The new Porsche 911 Endurance Racing Edition
The new Porsche 911 Endurance Racing Edition unveiled at Le Mans
Le Mans.The motorsport spirit is part of every Porsche. Throughout the company’s history, motor racing has always been the driving force behind vehicle development.
Indeed, Porsche can claim more than 30,000 race victories in almost every motorsport series worldwide, and while many of these successes have been achieved with immensely powerful specialist race cars like the evocative 917 and 956, the iconic 911 sports coupe is the bedrock on which the peerless racing reputation of the Stuttgart marque has been built.
Similarly, the Le Mans circuit is a global icon of motorsport, and a venue where both cars and drivers are subjected to the ultimate test of endurance, the 24 Heures du Mans, a 3,344 mile flat-out race over a day and night.
The French circuit is also a special place for Porsche, with a record 17 wins in the race. It was appropriate therefore that Le Mans was the venue for the unveiling for the new Porsche 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition.
Designed and manufactured by Porsche Exclusive, a department of the factory dedicated to providing customers with special vehicles which fulfil their special wishes, the limited series 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition is a celebration of motorsport-inspired design and race track-oriented chassis dynamics combined with a high degree of personalisation.
The exterior livery is inspired by the Porsche Team race cars in the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The car is offered in three solid colours; White, Guards Red and Black. With the former, the decorative decal set on the sides is in Black. A grey tone is used on vehicles in Black to achieve a similar contrast, and emphasise and sporting contours of the 911. High-gloss black accents provide further sporting cues, to the wheels, mirror housings, LED headlights and badging on the rear of the car.
Inside, the Porsche Exclusive themes of individualism, passion for detail, craftsmanship and tradition emphasise the sporting ambience of the cabin. Highlights include carbon interior trim and illuminated door sill guards with ‘911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition’ motifs, red seat belts and the Porsche crest embossed on the head restraints. A ‘12 o’clock marking’ on the steering wheel in contrasting red leather and ‘Porsche Intelligent Performance’ embossed on the centre armrest further underline the motorsport tradition.
The athleticism of the 911 is further honed with Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) fitted as standard, in combination with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sports chassis with -20mm lowered ride height. The rear axle steering is shared with the GT3 and RS models, and heightens responsiveness in corners. And the Sport Chrono package – with Mode switch on the steering wheel – enables the driver to select chassis and engine settings according to preference.
Standard equipment includes:
- Sport Chrono package
- Sports exhaust system
- 20” Carrera S alloy wheels painted in high-gloss black
- Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) including PASM Sports Chassis (lowered -20mm)
- Rear axle steering
- LED headlights in black, including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus
- Decorative graphic decal set in Porsche Motorsport World Endurance Championship team 2016 design
- SportDesign exterior mirror, with upper part painted in high-gloss black
- Door sill guards and dashboard trim in carbon, each with personalised logo ‘911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition’
- Lid of centre-console storage box with personalised embossing ‘Porsche Intelligent Performance’
- Floor mats in carbon with leather edging in Guards Red
- GT sports steering wheel with ’12-o’clock’ marking in Guards Red
- Black leather interior
- Porsche Crest embossed on head restraints
- Carbon interior package
- Seat belts in Guards Red
- Black tachometer instrument dial
- Electric slide/tilt sunroof
- Park Assist front/rear
- Indoor Car Cover in bespoke 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition design
As is typical of the 911, at the rear of the Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition lies a 3.0-litre flat-six developing 420 hp (309 kW). The completely new engine generation with twin turbocharging in the 911 Carrera has raised power, efficiency and also intensified the emotional driving experience.
The new Porsche engines are characterised by significant torque, with maximum pull of 500 Nm in the Carrera S delivered constantly from 1,700 rpm up to 5,000 rpm, thus ensuring responsive performance. At the same time, with a maximum engine speed of 7,500 rpm the new engine clearly exceeds the top revs of conventional turbo engines – and, of course, is underscored by the typical sonorous Porsche flat-six engine sound, emphasised in this model by the standard sports exhaust system.
The 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition features a seven-speed manual transmission, with the Porsche-Doppelkupplung PDK double-clutch gearbox offered as an option. With PDK in combination with the standard Sport Chrono Package, the 0-62mph benchmark is covered in just 3.9 seconds. Top speed is 191 mph.
The Porsche 911 has always balanced performance and efficiency, sportiness and everyday usability, and the latest models further extend the span of these apparent contradictions. The 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition with PDK can return up to 36.7 mpg Combined. In terms of emissions, this translates to 174 g/km CO2.
The 911 demonstrates perfectly the Porsche philosophy of not only building sports cars in order to win races, but also to gain development know-how that can be incorporated into the evolution of its road cars. Successive generations of the rear-engined 911 have been honed on the race circuit since its debut in 1963, with customers benefitting from continuous improvements in key dynamic areas such as engine performance, braking and aerodynamics.