When the RS was revealed at the Paris Motor Show on October 5, 1972, it was the world’s first serial production car with front and rear spoilers. The 911’s basic requirements for racing and rally were clearly stated: Passwords were light and fast. To achieve the goals, Hans Mezger and Valentin Schäffer developed a 2.7-liter six-cylinder boxer engine with fuel injection from the ground up.
In the sports version, the 210-PS, 960-kilogram Coupe went from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.8 seconds and topped out at a speed of almost 245 km / h. Precise aerodynamics designed at the time with racing cars in mind still make the RS unique today. “It’s the most direct technology transfer from motorsport to serial production that has ever happened,” says Andreas Breuninger, President of GT Vehicles. “Nothing has changed about it to this day and it is part of a typical Porsche tradition.”
The Porsche Museum tells the story of the RS and its racing cousin, the RSR, not only through cars and tales, but also through films, photos, racing posters and interactive features. Visitors can, for example, assemble their own custom RS by flipping model details and the color wheel of a kaleidoscope. To fulfill as many personal desires as possible, Porsche stuck to its own customization principle with the Carrera RS 2.7. Buyers can choose from a wide range of color and equipment options. Strong demand surprised the sports car manufacturer – it initially planned only 500 series-production cars for compatibility.
From the development vehicle to the production-ready Porsche
At the center of the special gallery is the Touring-spec 911 Carrera RS 2.7 in bright yellow, as well as a rare metallic green prototype. The cars, development documents, brochures, price lists, the Carrera logo and an article from Porsche Christopherus magazine describe the path from the development car to the production-ready Porsche.
Visitors can also look forward to seeing other unusual cars of the ducktail family’s dynasty, spanning over five decades of Porsche’s history. Thanks to the duo of the 964 and 993 generation of the 911 RS, Porsche has expanded the RS family to include air-cooled sports cars. The era of water-cooling represents the 996, 997 and 991 generations of the 911 GT3 RS and the 992 generation 911 Sport Classic, and the latest collector’s edition of the Heritage Design series from Porsche Exclusive Manufacturer. Fixed rear spoiler.
The car’s nickname “duck tail” from an ornithologist was inspired by the shape of the rear wing. At higher speeds, the 911 compresses the ground and thus reduces lift to achieve perfect balance and enable higher top speeds. Half a century ago, with the RS, the sports car manufacturer achieved the perfect synthesis of weight, power, aerodynamics and driving dynamics. It was light, fast, race ready, and road dependent.
The Porsche Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 18:00. Current health and hygiene regulations can be found on the website: www.porsche.com/germany/aboutporsche/porschemuseum
For more information on the history of the car, as well as film and photo materials, feel free to visit Online portal Dedicated to the 911 Carrera RS.
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