Porsche 9R3 "LMP 2000" (1999)
The creation of the full carbon-fibre Porsche 9R3 racing car started in 1998. A V10 engine was designed according to the Le Mans P1 regulations that allowed 5.5-litre maximum capacity for a normally aspirated gasoline engine.
At the time, Porsche was led by a financist Wendelin Wiedeking, who was not interested in car racing and in 1999 the Porsche 9R3 programme was halted and focus was set on the creation of the SUV to compete with Mercedes ML and BMW X5. The 5.5V10 engine from the 9R3 was a year later used for the prototype of the Carrera GT supercar. Porsche finally returned to LMP1 racing with the Porsche 919 hybrid in 2014. In the meantime, the Porsche 9R6 RS Spyder LMP2 car was created.
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