911 GT3 RS

Le Supertest de la Porsche 911 GT3 RS (2018)

VIDEO. Découvrez le Supertest de la Porsche 911 GT3 RS au Mans.

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Porsche’s GT3 RS Is A Great Race Car Right Out Of The Box

Warning: Some profanity in the footage above

Regardless of how much experience a racing driver has, some cars are so sharp-edged they require a sometimes painful period of adjustment. Despite being quite handy behind the wheel of a supercharged S2000 and now an A90 Supra, former formula racer Jackie Ding initially struggles with the 991 GT3 RS at Toronto Motorsports Park. However, he’s a flexible driver who can tailor his style to suit whatever he’s in, and in this series of dramatic laps, we can see he quickly adapts to the demands of one of the sharper 911s around.

A justifiably tentative outlap shows us just how the GT3 RS will let go abruptly and continue to rotate. Cold Michelin Cup 2 tires and a little more pendulum effect at work nearly rotate Ding off the track within a few corners. Quick hands honed from years in formula cars keep him pointed the right way, but it’s an indication of the edgy nature of such a focused car. Ding’s aggressive style gets the car regularly out of shape, but he soon learns he can’t quite take liberties with it like he can with his Honda.

Unlike his S2000, the GT3 RS doesn’t like to be floated sideways through the middle of the corner as much, and he needs to tread carefully. As he describes it, « such a fine line to try and balance on. » A few corners later, he shows just how unforgiving the car is if hustled over the wrong curb (2:27), and soon he’s pointed in the wrong direction. You can’t accuse him of lacking chutzpah, though.

By attacking the curb at a shallower angle and softening his throttle input, he’s able to get the stiffly sprung GT3 RS to rotate perfectly within just a few laps.

After softening some of his inputs, using delicate maintenance throttle over the curbs, and catapulting out of the corner with a little less wheelspin, he whittles his time down to a scarcely believable 1:15.1. For reference, that’s four seconds faster than he could muster in his tuned S2000 wearing Advan A052 tires, which is lighter and arguably better suited to such a tight, technical track. Just take into consideration his lack of experience of the car, and the achievement is all the more impressive. Not only does this demonstrate the GT3 RS one of the most capable track toys around, but Ding’s ability to change his inputs in short time is just as impressive, if not more so.

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Une nouvelle technologie de pot d’échappement Akrapovič pour la Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Le spécialiste réputé de l’échappement, Akrapovič, dévoile une nouvelle génération d’échappement faisant appel à une nouvelle technologie exclusive : le composite à matrice céramique (CMC). Le premier produit commercialisé faisant appel à ce matériau est destiné à la Porsche 911 GT3 RS (type 991.2) : un diffuseur arrière en fibre de carbone avec un pot …

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Special Report – Living With A Porsche GT3 RS

The nomenclature ‘GT3 RS’ is like few others – the mix of a number and four letters holds power and reputation like no other in the game. From generation to generation, every 911 iteration to be adorned with GT3 RS lightweight stickers has appreciated in value and has enthusiasts and collectors paying ludicrous premiums to […]

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Is Rain the Great Equalizer? GT3 RS Hunts GT2 RS At Spa-Francorchamps

They say rain is the great equalizer. Well, the two fastest of the latest GT lineup put that old chestnut to the test on a sodden Spa-Francorchamps, where turbo power shouldn’t offer much of an advantage. Does it?

Interestingly, the turbocharged grunt of the GT2 RS seems more useful at slower speeds.

Getting passed on the inside of La Source (0:10), we can see what the GT2 RS’ additional 180 horsepower can reap if the road is straight. However, the man in the GT3 RS is quite handy, and seems to roll more mid-corner speed and avoid running off-line in the tricky conditions.

After the force-fed car ahead misses the braking point for Bruxelles (1:09), the GT3 RS is back in contention again. Through Pouhon, one of the most challenging corners on the track, the GT3 RS claws back some distance. Either the normally aspirated motor is that much more tractable, or the man ahead isn’t as comfortable at high speeds. In any event, we know the GT2 RS isn’t as friendly when the limit is surpassed, and having run off-line a few corners prior, he’s likely driving cautiously.

Interestingly, the GT2 RS has a slight advantage in some of the slower corners—the 516 lb-ft from 1,900 rpm helps. It just goes to show that, even on a fast track, additional power is only good if it’s exploitable.

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