• Jan 4, 2011
2013 Porsche 918 RSR renderings – Click above for high-res image gallery

Some automakers are in it for the racing. Others make cars to preserve some sort of legacy. But most are in the business, like any other company, to make money. And Porsche is certainly no exception. But while its road car division rakes in the dough hand over fist, the German automaker has made a science out of making its racing division profitable.

How is that, you ask? Because unlike some of its rivals, Porsche first and foremost provides factory-built racing machines to privateer customers. That's how the 911 dominates GT racing grids around the world with such variants as the recently unveiled GT3 RSR. And if the latest reports from Germany are anything to go on, Porsche could be preparing a new racer at the rapidly approaching Detroit Auto Show.

Now we already knew that Porsche was planning something big for its return to the NAIAS after a four-year absence. And the signs seemed to point towards a new variant of the 918 Spyder concept we saw in Geneva last year. But the latest word from Auto Bild suggests that instead of a roadgoing production coupe version as some had suspected, Stuttgart will instead unveil a racing version of the new mid-engine flagship supercar in Cobo Hall.

The reports further suggest that the race-spec 918 will carry a more conventional V8 powertrain than the hybrid setup of the previous concept, and that the car will – like the rest of Porsche's aforementioned customer racing paddock – be available to privateer teams to purchase and campaign on the world's racing circuits. Sounds tempting – and profitable – and fortunately we won't have long to wait before we find out one way or another.

[Source: AutoBild via Motor Authority | Images: TeamSpeed]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      i wont be surprised if they do release... i mean like after the GTR 3 hybrid one (for got all their names now xD)
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG I just came in my pants
      I just love this car in any shape or form
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm wondering what class this car would race in. It seems like a perfect fit for GT1, but ACO and IMSA have abandoned that class, which leaves just the FIA GT1 championship. I doubt Porsche would replace their 911 racers, especially the GT3 RSR with the 918 for GT2 duty around the world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's what I was thinking too, but it doesn't seem very Porsche-like to build a halo racer for just one race, even if you include the various VLN rounds. I head someone refer to it as an LMP 918 somewhere, but I don't really see that either.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only place this can/will race would be the Nurburgring 24 unless they go without the hybrid powertrain. And I'm told no new mfrs are coming into the FIA GT1 World Championship next year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Important to remember that the works Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2 Racing Car) will no be competing in 2011 so there could be an opening there...
        • 4 Years Ago
        No possible way this could compete as an LMP in anything
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW! do like!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is awesome except for the fact that the Nurburgring 24 is pretty much the only place this could race. It wouldn't fit into any ACO/IMSA/FIA/SRO class.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The FIA changes its rules every month, and should figure out how to get this in. This is exactly what should be racing in GT1 alongside Zonda's, Mazeratti's, lambo's... etc etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The FIA GT1 World Championship could be a possibilty, I suppose. But that would ONLY work if it didn't have the hybrid engine setup, and I've been told, no new manufacturers are entering the series in 2011. So the Nring 24 is it's only option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hi Autoblog, I am the crater of the rendering you posted.

      As those renderings are quite old, I remade them a few weeks ago, and it looks 10X better now. I would appreciate it if the article was updated with the revised renderings.

      Thank you, and have a great day!

      Here are the new renderings:

      http://www.teamspeed.com/forums/gt/51849-rendered-porsche-918-rsr-ready-nuerburgring.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      AWESOME looking car!

      • 4 Years Ago
      I give up, what is a privateer customer? Is that like a hedge fund manager or something?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks Zmatt/JMF, though that's not nearly as exciting than I imagined. Yarr.
        • 4 Years Ago
        privateers are racing teams that are not factory backed. In professional racing you have two types of teams works teams that are either actually part of the constructor or endorsed by the constructor, and privateer teams that are private racing groups that are either funded by a benefactor or are a racing company.
        • 4 Years Ago
        but yes, most likely a privateer is also a hedge fund manager because they are the only people who can afford to race cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where do I steal...aaaa...buy one ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would prefer to know the specs of an OEM 918
      • 4 Years Ago
      woooooooooooo 3º street porsche I like ever :)
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