Porsche’s roadgoing model line-up has seldom, if ever, been very far removed from the company’s motorsport programme. This thread can be traced back even to the early 356 and 356 Carrera days. The Porsche 964 Carrera RS 3.8 is a very different beast from the cars of old, but the same spirit of competition runs through the more modern car, as will be seen in the pages of this book.
There were some raised eyebrows, though, when the new 911 model was launched in 1964, as there was a brief time when all resources were focussed on getting the new road car to market. This however did not satisfy many of Porsche’s customers who took to the race tracks of the world with their own tuned and modified versions of the veritable 911. Thus, in 1973 was born the first model to bear the moniker “RS” when the Carrera RS 2.7 was born. The subject of this book, the 964 Carrera RS 3.8, was conceived a good two decades later when in 1993 a small batch of 964 N-GTs were prepared for racing in the Spa 24 Hours, and at the Nürburgring.