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Barks of the 996 GT3 RSR Bounce Off Monza’s Trees

Though not the fastest car through Parabolica, the 996 RSR’s baritone bellow is very entertaining.

The signature bark of the 996 GT3 RSR is unmistakable to the sonically sensitive Porschephile. They recognize the dry blat-blat-blat of the 3.6-liter under deceleration and heel-toe and from years ago when they heard those same sounds bounce off the walls at places like Sebring and Daytona. The rasp, the throatiness, and the absence of gearbox noise help it stand out as a distinct piece of music in the Porsche anthology.

The varied soundtrack accompanies a motor that screams to a tick over 8,000 rpm, and made ~445 horsepower while up there. Just a hair under 300 lb-ft was the churning force this motor produces, and though that’s not an exceptional amount by today’s standards, it is plenty of shove to propel a car weighing ~2,400 pounds. With a six-speed sequential to row through, it reaches a much higher top speed than one would imagine after watching it accelerate seemingly casually out of Monza’s hairpins.

Great stability on the brakes is one of this car’s obvious strong suits.

Fortunately, these two RSRs brake very well and exhibit great stability while decelerating. The 380mm and 355mm discs front and rear, respectively, bring the Porsche to a halt without much fidgeting. To run at somewhere like Le Mans for 24 hours, the car had to be reasonably stable. The big wing and diffuser help, but by modern standards, the 996 RSR’s areo doesn’t look like that a factory racer.

Still, after Looking at the body movement and the comparatively simplistic bodywork you get a sense of how far GT cars have come in the last fifteen years Body control, downforce, and braking performance are simply different level. Now, GT3 cars are built more like prototypes with an emphasis on aero grip, while back then, cars had to be managed more at lower speeds and slid in a subtle fashion. The steady forward march of progress, right?

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This Gulf RSR Replica Is What California Dreams Are Made Of

This is one of just three similar cars Gunderson has painted in classic paint schemes.

John Gunderson has a knack for bringing the right people into the picture. When he wanted to blend the urgency and colorful exterior of the legendary 917 with a usable road car, he came up with this. A ’73 911 Blending the classic Gulf livery, a 2,200-pound frame, and a 350-horsepower motor from Rothsport, is bound to convert even the most cynical Porsche haters.

Gunderson started with a real-deal long-hood 911, which was then stripped and fitted with hand-hammered steel fenders. Inside, a set of recline-equipped Recaro seats made the cut, providing a supportive enough seat for the odd blitz through the backroads, but plush enough to not require a chiropractor’s services after using. Additionally, they don’t disrupt the classic spartan theme inside—this is an RSR replica, after all.

The simplistic cabin provides the driver with all the pertinent information and nothing more.

Their support is dearly needed if the driver wants to exploit the power of the the 3.5-liter motor behind them. Fortunately, the Rothsport engine produces its power in a linear fashion and screams to a 7,000-rpm redline. That grunt is fortified by the closely stacked gears and short throw. Though the shifter throw is a little on the vague side, and the pedals are oddly positioned, that’s the only real criticism that Zack Klapman can find. High praise from someone who has driven a little bit of everything.

Zack got up to speed quickly. Its direct steering, which is slightly vague in the center but quickly loads up, helps him position the car in quick canyon switchbacks. It’s that detailed level of information through the pedals, the seat, and the steering which eventually brought the reluctant host over to the pro-Porsche side.

It’s true—few cars are as persuasive as a purpose-built Porsche.

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Porsche 911 RS IROC Replica… Level Master !

Là les amis, il va y avoir du lourd et du très rare ! Et va falloir aborder pas mal de sujets… L’IROC, Denny Hulme, JK Racing et Gérard, qui s’est retrouvé à la base de toute cette histoire avec, une Porsche 911 3.0 SC de 1982 strictement d’origine? Mais en en tant que pilote, […]

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New 991.2 RSR Spied Testing at Monza—With a New Exhaust Note

A large part of the 911 RSR’s charm is the sound it makes. The sublime climb from a throaty growl to a screaming crescendo is something anyone can appreciate, provided their eardrums are functioning. For that reason, some will be disappointed to hear the Ford GT-esque bark the latest RSR emits from its side-exit exhausts. After a few laps, it becomes more interesting, but its comparatively dull exhaust note leaves something to be desired. In the video below you can see the new model testing alongside two examples of the one that Porsche has been running for two years.

The performance is impressive, however. This evolution of the Porsche GTE/GTLM car is compliant over the curbs and composed exiting Monza’s first hairpin. No wheelspin and remarkable stability at speed can be attributed to some of the visual changes from the previous generation. Lightly widened haunches cover wider rear wheels, a revised rear diffuser helps with more downforce, new larger intakes on the flanks feed a lot more air, and different skirts with integrated side-exit exhausts. It’s likely the diffuser pushed the exhaust away from the rear axle, just like it did the motor, which has been oriented midship in the 991 RSR.

Though the sound might not reverberate as nicely off the trees, the widened body is much prettier than the last.

The new tone is reminiscent of the 996 RSR, and a mild muffling has some wondering whether the new car is turbocharged. However, there aren’t any telltale whistles, flutters, or pops—just a flattened note. It might not be as pleasing to the ear, but it powers a car that is stunningly fast in all types of corners.

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Hunting Datsuns in a 1973 Porsche 911 RSR

In the words of driver Jim Bouzaglou, « It doesn’t matter what kind of car it is, we all get the red mist. » At VARA’s 50 Years of 240Z event, Jim has a surprisingly wide variety of cars to run down. The pits are positively laden with Datsuns, from BRE cars to brightly-liveried privateers of all sorts. Despite the focus on Datsuns, the grid in Jim’s race is astoundingly diverse. From a surprisingly-quick XK140, to 914s, Triumphs, in addition to the dozens of Datsuns on the roster, Jim’s vivid-blue Porsche appears to be in excellent company at Fontana Speedway.

The initial focus of the video is on the array of Datsuns and Nissans at the event, which are decidedly more « V6 » and « Inline-Six » than « Flat-six, » but that’s just fine. Cars like the BRE Datsuns, or the peculiar V6-powered IMSA GTU 240SX are interesting cars in their own right. When it came time to get in-car footage, the guys at Roads Untraveled picked Jim’s wide, howling 911. Turn your speakers up, because this RSR sounds glorious.

Jim runs four to five events annually in his 911, and says that each one is followed by five or six hours of cleaning and regular maintenance. « This is one of the most inexpensive racecars you could hope to own, » he says, « Get a Porsche! »

We couldn’t agree more.

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