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    2011 24 H Lemans paddock rumors

    Did anyone get a chance to attend the 24 H Lemans? I wanted to know if there were any new rumors or news when Porsche could possibly return to Lemans in LMP1 and what their plans were for the GT3 RSR. I really do not want to see Audi take over the overall spot for victories.

    Re: 2011 24 H Lemans paddock rumors

     I did not attend the great race.  I will not do so until Porsche turn up with a overall winning car---or at very least a class winning GTE

    Apparently there was some sort of reference to Porsche returning in the near future with mid-engined models. - Apparently this was commented on the TV commentary. I did not hear it. (I was listing to Radio Le Mans and watching it on TV)

    There was no reference to the class (as far as I can tell)

    Personally I would be very surprised if Porsche turned up with a LMP1 next year.

    Furthermore, I really don't know what they are going to do for the 2012 season.

    Unless the ACO gives the 997 a substantial restrictor break, it will simply not be competitive enough to challenge for the lead (under normal conditions) against the 458's , Vette's and BMW's.

    Also - If the rumors are true about the991 GT3 having the MA1 engine, I cant see how Porsche is going to be able to race this (given the dry sump issue)

    I have also read that Porsche may consider a 8 cylinder engine for the 991 if  the demand is there. (I am skeptical about this - but I am just reporting what I have read).

    Anyway - Much of what happens next year will depend on the new set of rules that the ACO and now the FiA will conjure up for the WEC. The next 2 years may bring about substantial change.

    Re: 2011 24 H Lemans paddock rumors

    The next GT3 should be a Flat-8 with dry-sump (the 9A1 is modular and can accomodate 4, 6, or 8 cylinders and I think it could be modified for true dry-sump if needed, no?).


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    Re: 2011 24 H Lemans paddock rumors

     There are currently some interesting rumors being tweeted. If it turns out to be what I am hoping, I'll post it immediately on here.

    Re: 2011 24 H Lemans paddock rumors

    Thanks SpidSmiley

    Re: 2011 24 H Lemans paddock rumors


    Apparently there was some sort of reference to Porsche returning in the near future with mid-engined models. - Apparently this was commented on the TV commentary....

    Yep, that's correct Spyderidol -- the Eurosport commentary team were discussing the relative performance (i.e. relative lack of competitiveness) of the Porsche GT racers and indicated that this would be the last year they would see Porsche competing with a rear-engined car, as the future Porsche racers at Le Mans would be mid-engined...


    One other point to keep in mind, aside from the 918 Spyder and 918 RSR,  we have yet to see how Porsche will make use of the V8 motorsport engine from the RS Spyder...


    For example, Porsche Motorsport's naturally-aspirated high-revving V8 engine could appear in the 961 Coupe or 991 GT3 RS...



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