“We’re delighted to have the chance to supply the safety cars and intervention vehicles for the Sports Car World Endurance Championship until 2020,” said Alexander Stehlig, who is responsible for the safety car project on behalf of Porsche AG as the GT Motorsport programme manager. “As a sports car manufacturer, it was rather easy for us to find a suitable car. Basically, many of our production models fit the bill for this special task on the race circuit. Ultimately, however, we chose the Porsche 911 as the safety car. In total, 16 vehicles from different model lines will fulfil different functions in the WEC.”
The road going 911 Turbo is very well suited for the race track. The 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder engine generates 540 hp and can launch the car from 0-100 km/h in 3.0 seconds on the way to a top speed of 320 km/h.
The 911 Turbo generation’s close affiliation to motor racing is also highlighted by the way the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is operated: In manual mode, the shift lever is actuated like in a race car. Paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel are another standard feature. For its racetrack duties, the 911 Turbo is fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires on standard 20-inch rims.