Porsche 991 GT3 RSR #91 – Spark

RSR #91
2015 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 RSR 
Pilots: R. Lietz, M. Christensen, J. Bergmeister 
Team: Porsche Team Manthey 
Race: 30th overall (4th in LMGTE-Pro class) at Le Mans in 2015 
Spark - S4229 (resin) 

Published 07/09/17

Introduced in 2013, the 991 RSR is basically the evolution of the 997 GT3 RSR 4.0. Since the rules did not permit a higher displacement, the engine had to be the same one that came in the 997 model. It was boxer-6 with 3996 cm³ with 24 valves that delivered up to 455 hp. With no room to improve the engine, the development work focused on the chassis, body, aerodynamics and the gearbox. For the later, Porsche used a lightweight unit. One of the priorities in the development was the more evenly balanced weight distribution, and the car also benefited from a lower center of gravity.

RSR #91
The livery is “clever” (looking from above), but it definitively is not ground-breaking

For the 24 Heures du Mans of 2015, the factory team entered two 991 RSR in the GTE-Pro class. There were also three other 991 RSR in the the GTE-Am class from private teams. But with just 58 minutes into the race, shocking news – the #92 car burst into flames on the Mulsanne. And some time later an Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing 991 also caught fire! It was the first time two Porsches went up in flames on the same Le Mans race. Flaming jokes aside, GT3 RSR #91 here (chassis #WP0ZZZ99ZFS199903) finished the race in 4th place in the class, without any scorch marks.

RSR #91
“Porsche Intelligent Performance”. I confess it took a while for me to see that on the GT3 RSR #91.

Another “regular Spark”, with great paint job and overly nice detail level. Though the race result wasn’t exactly hot, at least I could make a picture of it with a another less flammable porker. Being a GT3 RSR, since there are so many of them, it won’t probably be a must buy for most. So maybe this is only for the Porsche fan.

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