The requirements were unambiguous: no gimmicks. It is not the eye that will make the decision, but the pointer on the timer. Although some may disagree.
The difference from the 911 GT3 can be seen at first glance. The body of the new 911 GT3 RS is wider – 44 mm at the rear axle and also, for the first time, 26 mm at the front axle. This enables a wider toe-angle and the use of wider tyres for greater stability and improved cornering.
Like the 911 GT3, the 911 GT3 RS has new air inlet grilles – effective protection for the cooling air inlets.
A striking visual feature is the fixed rear wing, bringing technology straight from the racetrack for excellent driving stability and downforce. The mounts are made from forged aluminium and the carbon rear wing can be adjusted for use on the racetrack.
The engine lid with a ‘GT3 RS’ logo and the rear window are made from a lightweight synthetic material, as is the new rear middle section. A typical feature is the additional large air inlet on the engine cover (ram-air collector) for increased air intake and even better cooling.
The dual-tube tailpipe is integrated into the centre of the body. The silencer and tailpipes are made from lightweight titanium. Their diameter is 5 mm larger than those on the 911 GT3. You can see, and hear the difference.
Another, particularly noticeable difference compared to the 911 GT3 is the paintwork. The air inlet frame on the front, the wheels, the wing mirrors, the logo above the wings and on the engine lid as well as the side plates on the rear wing are painted in a contrasting colour – as is the decorative side logo.
A further reflection of the car’s sporting credentials is the new Aluminium Look fuel filler cap.
In short, it gets noticed. Certainly because of its design, but especially because of its effective aerodynamics. The result is greater downforce front and rear, ensuring excellent road-holding, stability and handling.