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Porsche names drivers to compete in United SportsCar Championship

Friday, December 27, 2013

With the ROAR Before the Rolex 24 just a week away (Jan. 3-5), Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America have announced the six factory drivers who will race the 911 RSR in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: Nick Tandy (Great Britain), Richard Lietz (Austria), Patrick Long (USA) and Michael Christensen (Denmark). Patrick Pilet (France) and Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) will join them as additional drivers for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, to be held Jan. 25-26.

Car no. 911 gets Tandy and Lietz while car no. 912 will be piloted by Long and Christensen. For the Rolex 24, Pilet will drive no. 911 and Bergmeister will compete in no. 912. All of the drivers have competed successfully in past American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am and other race series, with Lietz, Long, and Bergmeister all having scored class wins at the Rolex 24. Christensen, who was in his first year as a Porsche Junior driver in 2013, finished sixth in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series last year with one race win. Tandy drove a 911 RSR to a class victory at Petit Le Mans last year with Team Falken Tire Porsche. Pilet has won the 24 Hours of Dubai.

2014 911 RSR

The 2014 911 RSR is based on the 991-generation 911 and but will be powered by the 997-generation’s naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat six making 470 horsepower. A new, lightweight six-speed sequential racing gearbox transfers that power to the rear wheels. The radiator has moved to front and center and offers better cooling with help from revised air ducting. At the same time, the rules-mandated in-cockpit air-conditioning system is more efficient.

Helping drivers to handle the power is improved weight distribution, which Porsche says was a main priority in the car’s development. A lower center of gravity (and lower weight) achieved in part by liberal use of carbon fiber components improves the cars balance and transitional handling. Parts made in the lightweight material include front and rear aero components; front hood and rear decklid; doors; underbody; wheel arches; rear spoiler; dashboard; and center console. Front-end body parts (including the hood) and the rear panel are equipped with quick-release latches and can be changed out in seconds. The windows are made of thin, lightweight polycarbonate. While Porsche road-car customers can’t order polycarbonate windows and carbon-fiber components, the lightweight lithium-ion battery used in the racecar comes right off the road-car options list.

The interior controls feature reflective labeling and anti-glare lighting, and all 10 factory drivers helped to arrange the switch layout on the new steering wheel and the center console, among other development duties.

Live telemetry transmits vehicle operation to the pits via the antenna on the roof. Additionally, the data is stored in an on-board memory card in case the live telemetry system malfunctions.

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