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Car porn: Porsche 918 RSR at the Detroit Auto Show

(I do have some relevant political and economic content queued up in my “to write about” bookmarks.  But that’ll have to wait.)

Holy shit, man:

So Porsche just unveiled this gorgeous monstrosity at the Detroit Auto Show, hinting at a hardcore factory effort in some category of motorsports.  Looking through the Jalopnik coverage indicates that this isn’t the full-race version — there’s too much crap and not enough cage in the cockpit, for one thing — but it does give one to wonder where exactly Porsche plans to campaign this sexy beast of a car.  Vital statistics include a 563hp 3.4l vee-8 derived from the RS Spyder, which along with the Williams flywheel hybrid system and a pair of 102hp motors at the front wheels yields a “combined” 767hp — probably not accounting for driveline losses and &c.

Where would you go to race something like that?  The aero is, um, not entirely up to LMP standards.  Porsche has a perfectly good GT2 contender in the 997, and it’s unlikely that they’d pull something that iconic in favour of a detuned version of the 918.  Maybe SRO/FIA GT1?  I could see these cars giving the Maserati MC12 some problems, and the category has long demonstrated a pragmatic willingness to allow crazy shit (see “Maserati MC12”, above) and balance it out with weight penalties and the like.  Perhaps a GT1 campaign aimed at gathering data for an LMP1 challenge at Le Mans in 2013?

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