has become?? What relevance did the GT1 cars have to the real world Sol? Or GT2. It’s friggin racing! Hang street car similar looking body work on the frame, design the hell out of the car (within the rules) & drive the crap out of it! “Real world” If youre interested in that, watch the CTSCC. They have Camaros, Minis, Miatas and Altimas.

        & who said a GTE car was or wasnt compatible with GTD? GTD is all GT3 spec cars – period. GTE (pro & am) is GTLM and thats it.

        & Dan is right about private cars in GTLM. GTLM is all factory. Would be nice to see more cars in GTLM & done with private teams. But the competition is fierce. Just look at Bill Sweedler’s Alex Job run Ferrari from 2013. That team was GT-AM. But the american series doesnt have GT-AM. They’ve applied that concept to GTD. Although the driver ratings seem questionable!

  2. Tarek R

    September 5, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Not Porsche’s fault if their customer teams don’t want to compete in GTLM. Let’s be honest the class is for heavy factory backed squads.

    The only privateer there, Risi Competizione was forced to miss some rounds even with a works backing from Ferrari.

    Makes sense to see the new 911 RSR more in WEC’s GTE-Am and ELMS’ GTE so.

  3. Mo

    September 5, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I wonder if we will see 3 Porsche 911 RSRs at any of the NAEC races next year.

    • jason

      September 5, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      I am thinking that too because 1) LMP1 team is going away 2)GTE Pro team is going to have a lot less work to do in 2018 with just 4 races.

      Porsche has the resources to do it. Also no reason to get rid of the Pilet/Werner and Vanthoor/Bruni line ups. You can have a third car for Tandy/Bamber. Plus extra drivers like Lietz, Estre, Henzler, and Christensen available.

  4. Kyle

    September 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Welp… There goes my long shot hope of seeing a Flying Lizard/Toyo Tires Porsche in GTLM next season.

    • jimmy

      September 5, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      I know bummer, I just want to see a Flying Lizard GTLM Porsche competing again in IMSA

  5. cbbrit

    September 5, 2017 at 10:27 am

    WOW! 991,000 Euros, at today’s exchange rate, is $1,180,000 without taxes! Huge money! I wonder how this compares with a Ferrari 488 GTE?

    • Sol Shine

      September 5, 2017 at 10:36 am

      And that’s just the car. They’ll spend 4 times that on spares and expenses during the season. You need very deep pockets to get into this class of racing which is why GTLM had 9 cars at best this year. You might be able to run a P2 car cheaper.

      • Slicks in the wet

        September 5, 2017 at 8:12 pm

        Plus the costs when the GTE/GTLM pros drive right into you in some Porsche fratricide every other week.

    • Helmut

      September 5, 2017 at 10:41 am

      According to this site http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/archive/article/september-2016/120/ferrari-488-gt3-track-test , a Ferrari 488 GT3 costs €555,000 before taxes. The upgrade kit to GTE including a new engine costs around €130,000, the kit with the GT3 engine converted to GTE regulations costs about the half.

      • Slicks in the wet

        September 5, 2017 at 8:14 pm

        But you miss out on that German engineering..Lol..

  6. John

    September 5, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    So Proton got its wish? Ried was quoted as saying that he’d only buy four, or none at all. Sounded vaguely threatening, even from a good, loyal customer.

    With regard to the car, I thought it would have better results than it has gotten. Anyone care to try to explain why? Perhaps they’ll have a better handle on it next year.

    • Toni

      September 6, 2017 at 5:47 am

      I’ve read elsewhere that Ried bought three cars, but that one of the other three might also be run by Proton in the WEC.

    • Bob

      September 7, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      I agree. I was at VIR. The 2 Porsches ran basically last in class all day. Very strange to see. I thought the new mid-engine creation was supposed to be the next best thing.

  7. Angel S

    September 5, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Well you know what they say about opinions, but heres mine, first off the rsr handles like its on rails so there’s no issue in the handling dept. So the great equalizer is turbo charging without it toughs time ahead for Porsche. I guess moving the engine forward and turbo charging was to much to ask. Please correct for i am usually off by 100%.

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