When a car manufacturer produces a lightweight track version of one of their cars it usually involves removing a small amount of weight, adding a spoiler, maybe some vinyl graphics, occasionally the air conditioning is taken out and a bit more power is added. Then there is the Porsche way of making a car more track focused. Taking one of their 911 GT3’s, a machine already bred for the track and for many already the dream occasional track/road car, they then decide to go the extra mile and produce the GT3 RS. Being Porsche, going the extra mile means really going the extra mile.
Whereas the Porsche 911 GT3 is ultimately a road car created for occasional use on the track, the 911 GT3 RS is more of a track car made for occasional use on the road, and for those who are brave enough. The headlines are the usual affair, more power; 520bhp instead of 500, lighter weight (more on that in a minute), higher revving engine by 200rpm to a screaming 9200rpm, has an even bigger rear wing, is quicker round the Nurburgring and ultimately costs more for the privilege. Yet it’s the way that Porsche have managed to achieve all this on a car that was already blisteringly quick around a track that impresses the most. So how have they done that, with ultra-nerdy level engineering, that’s how.
Take the weight saving as an example. Just by reducing the pile in the carpets 5kg has been removed from the weight. The badge on the bonnet is a sticker, the windows are plastic instead of glass and the bonnet, boot and rear wing are all made from carbon fibre. Then there’s the magnesium roof. A body panel that is 30% lighter than an aluminium one sounds like a great saving, but the fact is that weight saving accounts to just 1.1kg in total. A car part that is produced in Malaysia, formed in Canada, shipped and then fitted in Germany all to save 1.1kg is next level commitment. The attention to detail continues to the parts you can’t even see; titanium con rods, a crankshaft made from the same super-high purity steel as their 919 Le Mans racing car, a titanium exhaust system and you can even specify a lightweight lithium-ion battery for it. All this weight saving adds up and adds to the performance gains over the GT3.
Then there’s the bodywork and aerodynamic improvements. The GT3 RS manages and manipulates the airflow to such an extent that the car has 80% of the downforce that the Cup racing car has. The slats on the front wheel arches vent pressure from the wheels meaning the front spoiler works more effectively. This in turn meant that a bigger rear wing could be fitted to even things up downforce-wise. It also uses the wider body from the Turbo to increase the track width and therefore grip and retains the air intakes to produce a ram-air effect for the engine, increasing the power further.
The Porsche engineers have produced a masterpiece.
Our 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS is finished in Lizard Green with black leather and green Alcantara interior. It comes with an extensive specification which includes Clubsport package consisting of a roll cage in Lizard green, Six-point racing harness supplied for driver and a fire extinguisher, Porsche ceramic composite brakes (PCCB), Front axle lifting system, Six-point racing harness for passenger seat, BOSE Surround sound system, Reversing camera, Light design package, Chrono package with preparation for Lap trigger, LED main headlights in black including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Wheels painted in satin black with rim edge painted in Lizard green and much more. The car has covered just 2000 miles and comes with the remainder of a Porsche manufacturer warranty until May 2021.
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