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    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

    4w ago

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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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    Comments (1)

    • 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 month ago

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