THE GREATEST GT CARS
PORSCHE CARRERA RSR
WEISSACH’S FIRST “HOMOLOGATION SPECIAL”
The Porsche 911 Carrera RSR can claim to
be the most important racecar the German
manufacturer ever built. It was the first
homologation special 911, and that makes
it the father of a line of turn-key customer
GT racecars to roll out of Weissach over the
past 40 years. That’s thousands of cars,
right up to the latest 991-shape 911 to
carry RSR badges and a new 911 GT3-R
due to come on stream next season.
The RSR was conceived in 1972 out of
a desire to maintain Porsche’s presence in
sports car racing after rule changes had
successively killed off the 917 in the World
Sportscar Championship and Can-Am. It
also fulfilled the needs of a growing band
of privateers plying their trade with the
911 in international GT racing.
Based on the lightweight 911 Carrera
RS 2. 7 road car, the FIA Group 4-eligible
RSR received a slight displacement
increase to 2. 8 liters, wider rear wheels
and flared arches, and 917-derived brake
rotors in readiness to go racing in 1973.
The RSR was a powerhouse in the FIA
GT Championship and similar series,
where customers such as Georg Loos’
Gelo Racing team and Kremer racked up
the wins. But it also claimed a couple of
unexpected wins in the classic enduros.
Its victory on its race debut in the ‘ 73
Daytona 24 Hours with the Brumos Racing
Whatever the topic, picking the
greatest of all time is a highly
subjective undertaking, and cause of
many a huge argument. But we figured
we’d give it a go for Grand Touring cars.
In no particular order, here are our
choices for the five greatest GT cars
of all time. Criteria include what they
achieved, what they paved the way
for, and how cool we think they are.
And please feel free to disagree...
WORDS Gary Watkins
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15 Porsche Carrera RSRs started the 1974 24 Hours of Le Mans, the
highest finisher coming in seventh overall, albeit only third in GT.