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The new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is ready to race. The top model of Porsche Motorsport’s customer racing vehicles will head into the 2012 season with extensive modifications. Particularly striking at first glance are the changes to the body: the width of the new GT3 RSR has grown by 48 millimetres. Built to conform to the A.C.O. “LM” GTE regulations, the 911 represents the crowning pinnacle of a range of successful customer sport race cars that are based on the 997 type 911 GT3 RS street sports car.
Powering the new 911 GT3 RSR is a particularly efficient six-cylinder boxer engine with a four-litre capacity. With a mandatory air-restrictor, it generates 460 hp (338 kW) and drives the 310 millimetre wide rear wheels. The diameter of the front wheels has increased by 30 mm to now measure 680 millimetres. The Porsche sequential six-speed gearbox is operated via paddle shifts on the steering wheel.
The nose and rear panels are adapted to the flared front and rear wheel arches, as are the door sill and the wheel arch coverings. The aerodynamic concept is complemented by a new ducting of the intake air. Openings in the rear side sections, as known from the turbo variants of the Porsche 911, replace the air scoop on the engine hood, which is very similar to the 911 GT2 RS street sports car.
The new 911 GT3 RSR can be raced at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans Series, the American Le Mans Series as well as the International GT Open and in other series and races.
Here is the amazing footage of Ricardo Teixeira’s huge airborne crash in the second race at Marrakech, Morocco, from the cockpit camera of Paul Rees. This was the FIA Formula Two Race on May 2, 2010.
The crash occured when Portugese-Angolan driver Ricardo Teixeira was trying to overtake driver Ivan Samarin. When Samarin blocked Teixeira and applied the brakes, Teixeira’s car touched the back end of Samarin’s, and Teixeira suddenly found himself launched airborn.
Teixeira said in a interview with Autosport magazine, “It was the first big crash I’ve ever had and it was very strange. I had a good exit and boosted, so I was catching a lot. I went to the middle and he moved to block, and then slowed. I just hit the back of his gearbox and went straight up. At first all I was thinking was angry at him, then I realised I was up in the air and turning – when I looked down and thought ‘I can see all the cars down there!’ Then I saw where I was going to land and just crossed my arms for the hit, but it wasn’t too bad.”
Both Teixeira and Samarind were fine after the crash, as were the other three drivers impacted by the crash.
Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Minami-Ooi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; President: Yuichi Sanada; henceforth “NISMO”) announced that NISMO just signed the official partnership agreements for the FIA GT1 World Championship with Sumo Power GT (UK) and Swiss Racing Team (CH).
Both teams will run two NISSAN GT-Rs respectively in the World Championship. NISMO will provide technical support to its new racing partners.
Other details including driver line-up will be announced at the later date.