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2002 Porsche 996 GT2 “RSR” by 911Design

This 2002 Porsche 996 GT2 “RSR” is the subject of an on-going, 4 year active project by 911Design in an effort to build one of the most extreme street/track 911 GT2’s, possibly of all time. The custom fabrication craftsmanship and attention to detail in the suspension, engine and brakes, and all of it’s associated hardware is just absolute art. No posing here. In it’s final iteration, the 3.8 Twin Turbo engine was dynoed at 843 rwhp at 1.1 bar while running 100 octane race fuel. The transmission of choice to handle all of that power was a sequential gearbox from Cartonics in Germany, with steel synchros and revised ratios. Since engine rebuilds are not cheap at an estimated $40k-$50k, the redline was set to “only” 8600 rpm. Loren Beggs, of 911 Design (www.nine11design.com) in Los Angeles, California and suspension guru Cary Eisenlohr of ERP are legends in the Porsche 911 race car world who can be given credit for creating this particular beast for car owner and 6speenonline.com member “1badGT2”. Over the course of approximately 4 years, the discussion of this monster has grown to 55 pages, and counting. With a street car build as wild as this it can be expected to ask why he […]

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Patrick Long shakedowns a Porsche 917 for Rennsport Reunion V

There aren’t many things that sound better than a Porsche flat six. In fact, the only engine we can think of is a Porsche flat 12, as fitted to the Porsche 917 prototypes that dominated sports car racing in 1970 and 1971.

Recently, Porsche Motorsport North America was entrusted with restoring the Gulf Racing Porsche 917K used by Jackie Oliver and Pedro Rodriguez to win the 1971 Spa 1000km.

After being put into storage at Zuffenhausen, the car was rolled out into the Porsche Museum in 2009 before being handed over to PMNA in 2012 in order to be returned to its former glory.

Porsche 917 gear shift

Using Porsche’s vast archive of period documents and photographs, Porsche wanted this 917K returned to the exact specification it was run in at the infamous Spa-Francorchamps in 1971, when it won the 1000km race with an average speed of 154mph!

After three intensive years (with much input from those who worked on the 917s at the time), the car was recently completed and taken to Willow Springs Raceway in California for a shakedown ahead of this weekend’s Rennsport Reunion V.

At the wheel was factory driver (and all-round cool guy) Patrick Long, a man who truly understands the importance of Weissach’s classic racers and relishes the chance to get behind the wheel of these iconic machines.

Porsche 917K Patrick Long

The video above (finally bereft of the usual music in Porsche’s films) shows that Patrick – who we interviewed earlier this year in issue 129 – certainly wasn’t hanging about, sending beautiful flat-12 music echoing around the hills north of Los Angeles.

This 917 won the 1000km race at Spa with an average speed of 154mph

Hurley Haywood, another legend from Porsche Motorsport’s history, also makes a guest appearance along Pacific Coast Highway, explaining the importance of Rennsport Reunion and what makes the whole event so special.

Both Long and Haywood will be at Laguna Seca Raceway this weekend for Rennsport Reunion V along with Total 911. For all the latest from the event, make sure you follow our Twitter account now.

Porsche 917K side

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