Porsche 911 GT2 RS: A race car for the road

Porsche has a reputation for creating some of the world’s best handling cars; they have a distinguished history for unmatched speed, performance and handling. They are a wolf in sheep’s clothing, blending within the urban environment and pouncing at the push of the throttle. The best Porsche’s were always the 911, and their revolutionary design of having the engine in the rear makes for quite a unique selling point. The best 911s weren’t the Turbos, but the GT variants, the 911 GT2 and the 911 GT3 are road-going racers, but the hardcore, super-lightweight and super rare RS variants were the cherry on top of the cake. The best of all, in my opinion, was the 911 GT2 RS, a pure-blooded race car for the road, a car that touches your soul and makes you feel like a racing driver behind the wheel.

Looking around in the interior you immediately notice the race car vibes all around, the simplistic yet focused design of the interior ensures that precise focus is executed when going for that perfect racing line. Lightness is key, and as such there are no door handles but in fact straps that yourself and the passenger would have to pull to get out off. Down by the footwell you’ll find yourself a small fire extinguisher, which I hope none of their owners would ever need. If you opt for the Clubsport package, you get a half roll-cage, six-point harness and fixed bucket seats. Along with a telemetry clock in the middle of the car to record your lap times. However, unlike its racing car doppelgangers, the road-going GT2 RS has an interior which isn’t all without luxuries. An infotainment screen, instrument cluster and buttons are all found on the GT2 RS as you would find on standard Porsches. My only concern about the interior is the buttons, and you need fingers shaped like cocktail sticks to operate and push them overall though the interior is a beautiful place to sit in, it’s spacious and full of storage where you can place your luggage and flung it around when cornering.

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The exterior is what everyone will notice first, the prominent curves, the massive wing and the carbon fibre hood all screen speed, power and performance. More on that later, lightness and downforce are the key focus here with race optimised aerodynamics being implemented. The front aprons provide optimum cooling, front air outlet assists in providing airflow towards the central radiator, not to mention that all the vents are made out of titanium, along with race car-inspired front carbon slats on the fenders to provide ventilation and cooling for the brakes. Along with aerodynamics lightness also plays a key factor here, where the entire car is comprised of a mixture of lightweight composites such as carbon fibre fenders, side panels, wheel arches, vents, hood, mirrors and reinforced plastics and carbon for the interior. Along with aluminium, magnesium and titanium being used throughout the car and a titanium exhaust system.

With all the lightness you’d assume not much power would be needed, oh how very wrong you are, armed with a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six producing 700bhp and 553 lb-ft of torque—sent to the rear wheels via Porsche’s almighty and world tier PDK dual-clutch gearbox. In a car that weighs under 1,400kg, 0-62mph is achieved in under 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph. Making it the fastest Porsche 911 on the market and even faster than the 911 GT3 RS. With only 500 GT2 RS’ in the world, this is a rarity to behold. A little while back, I wrote about the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, and this is the GT2 RS’ chief rival. A David and Goliath match in the making, the GT2 RS lost its crown for being the fastest car around the Nurburgring, only by a smudge, I sense a head to head in the making finding out whom the true King of the Hill is.

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To sum up, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a complete animal of a machine. Super light and super powerful is a recipe for a masterpiece, with its key focus on aerodynamics and lightness. Handling will be pinpoint accurate, and it would be tough to find a competitor that would not just dare but even be able to keep up with it. Costing around £224,000 it is costly for a Porsche, but this, the GT2 RS is an investment in history and a car that is wanted by many but owned by the few.

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Sources:

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/porsche/911-gt2-rs/performance

https://www.porschenorthhouston.com/porsche-911-gt2-rs.html

Images:

https://www.caricos.com/cars/p/porsche/2018_porsche_911_gt2_rs/images/17.html

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