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    Porsche plans RS Spyder supercar...

    Porsche plans RS Spyder supercar...

    (19 May 2009)

    Porsche is in the midst of developing a new mid-engined supercar, likely to be called the Porsche Spyder RS, to fill the void left by the Carrera GT.

    Contrary to initial reports from a French car magazine, the new Spyder RS will provide the basis for an advanced new endurance racer, rather than using the current LMP2 RS Spyder racer as a base.

    The two-seat open top was originally conceived to go on sale in limited numbers in early 2012, but is now possibly delayed owning to Porsche’s rocky financial situation and a planned fusion with Volkswagen.

    The new Spyder RS will run a newly developed twin-turbocharged 3.4-litre V8 engine that, in its ultimate state of tune, is claimed to kick out in the region of 480bhp, with drive reaching the rear wheels via a ZF-developed seven-speed double-clutch gearbox.

    Using design and engineering ideas initially brought to the Carrera GT, the new Porsche supercar is based around a sturdy carbonfibre monocoque structure that uses a separate cradle for the engine and its ancillaries. But while the Carrera GT was conceived to be built in very limited numbers, its direct successor is likely to produced in larger numbers over a period of at least five years.

    Despite the heavy cloak of secrecy that surrounded the new supercar up until now, Autocar sources in Zuffenhausen indicate it is in fact quite well advanced; if not at prototype mule stage, then not far off.

    Further details remain scarce, but plans call for assembly to be carried out on a dedicated line at Porsche's Leipzig plant.

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    Man! What a total confusion.

    Let's start at the begining:

    The Porsche RS Spyder is the name given to the LMP2 car that Porsche built and raced from 2006 to 2008 (in Picture). It is a prototype racing car.

    There are rumors (very strong ones) that Porsche was(is) developing a LMP1 car to enter Le Mans for 2010/2011 season (also a prototype racing car ).

    In fact the only reason Penske (who ran the original LMP2 program for Porsche) are racing in Grand Am, is because they wanted to keep the team together, whilst Porsche develop the LMP1 car.

    I suspect that what has been seen is this car being tested.

    Also - The LMP1 rules for the 2011 season allow for a 3.4L NA engine. (turbo's are limited to 2L )

    Furthermore the LMP1 cars will be "limited" to about 520 BHP.

     

    Now - Why would Porsche build a mid-engined top of the range road car using a 3.4 Liter engine from the RS Spyder program and limit it to 480 BHP, when the the current 997GT2 already pushes out more than 500BHP?

    There seems to be much confusion here.

    I have little doubt that what is being seen is the prototype car being tested.

    Incidentally - If Porsche get taken over by VW, I bet that this project will be aborted!


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    There was a strong rumour that Porsche develops some sort of Carrera GT successor, mid-engined with aprox. 450-500 HP and...this is why the power doesn't really matter...a weight below 1200 kg. Even if the performance wouldn't be out of this world, it would still be a very fast and nice car.  


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    ...but there is also a strong rumor that said that that project was cancelled.

    My money is still on the LMP1 car.


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    I quote Spyderidol. I hope Porsche is developing a new lmp1 car and they need a new engine that could be used also in the next c gt. If I correctly remember, the 5.7 v10 engine of c gt has to be used in racing...then rules changed and so they developed the rs spyder


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    Andrea - the new LMP1 rules for 2011 are particularly favorable for Porsche as they allow fro a 3.4L V8 NA engine. As you know, the RS Spyder had just such an engine, so there will be no need to develop a new one.....unless Porsche opt to develop a new 2L Turbo for the rumored LMP1 (personally I don't think they will go with that option - too much money to invest)


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    Spyderidol:

     

     

    Andrea - the new LMP1 rules for 2011 are particularly favorable for Porsche as they allow fro a 3.4L V8 NA engine. As you know, the RS Spyder had just such an engine, so there will be no need to develop a new one.....unless Porsche opt to develop a new 2L Turbo for the rumored LMP1 (personally I don't think they will go with that option - too much money to invest)

    I was hoping for something completely new by Porsche, a new project that can create a big competitive advantage for years! However I'm also confident they can make a big development on current rs spyder engine


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    The rumor is that it will be a Hybrid.

    In ACO terms, that means that it will have a KERS system.

    Note: Under the ACO rules, KERS is only allowed to improve fuel efficiency and not increase power as with the FiA F1 Rules

     

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    Spyderidol:

     

     

    The rumor is that it will be a Hybrid.

    In ACO terms, that means that it will have a KERS system.

    Note: Under the ACO rules, KERS is only allowed to improve fuel efficiency and not increase power as with the FiA F1 Rules

     

    Hoping for a completely new LMP1



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