The RS badge is special, with the RennSport cars designation being used to signify the most involving and evolved 911 road cars that the Porsche factory produces.
Satisfying both the demands of enthusiastic drivers, as well the homologation rules governing racing, Porsche RS models exemplify the Motorsport department’s constant evolution of the 911 to keep it competitive on-track.
This left hand-drive 997 GT3 RS was built in 2008 and delivered to its sole owner in Qatar. Bought locally by a well-known expat historic racing driver, the car returned to the UK in 2017.
Last year the car underwent a full mechanical overhaul at specialists Tech 9 Motorsport and has just had a detailed pre-sale inspection at Autofarm in Oxfordshire, which it passed with flying colours. It is now ready for a summer lapping the roads and tracks of the UK and Europe.
Chassis number: WP0ZZZ99Z8S790270
Engine: 3.6-litre flat-six 6-cylinder
Gearbox: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 60,748 km
Colour: Viper Green
Interior: Black cloth / Alcantara
Such is the pace of Porsche’s racing development and the demand for its RS models, the 997 GT3 RS was quick to follow its GT3 relation into production.
It arrived in October 2006 and took Weissach’s usual approach for its RS models - removing weight and increasing sharpness. Some 20kg was dropped from the RS’s kerbweight, this achieved despite the adoption of the wider body from the Carrera 4 model.
That wider track allied with the weight reduction measures, a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission and lighter flywheel attached to the legendary ‘Mezger’ 415bhp 3.6-litre flat-six makes for a faster, more precise driver’s car. It was enough for the 997 GT3 RS to lap, in Walter Rohrl’s hands, some 3 seconds quicker around the Nurburgring than its standard GT3 relation.
Visually the 997 GT3 RS is distinguished by its GT3 RS graphics, the large, adjustable carbon fibre wing and is choice of four colours - the two standard colours of Silver or Black or optional choices of Orange or Green.
Finished in the most desirable, optional Viper Green, this 2008 GT3 RS has covered 60,000km, and comes complete with invoices detailing its recent mechanical inspection and overhaul.
Fitted with optional Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes, Porsche Communication Management and sensibly retaining its air-conditioning and audio equipment, this modern classic is a sought-after, useable road and track car.
The interior features the usual purposeful specification that is a GT3 RS signature, with the rear compartment fitted with a half cage painted in matching body colour.
More than any other manufacturer, Porsche allows its customers to drive its racing innovation on the road and that’s most apparent in these RS models.
The first generation 997 GT3 RS is a hugely appealing, analogue driver’s car. In its 3.6, 3.8 and 4.0 litre forms, it was not just the last of the manual RS models, but also the last RS model to feature the infamous Mezger flat-six engine derived from Porsche’s 911 GT1 Le Mans winning car.
Subsequent motorsport department 911 iterations, such as the 991 models, although remarkably capable as every day cars, have a bulk and lack of immediacy that means that arguably the 997 GT3 is the pick of the bunch.
In by far the most desirable colour, bearing less than 40,000 miles and in very good condition, this GT3 RS is ready for a summer of fast driving on road and track.