[Video] The LM-GTE 2017 Porsche 911 RSR racer is… mid-engined image

There’s a threat that its new layout could one day trickle down into series production but at least we already know the situation is not that bad – because Porsche simply switched the position of the flat-six engine with the new six speed sequential, the latter sitting behind the former.

The Porsche 911 has always been that sports car with incredible skills (honed over the years, yes from the days of the “widowmaker”) that incredibly hogs the road like a lizard although it goes for the “everything back” layout. We hope those days aren’t over even as the new mid-engine layout comes into effect for the very interesting 911 RSR racer – which is said to compete in 19 races in the LM-GTE category in 2017, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Porsche said the engineers installed the 4.0-liter flat-six engine ahead of the rear axle to bring forth a larger rear aerodynamic diffuser. The new arrangement will also provide more balanced handling.

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But since this is a massive change, pretty much every bit and piece of this 911 has been completely redeveloped – complete with suspension, powertrain, and body. With a dry weight of 2,740 pounds (1,243 kilograms), the racer gets a naturally aspirated engine with around 510 horsepower (375 kilowatts) – mated to a six-speed sequential transmission with a locking rear differential.