Walter Röhrl Drives The New Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Video
It’s obvious from just looking at the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS that it is a machine that means business. But in order to get a complete picture of just how serious a machine it really is, one needs to see it on the track and in the hands of a professional. And while the word “professional” is entirely inadequate for someone of Walter Rohrl’s skill level, you get the idea. In this video we can see him taking the car around a track, and from the occasional sounds of protest coming from the tires, it’s safe to assume that he’s got it right at the edge.
The video gives us a few different views of the action, so as to form a more complete picture. Possibly the most entertaining of these is when we get a look at Rohrl’s face as he’s driving, betraying no emotion whatsoever. Then again, for someone like him, this isn’t exactly a difficult task. Perhaps the lack of a third pedal made him bored. The other views show some pretty impressive laps, although the video description doesn’t say which track it is.
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Why it matters
Walter Rohrl’s professional racing career focused mostly, but not entirely, on rally driving. He has been named by various groups of experts as the greatest rally driver of the century, the millennium and of all time. The distinctions between those titles are largely meaningless, but the important thing is that a lot of his peers recognize him as being one of the greatest racing drivers to ever live. He’s got a couple of WRC World Championships to his name, and he drove during the infamous Group B days. Even at 68 years old, Porsche turns to him for a fair number of these sorts of videos, and we’re frankly overjoyed that they do.
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