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Two Versions of Successful Porsche RS Spyder

Two Versions of Successful Porsche RS Spyder  
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Motorsport, Porsche
on 01/19/2008

Source: Porsche

The Porsche RS Spyder will be entering the 2008 motorsport season in two different versions: In the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) the sports prototypes in the LMP2-class must have a minimum weight of 800 kg. Last year the racing cars developed and built at Porsche's R&D Centre in Weissach weighed 775 kilos.


Tank capacity remains 90 litres, as before. The regulations require an even greater increase in the weight of the RS Spyder in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the races of the Le Mans Series (LMS), where the cars entered in the LMP2 category must weigh at least 825 kilograms. At the same time the weight limit for the LMP1 cars is being decreased by 25 kg to 900 kilos, with the tank capacity of the LMP2 cars being reduced by ten litres from the previous year to 80 litres.

"The LMP2 cars still have more than 200 bhp less power than the cars in the LMP1 class. In Europe the difference in weight between the two categories has been halved from 150 to now just 75 kilograms. The reduction in tank capacity means at least one additional stop for refuelling in a normal LMS race over a distance of 1,000 km. This will put RS Spyder customers in Europe far behind the LMP1 teams", states Porsche's Racing Director Hartmut Kristen. "In the ALMS our chances for an overall win in the 2008 season are also smaller due to the 25 kilos extra weight, but LMP2 cars will still be able on some tracks to make life difficult for the far more powerful LMP1 cars. So I am happy that IMSA in the USA, in determining the specifications for the LMP2 cars, has taken a decision for the fans and for our sport as a whole.“

Technical Specifications Porsche RS Spyder

A.C.O. Specifications for Le Mans Series and 24h Le Mans:
Engine: Eight-cylinder V-engine with 90° cylinder bank angle
Capacity: 3,397 cc
Engine output: 350 kW (476 hp) at 9,800 rpm
Max torque: 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) at 7,500 rpm
Weight: 825 kg (1,818 lb)
Tank capacity: 80-litre (17.5 lmp gal) safety tank

IMSA Specifications for American Le Mans Series:
Engine: Eight-cylinder V-engine with 90° cylinder bank angle
Capacity: 3,397 cc
Engine output: 350 kW (476 hp) at 9,800 rpm
Max torque: 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) at 7,500 rpm
Weight: 800 kg (1,818 lb)
Tank capacity: 90-litre (19.8 lmp gal) safety tank



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