Classic rides. Classic race. Real Racing returns to Le Mans for its fourth year!
This is the first Porsche 911 to break with over half a century of design, and deliver a 4.0-liter flat-six sitting in front of the rear axle. Why the shift away from the previous engine layout and its traction advantage? Shifting the engine upwards vastly improves weight distribution, and it frees up space for that mighty diffuser you see jutting out of its rear. On top of beautiful stability and steering, the 2017 RSR should also see less disproportionate tyre wear. These changes might just be enough to bring Porsche and the 911 badge back to the top of LMGTE-PRO.
Imagine the sense of glee and superiority every European constructor felt in 1991 when they not only saw, but heard the Mazda 787B and its high-pitched whirring synonymous with rotaries. Now imagine those same Europeans' horror as that incomparable wail proceeded to beat them at the very sport they both launched and dominated for nearly a century. The Mazda 787B presented a truly unique competitor in its design. The 26B Wankel rotary engine, longitudinally mid-mounted, pushed a maximum output of 690 hp on race day via four rotors spinning in unison, matching the top speeds of over 200 mph its piston engine competitors kept hitting. The 1991 Mazda 787B remains the only non-piston engine car and the only Japanese constructor to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Named after its town of origin, Caterham are responsible for some of the purest driving experiences around, courtesy of the legendary Colin Chapman, and his mantra, “Simplify, then add lightness”. Based off of the Lotus Seven, which Caterham acquired from Chapman in 1973, the Seven 620R improves on its renowned sibling, the R500, with a 0-60mph time of 2.79 seconds, top speed of 155mph, and power-to-weight ratio of 568bhp-per-tonne. EVO Magazine gave the 620R its coveted track car of the year when it debuted in 2013. We'd tend to agree.
It had been seven years since a constructor other than Porsche had claimed pole position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
It had been even longer since Jaguar had won (31 years to be precise). Fueled by a herculean partnership between Tom Walkinshaw Racing and essentially the entirety of Jaguar, the XJR-9 felt like the perfect embodiment of this monumental investment and lust for victory. A gargantuan 6.5-liter V12 engine and a magnificently constructed cage capable of containing such a beast gave Jaguar the fighting chance to dethrone the Le Mans incumbents. When it finally did, the racecar had covered 5,332.97 kilometers over 24 hours. That distance wouldn't be outdone until 2010.
Chances are that if you searched through the winners of any international motorsport championship in the 1980s you'll find the Porsche 962 nestled comfortably in there. Partly - no, exactly - the reason why this is considered to one of the greatest racecars ever. What made the Porsche 962C so special, however, was the constructor's resilience and ability to adapt to recent rule changes and remain a dominant force worldwide. After the Porsche 956 was banned due to driver safety concerns, the 962 emerged longer, and redesigned to fit the driver behind the front axle center line. The '87 962 specifically housed a brand new twin-turbo, 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine, along with other various modifications by engineering luminary, Norbert Singer, eager to dominate its rivals. It did, leading Porsche to a historic 7-year winning streak at the 24 Hours of Le Man.
A fresh batch of Flashback Events are available for you to conquer in Real Racing 3. Remember, these special events are able to be started at any time during the update, however once begun, no other Flashback Event may be started until the active one is finished. For the Le Mans 2017 update, racers will be able to earn in-game the 2014 Ferrari F14T, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51, and the 1985 Lamborghini Countach.
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