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Mark Webber Hustles the GT2 RS Clubsport Around Bathurst

In a world of clean-cut, politically correct sportsmen, Mark Webber is refreshingly honest, humorous, and occasionally a bit rude. Webber is candid and transparent in front of the camera, which makes his love for the Porsche marque all the more special; he’s never playing the insincere corporate spokesman.

With a two-day beard and an open-faced helmet, Webber hops into the fearsome GT2 RS Clubsport and threads the track toy around Mt. Panorama with the smooth style which made him such a success. As part of the Bathurst 12 Hour, Webber ran a series of demonstration laps in the GT2 RS Clubsport.

Webber posing against 1 of the 200 GT2 RS Clubsports.

Though he hadn’t driven the track since 1995, when he raced there in Formula Ford, Webber clearly got up to speed quickly and had no problems brushing the barriers coming over the hill. In fact, the speeds he reached down the Conrod Straight dwarfed whatever the Formula Ford could muster.

“The last time I drove at Bathurst was 24 years ago in the Formula Ford. Driving now on this wonderful circuit with this sports car was a sensational experience for me,” says the world endurance champion of 2015. “It’s incredible how much punch the engine has. Although I wasn’t driving at the maximum racing speed, I still reached 296 km/h at the end of the straight. Crazy!”

Even driving below the limit, Webber hit 183 miles an hour down the Conrod Straight.

Even after an illustrious career in the world’s fastest cars, the GT2 RS Clubsport still wows the gritty Aussie—a testament to the seriousness of the build. Webber may have retired from competition in 2016, but it’s clear that he’s not quite ready to give up on the thrill of driving some of the greatest cars in the world.

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Project Flatnose: The Secret Development of the Porsche 935

From the middle of 2017 until its release at Rennsport Reunion last September, the 935 project was a hush-hush affair. Nobody knew of the small-batch successor until its unveiling, and the team had to work quietly and quickly. Even other departments weren’t aware of the development of « Project Flatnose. »

The striking appearance of the car is the result of the vision of Grant Larson—the man responsible for gems like the 997 Carrera and the Carrera GT. The exterior design had to be designed in just four days, which meant one shot at making the car turn heads.

This project was special because of all the freedom we had. There wasn’t going to be any homologation, so both we and the engineers were free to design as we wished,” said Grant.

However, the upside to having to work at a feverish pace meant they had carte blanche where the visual design was concerned. By taking cues from the original Moby Dick, they established the foundation. The flatnose design, headlights mounted in the massive front intakes, and flowing Martini livery were clearly linked to the original. The rear took a modern twist with the elongated bodywork, the recessed taillights and tunnel-like shell mimicking the massive venturi tunnel underneath.

The rear end of the 935 is pure fighter jet.

« The engineers were onboard earlier than usual in the design process. We normally join the process in the wind tunnel stage at the latest, but with the new 935 we were already included at the design studio phase—it created a special group dynamic,” said Matthias Scholz.

Unshackled by restrictions, fueled by the success of the past, brought together by the unique conditions present, the team put together a truly unique thoroughbred. It seems the pressure and the urgency actually helped here. The team have turned out a stunning, and stunningly fast, Porsche.

Grant’s skilled hands sketching out the wild shape of the 935.

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Our Favorite Porsches For Sale This Week: Volume 129

We’ve been compiling some amazing Porsche models on eBay for a few years now, and we’ve seen some pretty astonishing examples pop up now and again. This week we’re going to try something different by integrating other auto sales outlets into our Porsche search. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our « curated » look at the Porsche market. Keep in mind, some of these Porsches could be great collection investments, while others might prove to do more financial harm than good.

INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PORSCHE FEATURED HERE?

Every other week, we feature 5 of our favorite Porsches for sale. That post is sent out to our mailing list of more than 17,000 Porsche owners and fans and is seen by 10s of thousands of other readers who visit our site directly. If you’re selling a Porsche on eBay and would like to see it featured here, just shoot us an email with the details and we’ll be back in touch. Otherwise, feel free to check out all the other eBay listings we have on our Porsches for sale pages.

1. Low Mile 1997 Porsche 993 C4S For Sale

To portray the importance of this car, simply look to the logo of the website in the upper left corner. This Forest Green metallic 993 C4S with Cashmere interior was the inspiration for the very beginning of this website. Before we were FlatSixes, we were Porsche Purist, and before that 993C4S.com. The speeding 993 C4S logo has been with us since the beginning, both as inspiration for the site, and one of the driving forces behind it. There is hardly a nicer example out there, and certainly none in such a rare shade with so many Porsche Exclusive options. Add this gorgeous machine to your collection, because it deserves to be cared for.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on Sloan Motor Cars.

2. Low Mile 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo For Sale

I recently purchased a 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo of my own, but it’s got far more miles than this one. This year car is a strange one-year combination of early and late 944 suspension bits, and thus some pieces are difficult to come by. That said, it’s a handling dream, and the later « oval dash » interior looks surprisingly modern. This one with a Guards Red exterior and Porsche Script seats is not likely to be inexpensive, but it’ll be worth every single penny.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on Bring A Trailer.

3. CHEAP 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 For Sale

There isn’t much to say about this 996 Carrera 2, except that the price is ludicrously inexpensive. It’s got nearly 200,000 miles on the odometer, the car is wrapped an interesting shade of copper, and the MY02 wheels have been painted black. Aside from that, it looks complete and the interior is clean. This is a Tiptronic model, so don’t expect it to be the most engaging thing ever, but at under 12 grand, you can’t really go wrong. It’s worth more than that in parts.

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

4. 8-Mile 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS For Sale

It isn’t very often you’re presented with the opportunity to unwrap a brand new Porsche, but this GT2 RS is still presented in as-delivered condition. It’s a Chalk GT2 RS Weissach with a red interior and carbon buckets. The sticker on this is $340,000, but the seller is asking a $90,000 premium for you to be the first official owner of this car. Is it worth that to you?

For more pictures, pricing and information, check out the full listing on eBay.

5. Low Mile Porsche 996 Turbo For Sale

The 996 Turbo remains one of my favorite Porsches, in large part because of the performance that it offers for such little money. These have seen prices wax and wane, but don’t expect this one to go for stupid cheap. A low mile black car with a 6-speed manual is a rarity, especially with a complete Aerokit intact. This might be the one to have. There’s no telling how high this Porsche will go on Bring A Trailer, but I would be surprised to see it crest $80,000. All things considered, it might be worth that.

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Rennsport titans: 991 GT2 RS vs 991.2 GT3 RS

Lambourn, Berkshire, UK. It’s a cloudy yet hot, muggy summer’s day, the mercury creeping into the high 20s by early afternoon. The countryside, booming with life after a soggy winter, is awash with vibrant greens and glorious yellows, vegetation clambering high for the sun above.

However, the most striking shade of green today doesn’t come courtesy of British shrubbery – in fact, it won’t be found in the fields of Berkshire at all. Instead you’ll have to look on the roads cutting through them, the vibrant Lizard green hue adorning those wide, aggressive hips of Porsche’s new
GT3 RS. The ‘Lizard’, as it has affectionately become known as by enthusiasts, storms along an undulating B-road, its low-slung nose glued to the asphalt at the front, its striking wing towering into the sky from behind. Following closely behind is another visually arresting 991: a Miami blue GT2 RS, no less, offering a hot pursuit as it too bobs along, its chassis stubbornly hugging the contours of this bumpy British back route.

Currently the hottest two products from Porsche’s famous GT line, seeing – and hearing – these two 911 Rennsports as they tear through the countryside is one of the most visually arresting sights anyone will have seen for a long time. Boasting gargantuan presence on the asphalt, their rarity (not to mention value) means it won’t be often you’ll see even one of these blue-chip 911s on the public road, let alone both at the same time, side by side.

These are two 991s married by their devotion to delivering the ultimate in modern Porsche performance in focused, lightweight packages, divorced spectacularly in exactly how that performance is administered. It’s 991 GT2 RS v 991.2 GT3 RS – and we’re the first to put these two titans to the test.

Delve a little deeper and you’ll notice the two cars have many similarities in their spec: the most obvious is simply outrageous aero on a super-wide Turbo body. Then there’s a PDK gearbox, an electronic differential and rear-axle steering, not to mention a comprehensive weight-saving program which includes thinner glass, a deployment of different materials and a removal of sound deadening.

But there are key differences too, beginning, of course, with their respective flat sixes. The 4.0-litre unit in the back of the GT3 RS has been carried over from the 991.2 GT3, albeit with revised breathing (in the form of modified intakes and a titanium exhaust) for an extra 20hp, its 520hp total an astonishing feat for a naturally aspirated, six-pot motor. That maximum output is realised at a heady 8,250rpm, though its redline is the headline snatcher, it being a mighty 9,000rpm. This is the first Rennsport to spin all the way up to a full nine grand after the 991.1 was pegged back to ‘just’ 8,600rpm.

The GT3 RS’s engine credentials are mighty, but its Miami blue brother takes things further still – to the tune of 700 maximum horsepower and a ludicrous 750Nm peak twist. The GT2 RS achieves this via alternative means to the atmospheric GT3, bolting bigger turbochargers to the 3.8-litre 9A1 engine found in the 991.2 Turbo S. A remap sees this blown Rennsport achieve what is unprecedented power and torque figures for any road-going 911, ever.

But how do these polarities in power delivery translate on the road? Or do their similarities justifiably pull them together? Most importantly of all, which of these 991 Rennsports offers the most thrilling drive? We had better find out.

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How A GT2 RS Makes The Goodwood Hillclimb Look Easy

Though running the 1.16-mile Goodwood hill might look simple from the sidelines, it’s a complex course full of nuances. Cambers, pockmarks, crowns, and debris make the task all the more challenging—especially when trying to deploy some 700 horsepower.

At Goodwood, Porsche showcased a whole series of highlights from 70 years of sports car development.

However, there are few drivers better suited to managing these real-world conditions in hardcore supercars than Mark Higgins, owner of the four-wheeled lap record at the Isle of Man. To sneak between haybales and stone walls at 160 miles an hour takes courage and conviction, but also requires circumspection, mechanical sympathy, and an appreciation of every surface detail of the course.

Those traits are what helped the Manxman attack the Goodwood hill with such confidence; strategically dropping a tire in the first right-hander, and braking into Molcombe, a pockmarked corner which has claimed more cars than any other bend at this hillclimb, at a mortifying 120 miles an hour. With the honesty and humility to back off in the daunting final corners, known as « Birdless Grove, » Higgins strings together a lap that few mortals could set—even without the colorful commentating.

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