Paris, France - Porsche AG has revealed the new RS Spyder at the Mondial de l'Automobile.
The new RS Spyder is built to conform to 2007 regulations for competing in 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car is based on the current car that is leading the points standings in ALMS P2.
The carbon fiber monocoque was designed in-house by Porsche at their headquarters in Stuttgart. The car will be powered by a 3.4-liter 90 degree V8 and will put power to the ground through a paddle shifted, six-speed sequential gear box. The new engine is said to produce 503hp, a 23hp gain over the previous power-plant. Cooling has been improved thanks to redesigned inlets and outlets for the side mounted radiators. The car weighs in at the class minimum of 1709lbs.
Porsche also spent time in the widn tunnel looking for performance. Redesigning the rear wing and spoiler section has netted better aerodynamics, while increasing the range of available set-ups for different tracks.
Porsche plans to sell the new race car as a customer version also. It is possible that we may see several teams campaigning this car at Le Mans, the ALMS and the Le Mans series.