Porsche Of The Day: 2001 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Race Car
The GT3 RS race cars, modeled after the 911 GT3 R, incorporated various technical enhancements to ensure optimal competitiveness on the racetrack. A total of 50 racing cars were manufactured at the Weissach racing division, and the majority of them have already been delivered.
Porsche’s Gran Turismo racing sports car featured notable differences from its predecessors, particularly in the redesigned rear wing and modified front section. The updated aerodynamic package contributed to improved output, while the revised front section enhanced the release of heat from the radiator.
Introduced in 2001, the GT3 RS, with ‘RS’ standing for RennSport (‘race sport’ in English), paid homage to the iconic first-of-the-line model from 40 years prior. In its GT3 RS specification, the 3.6-liter flat-six ‘Metzger’ engine underwent upgrades, reaching approximately 400bhp, although the claimed output remained at 318bhp for homologation purposes.
The GT3 RS boasted a lighter build compared to the standard GT3, incorporating weight-saving measures such as a polycarbonate rear window, carbon-fiber bonnet, and rear wing. Ceramic composite rotors replaced the stock cast-iron brake discs, enhancing fade resistance under competition conditions. The RS suspension was adjustable, and the car had a 3mm lower stance than the stock GT3.
Not only did the GT3 RS maintain its dominance within its class, but it also achieved outright victories against more powerful prototypes. Notable accomplishments included overall wins in the Daytona 24-hour and Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour races in 2003.