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Nothing to See Here - Just a Porsche 911 Tearing Ass Through a German Rally Stage
Petrolhead or no petrolhead, you simply can’t say no to a video of a 1979 Porsche 911 Carrera RS ripping through a picturesque rally stage that runs through a lot of farmland and forest areas in Germany. And you might be surprised, but the lightweight sports car can hold its own in front of more modern, turbocharged AWD cars.
There’s something wonderfully evocative about watching a modern 911 executing Scandinavian flicks and slinging gravel everywhere. It’s not without precedent either. The Porsche 911 has an incredibly rich rally history that includes several high-profile victories, including a Dakar Rally win in 1984. But, since then Porsche has been pretty quiet on the rally front.
The FIA established the World Rally Championship RGT class as a way to diversify beyond the Ford, Citroen and Volkswagenall-wheel-drive hot hatches that make up the majority of rally entries. Starting in 2011, RGT regulations allowed rear-wheel-drive GT cars to enter WRC and European Rally Championship events. So far, Lotus is the only manufacturer to build an RGT car, the Lotus Exige RGT, but it was a very short-lived program.
In 2014, the FIA changed the homologation requirements for RGT entries, allowing individually prepped cars to become eligible, like this Tuhill-prepped Porsche 911 Cup turned rally car getting wrung out by Chris Harris in this video. Richard Tuthill carved out a niche for himself building classic Porsche 911 rally cars for the East African Safari Rally and other classic car rallies, but he’s since turned his attention to more modern machinery and the WRC RGT.
The car started life as 997 911 Cup racecar. Its chassis has been raised on softer suspension, and gravel tires have been fitted at all four corners. The engine is unchanged, with the exception of an air-restrictor to meet horsepower requirements. Inside, the roll cage has been modified with side-impact protection and a passenger seat added for the navigator. It’s a massively desirable thing, and, according to Harris, it’s just as much fun to drive as you would hope.
Take-up for the RGT class has been slow partly because the cars compete directly against factory-backed WRC cars, the pace that RGT cars can’t hope to match. Still, it’s awesome to see these cars competing, and I have my fingers crossed that there are other nut-jobs out there hatching schemes to rally-prep Astons and Ferraris.
Back in 1984, Porsche looked to be a key part of Group B racing in an effort to develop and explore technology for it’s road-going cars. After a weak start and two years of lackluster performance though, the Rally 959 in 1986 went on to achieve a 1-2 finish at the Paris-Dakar. However with the cost involved with motorsports, the viability of the project, along with the knowledge gained in racing decreasing, the Rally 959’s days of driving over rough dusty terrain came to an end.
Today, almost 30 years later though, with all the speculations about Porsche’s return to rallying with a possible rally version of the 911 to be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show. it seems we could soon see some new Porsche’s swapping asphalt with rough terrain.
So to visualize what the rumored rally car - dubbed the 911 Safari, could look like, we at TopSpeed decided to prepare a set of renderings for you.
Click past the jump for the complete set of renderings of the 911 Safari
Back in 2011, we brought you a 16-minute long compilation of the Porsche 911 GT3 rally car in the 2010 German Rally Championship. This time around, we are going a step further by bringing you 30 minutes of non-stop Porsche 911 GT3 rallying that highlights the best of the 2011 and 2012 rally seasons.
This video is really all you would expect of one highlighting such a great car, as the camera operators managed to get u some fantastic shots and tons of quality audio. In every single shot, you get a healthy dose of that 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine working its backside off through the gravel, dirt, mud and sometimes tarmac.
So, if you have 30 minutes to spare and a safe place to crank up the volume to hear this internal combustion orchestra, we definitely recommend it. We promise you, it is well worth the time to see this $200k machine playing in places its mommy said it’s not supposed to.
We understand that last weekend has been quite busy for everyone. From Thanksgiving dinners to Black Friday shopping madness, we know that you need a break or, maybe in this case, 22 minutes of sitting down in your chair and watching this awesome compilation video of a Porsche 911 GT3 RS getting down and dirty in the world of rallying.
It’s not often that we see a German sports car getting its panels muddied up and enjoy it. There care plenty of sands flying, mud splattering, and fish tailing going on in this video.
We’ll save you all the explanations and will let you just sit back and enjoy the run. It’s 22 minutes worth of Porsche 911 GT3 RS so in the words of Terrell Owens, "y’all might want to get your popcorns ready."
And might we add, you’ll probably need to get some soda too.
When you own a Porsche GT3, you’ve probably had that dream of racing it up and down dirt roads, rally style. Of course, you’d probably never do it out of fear that your beloved GT3 gets dinged up beyond repair.
But just because you won’t do it to your own GT3, doesn’t mean you can’t watch others to it theirs. In this highly-entertaining eight-minute video, you can watch a host of Porsche GT3 rally cars drifting on dirt roads and flying all over the place.
Trust us, if you had to make good use of eight minutes of your life, we strongly recommend that you watch this video. Just remember that once you’re done, we hope you don’t get a tad overboard and try stunts on your GT3.
Porche unveiled today the 2008 Cayenne S Transsyberia, an improved model that will be offered to customer teams around the world as a conversion kit.
In the modifications to the Cayenne S Transsyberia, primary importance was given to further improving the offroad capabilities and optimising the suspension set-up. The 2008-spec of the successful long distance racer features a stronger and newly-formed sump-guard. The front and rear panels were modified to allow a larger angle of driving slope. An all-terrain offroad tyre from BFGoodrich in the 265/65 R18 R dimension increases the ground clearance by 30 millimetres. Compared to last year, the higher and stronger side walls offer better protection against tyre damage.
The air suspension was retuned based on the experiences of the 2007 Transsyberia Rally. The standard shock absorbers were replaced with special rally shocks. Particularly on the fast, bumpy sections, the vehicle’s handling is substantially smoother than the 2007 version. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), which features two active anti-roll bars to almost completely eliminate body sway in bends, was adapted to withstand the special demands of a marathon rally.
The Cayenne S Transsyberia is powered by a 4.8-litre normally-aspirated engine with direct fuel injection that delivers 385 hp. It makes the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 105 mph.
Press release after the jump.
Two and a half months before the start of the Transsyberia Rally, Porsche has produced a small production run of 26 Cayenne S Transsyberias in Leipzig. At a mass training session, the drivers got intimately acquainted with their 385-bhp, long-distance rally vehicles and prepared themselves for their two-week mission. Among the Porsche drivers who will be lining up at the start in Moscow on August 2 are Armin Schwarz, the second most successful German rally driver after Walter Röhrl; (...)
The Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia is a typical Porsche through and through, tailored precisely to the needs and requirements of the sporting, ambitious customer – which in this case means a car tailored specifically to the requirements of long-distance rally racing.
Hankook Tire America Corp., rolled out its drifting hardware at a test day at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, CA. on Thursday March 1. The Hankook Tires/JIC Magic USA Porsche 993, driven by veteran drift racer Tyler McQuarrie, and the Nissan S15 Silvia driven by Kenji Yamanaka are both expected to be strong championship contenders in the 2007 Formula Drift Series, which begins April 7 at the Long Beach Grand Prix.
Jay Lee, Hankook Tire Product Manager from the North American (...)
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is proudly presenting the new RS Spyder at the Paris Motor Show, the Mondial de l‘ Automobile, from 30 September – 15 October, where the car is making its first public appearance. Developed at Porsche’s R&D Centre in Weissach near Stuttgart, this racing car is an evolution of the sports prototype currently going all-out for the winner’s title in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in the hands of the US Penske-Motorsports-Team. Next year the new RS Spyder is to be raced by various customer teams in a number of countries, thus making its international debut.