If Porsche has proven anything with its legacy in nearly a century of motorsport, it’s how versatile some of their cars are — particularly the iconic workhorse that is the 911. Well, the most modern iteration of the rear-engined masterpiece from Stuttgart has shown its colors on the rally stage and amazed the onlookers. Anyone bored with the muted exhaust notes of modern turbo cars or their lack of oversteer should take a note at the bonkers behavior of this screaming Porsche.
Despite being driven only by the rear wheels, the GT3 RS exhibits phenomenal traction on all surfaces. Its rear engine-layout and massive rear tires allow it to put the power down effortlessly over bumps and wet patches. When the tires hook and that flat-six gets to sing, the normally-aspirated car flies down the road with a pace comparable to WRC cars of not too long ago.
If the rear-heavy GT3 is deficient in one area, it’s in slower switchbacks where the front struggles to deliver enough traction. Perhaps it is for this reason that the newest generation of GT3 utilizes a four wheel-steering system to help with rotation. With this particular car, however, rotation is no problem once the speeds increase.
The dramatic shimmy through the faster switchbacks shows how neutral this car becomes with a little bit of momentum. As a result of its high-speed composure and braking performance — the latter being a strong point of the layout — the GT3 is able to brake hard and late. Not only is this package effective, but its sideways action and sonorous engine note make it a showstopper — just look at the incredulous expressions on the observers’ faces!