- Original photo from StuttgartDNA

You Have All Forgotten About The Original Rear-Engine Porsche 911 RSR

Which is a shame, because the old RSR was an achiever in its own right

1y ago

The Porsche 911 RSR is a force to be reckoned with in the FIA GTE category, bagging wins at Le Mans, the World Endurance Championship and IMSA United Sportscar. It's also a mid-engine loophole-exploiting machine that hogged the spotlight. Deservedly so, but the MR RSR owes its existence, in a sense, to the trials and tribulations of the original rear-engine RSR.

Debuting in 2013, the original rear-engined RSR was homologated to the base 991 Carrera, as the GT3 car wasn't yet out at the time. By 2014 it made an impression, with factory-run cars winning the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring as well as Petit Le Mans in Road Atlanta with Team Falken Tire.

The car was even more successful in 2015: it won the IMSA GTLM title by clinching an overall win at Petit Le Mans, a feat that has qualifiers (it was stopped after eight hours due to torrential conditions) but is still impressive considering the 3rd-placer is a prototype and 2nd-place is occupied by another GTLM car (BMW's diminutive Z4 GTE).

Outside the US, the rear-engine RSR found modest results, clinching GTE-Pro honours in 2015, but it didn't snag the coveted Le Mans wins that would have ensured its place in most people's minds. But you'd think it was a bigger deal than it was if you played the only game that officially contains this car: Real Racing 3.

I'm serious: so far, this is the only racing game that contains all four iterations of the rear-engine RSR, which is a damn travesty in an environment that demands completionist ideals and roster depth. Not even a GTE-Am trim. That's how shunned this car is.

But that's why I made this post. Because you SHOULD remember this car. If nothing else, treat this as a history lesson about evolution: you should never forget where you came from.

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  • As a long time RR3 player like you, I remember the car very well. I considered completing the RSR collection but its a pricey endeavour.

      1 year ago