Porsche's top-level 911 race car has gone mid-engine, but don't expect its street cars to follow suit. For the foreseeable future, the road-going 911 will retain its classic rear-engine layout, and all the unique characteristics that come with it.
We caught up with Porsche Motorsport boss Dr. Frank Walliser, who gave us the full story on the company's new RSR race car. While the RSR will share some key components with the next GT3 street car, the latter will keep its engine firmly behind the rear axle.
"We have no plans to [build a mid-engine 911 road car] at the moment," said Dr. Walliser. "As always, never say 'no,' but actually, no plans, no discussions on that. This is pure racing."
That of corse doesn't mean the new RSR and future 911 street cars will have nothing to do with each other, though. As we reported earlier, the next 911 GT3 and GT3 RS will use a similar engine as the RSR, and Dr. Walliser promises more components will make the transition from the circuit to the road.
"There is always an inspiration from the race cars, from details and from some solutions," added Dr. Walliser. "You will find details of [the RSR] in the next street cars, for sure."
For those worried about Porsche breaking tradition with the RSR, these are no doubt comforting words. The 911 will always be rear-engine, even if the race car heads in a different direction.