Porsche has unveiled a special 911 Turbo, which will be the safety car for the Sports Car World Endurance Championship. With 540 horsepower on tap and a 0-62 mph time of only 3.0 seconds, the Porsche 911 Turbo safety car is ready for all the upcoming events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
To turn it into a safety car, Porsche added a few race-specific modifications, like racing seats with six-point harnesses, a monitor to display track signals, a special radio to contact the race director and a signal light system on the roof. The 911 Turbo safety car is powered by the 3.8L six-cylinder with the Sport Chrono Package.
The special Porsche 911 Turbo safety cars will be used for the FIA WEC until 2020. Porsche will supply two safety cars that will travel to all WEC rounds worldwide, plus an addition three will head to Le Mans. Another eleven will be provided as intervention vehicles.
“We’re delighted to have the chance to supply the safety cars and intervention vehicles for the Sports Car World Endurance Championship until 2020. 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 fulfill different functions in the WEC,” explains Alexander Stehlig, who is responsible for the safety car project on behalf of Porsche AG as the GT Motorsport program manager.