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Porsche officially retires 911 RSR

Porsche has officially retired the current incarnation of the 911 RSR. After three seasons, thirteen wins, 34 podium finishes and titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, along with victories at Le Mans and Sebring, the RSR will go down in motorsports history as one of the most successful Porsche race cars of all time.

In 2019, in IMSA competition, the RSR scored six GTLM class wins, including a record string of five in a row. Included in those wins were the endurance races at Sebring and Watkins Glen, as well as the sprint races at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Virginia International Raceway, Mid-Ohio and the streets of Long Beach, California.

Earlier in the season, Total 911 sat down with Earl Bamber to discuss the championship and the Porsche 911 RSR. “One advantage is that we have a flat six engine, which is better for weight distribution. Our car was designed to run to the limit of the rules. We all have idiosyncrasies, as we are a short wheelbase car which is better on a tight circuit whereas BMW is a long wheelbase car, which is better on a track with high speed corners, like Road America. Our car is well suited for the variety of tracks we run on in IMSA. You can’t be good everywhere. That’s why we do a championship, right?”

The Porsche 911 RSR proved to be the right tool for the job, both in the IMSA and in the FIA-WEC, where Porsche also won the drivers’ and manufacturers’ world championships.

Laurens Vanthoor, who shared driving duties with Earl Bamber all season in the #912 and won the drivers’ title with Earl, summed up his feelings at Petit Le Mans. “I came to Porsche three years ago. I finally got the chance to drive in the USA. It’s something I’ve always wanted. The IMSA series was completely new territory for me. I had to get used to the racetracks, the processes and the car. Now I’ve won the title with my friend Earl. For me personally, a dream has come true.”

Even though the #912 car and driving duo of Bamber and Vanthoor won the championship, the contributions of the #911 car and drivers should not be overlooked. Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet, the season long drivers of the #911, finished second in the championship, just a few points behind.

During the season, the #911 squad took wins at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Virginia International Raceway. The overall performance of the Porsche team was outstanding, as they defeated strong manufacturer efforts from Ford, Chevrolet, BMW and Ferrari to secure the IMSA GTLM championships.

Perhaps Frédéric Makowiecki, the third driver on the #911 car at Motul Petit Le Mans, summed it up the best. “It was a perfect season for Porsche. If you take home all the titles in the enormously competitive GTLM class, then it’s proof of perfect teamwork, strong performances in the cockpit and an extremely competitive car. The Porsche 911 RSR has enabled us to secure many victories. The new 911 RSR has some big shoes to fill next season.”

Total 911 awaits the start of the 2020 season at Daytona in January and the debut of the next generation of the venerable Porsche 911 RSR.

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The Porsche 911 RSR success story: Three years full of wins and titles

Thirteen wins, 34 podium finishes, titles in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series as well as victories from the great classics at Le Mans, Sebring and Road Atlanta – this is the impressive résumé of the Porsche 911 RSR (2017) after its 50th and final factory campaign.

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Une Porsche 911 RSR au design Coca-Cola au Petit Le Mans 2019

A l’occasion de la dernière manche du championnat IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar – le Petit Le Mans – le 12 octobre 2019 à Road Atlanta (États-Unis) et afin de célébrer les 50 ans de l’IMSA, Porsche engage une Porsche 911 RSR d’usine avec une livrée Coca-Cola. Une livrée spéciale Coca-Cola Pour les 10 heures du …

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Une nouvelle livrée hommage pour les Porsche 911 RSR en finale de l’IMSA

Après avoir porté haut les couleurs de “Pink Pig”, jusqu’à la victoire en GTE Pro aux 24 Heures du Mans 2018, redonné vie au Brumos Racing via les bandes rouges et bleues caractéristiques de l’écurie américaine ou encore ressuscité la déco Mobil 1 des 911 GT1 de la fin des années 1990, la Porsche 911 RSR ajoute une nouvelle parure historique à sa panoplie.

 
Porsche 911 RSR Mobil 1

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Célébrant à sa manière les 50 ans de l’IMSA, le coupé de Weissach arborera cette fois une livrée Coca-Cola lors de la finale 2019 du WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. Des lettres blanches sur fond rouge qui évoquent celles dont étaient recouvertes les voitures du Bob Akin Motor Racing dans les années 1980.

Après l’impressionnante 935, notamment détentrice d’un podium aux 24 Heures de Daytona en 1982, la 962 ainsi bariolée aura particulièrement marqué les esprits avec une victoire au 12 Heures de Sebring en 1986. Le patron d’écurie-pilote Bob Akin était alors accompagné de Hans-Joachim Stuck et Jo Gartner.

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Porsche’s Coca Cola Classic Liveries Return Petit Le Mans

While not as iconic as the Gulf-liveried 917, the Coca-Cola cars from the 1980s tug at the heartstrings of the dedicated Porschephile. As a part At this year’s final round of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship at Road America, Porsche’s works 911 RSRs will wear that classic red and white livery made famous though IMSA GTP roughly thirty years ago. Coca-Cola’s headquarters are located in Atlanta, as are Porsche North America, so bringing back some of motorsport history for Petit Le Mans.

“The anniversary season for IMSA comes to an end with a big highlight. It’s fantastic that two such strong brands like Porsche and Coca Cola are working together. We definitely want to continue our shared success story that began in the 1980s. It would be a dream come true if we could secure the title with a top result – especially considering that it will be the last race outing for this version of the Porsche 911 RSR in the IMSA series,” says Pascal Zurlinden, Porsche’s Director of Factory Motorsports.

In the early eighties, Bob Akin’s red and white 935 was a regular front-runner with multiple podiums. Though never winning a race, their consistency was enough to win the IMSA GTP class in 1983. The following year, the same team returned with a 962 decked out in that iconic livery.

The Bob Akin Porsche on its way to victory at the 1986 12 Hours of Sebring.

After so many attempts in the fiercely contested category, Akin finally enjoyed victory in one of his Coke-liveried cars in 1986. Along with Hans Stuck Jr. and Jo Gartner, Akin secured the win 1986’s 12 Hours of Sebring. However, the brilliant red scheme was associated with success long before Akin stood on the top step of the podium.

As this year’s Petit Le Mans is the last race the current iteration of the Porsche 911 RSR is participating in, there’s a fair amount of pressure to do well. With Porsche’s factory team entering the Porsche tackles the season finale as the leader of the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications, it would be a special sendoff if their Coke-liveried RSR, covered in confetti, clinches the win.

The stylish livery looks refreshingly simplistic.

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