New 2007 Porsche RS Spyder Debuts In Paris Too
Peugeot was not the only factory showing off its 2007 sportscar
challenger today (Thursday 28 September).
A new for 2007,
evolution version, of the Porsche RS Spyder was unveiled in Paris
too, marking clear intent that the Porsche factory is still very
much intending the LMP2 car to find customers on both sides of the
To truly see all of the differences between the
current cars run by Penske and the new car you’d need to examine
the two side by side, but the overall effect is of a sleeker, less
Porsche’s intention is to “limit the
cost of racing the car with a view to future entry of the RS Spyder
The company suggests that it has “enhanced
the aerodynamic efficiency of the car, but also improved the range
of set-up options for different kinds of racetracks”.
The carbon-fibre body has been “modified for
an even higher standard of ease and convenience for service and
The 3.4 liter, 90 degree V8 in the revised car will
produce a claimed 503 bhp, an increase of 23 bhp. The complete car
will weight “exactly 775 kg”.
Porsche has “upgraded the gearbox with the
primary objective to make the gearshift even more reliable, smoother
and less demanding on all the components involved, and at the same
time even more precise”.
Romain Dumas, racing the 2006 car at Road Atlanta
this week, is hoping that “the new car will be quicker than
this one. The target will be to go quicker and to be closer to the
of LMP2 competition hotting up in 2007.
So a faster,
developed version of the 2006 RS Spyder - and a more customer-friendly
RS Spyder (2007)
Two-seater, open sports prototype according to A.C.O. Regulations;
LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2) class.
racing in the ALMS, LMS, further championships and long-distance
reinforced monocoque; front, side and rear body sections made of
reinforced carbon/kevlar; underfloor cover with skid block (A.C.O.)
and rear diffuser; rear wing adjustable on two wing elements; six-point
seat belt with Head And Neck Support System (HANS) modification;
fire extinguishing system; helmet protection to FIA and A.C.O. Regulations;
three-point pneumatic car jack.
Variable as a function of rear wing and body height
Eight-cylinder V-engine with 90-degree cylinder bank angle; watercooled;
four valves per cylinder; oil cooling with oil/water heat exchanger;
intake system with a 44 mm (1.73") restrictor for ALMS Regulations;
intake system with individual throttle butterflies; dry sump lubrication
with separate oil tank; Bosch MS 4.2
electronic engine management; sequential multipoint fuel injection.
Capacity: 3397 cc
Engine output: Approx 370 kW (503 bhp) at 10300
Max torque: Approx 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) at 7500 rpm
Output per litre: Approx 109 kW (148 bhp)
Fuel grade: Premium plus (motorsport specification)
Motec display with data memory; 12 V, 26 Ah battery;
140 Ah alternator
Engine and gearbox bolted together to form one drive unit; power
conveyed by double drive shafts to the rear wheels. Manual sequential
six-speed gearbox, in-line gearshift; gears shifted electropneumatically
by way of paddles on the steering wheel; oil/water heat exchanger;
ZF Sachs three-plate
carbon-fibre racing clutch; mechanical limited-slip differential;
Front axle: double wishbone track control arm configuration; ZF
Sachs four-way gas-pressure dampers, pushrod operation; torsion
springs; adjustable anti-roll bar in bending-leaf design; hydraulic
power steering with mechanical pump.
Rear axle: double
wishbone track control arm configuration; ZF Sachs four-way gas-pressure
dampers, pushrod operation; torsion springs; adjustable anti-roll
bar. Overall suspension infinitely adjustable for height, camber,
brake system with front/rear split and balance bar control; no ABS;
six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed callipers at the front; cross-drilled,
inner-vented carbon brake discs measuring 380 mm (14.96") in
diameter at the front and 355 mm (13.98") at the rear.
Wheels and tires:
Single-piece light-alloy wheels with central bolts front 12.5 x
18 on 29/65 18 Michelin slicks
rear 13 x 18 on 31/71 18 Michelin slicks
kg (1709 lb) to A.C.O. Regulations
ratio: 2.1 kg/kW (1.5 kg/bhp)
Length 4650 mm (183.1")
Width 2000 mm (78.7")
Height 1068 mm (42.0")
90-litre (19.8 Imp gal) safety tank with rapid tank filling