Recently, Bavaria Motors asked me if I wanted to drive one of their cars as a publicity car in Gent-Wevelgem. Without being aware of what car I’d be driving, I accepted this unique opportunity. Turns out I’d be driving a Porsche 911 991.1 GT3 RS! As a huge Porsche-fan, I was extremely excited to drive this track-focused monster myself. During the cycling race, I passed my camera to Sinag, who joined me as copilot
The greatest race in Flanders field since 1934
Gent-Wevelgem, or Gent-Wevelgem – In Flanders field, is a cycling race that was first held in 1934. Eventhough it’s called a “sprinters classic” due it’s flat finishing terrain, the cyclists are most likely to be tested by wind and rain due it’s early-season date. Fortunately this was not the case this year, on the contrary, the sun was shining and the temperatures were pleasing.
Driving in front of a cycling race is one of the most stressful jobs I’ve ever done. Knowing that the cyclists are only a few minutes behind and the fact you need to keep up with the leading cars requires some serious concentration for a few hours. Thousands of people are watching, so making a mistake would be a nightmare! Due the fact we needed to keep up with the first the cars, I had to push the GT3 RS a few times. And for once, we didn’t had to stick to the traffic rules!
Track-focused road car
Sunday afternoon, the sun was shining and the roads were almost empty. After driving Gent-Wevelgem, I took the GT3 RS for some quality time. It was almost romantic!
The Porsche 991.1 GT3 RS is fitted with a 4.0 liter flat-6 derived from the 3.8 liter 991.1 Carrera S with a dual-glutch gearbox and it comes with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) only. As I am a bit of a Purist, I think Porsche should’ve left the option to fit your 991.1 GT3 RS with a manual transmission too. At least, that was my opinion before I got to drive it. It actually all makes sense why Porsche made the GT3 RS PDK only. Unless you get every single shift right, the PDK system is a lot faster than a manual transmission. That’s the whole point of the Porsche GT3 RS, right? Besides that, it makes the car a perfect “Track-Focused road car”. Because of the dual-glutch, you’re not shaked up at the end of the day when driving at low speeds in city centers, it drives even that comfortable that it makes the GT3 RS a perfect daily. Then on the other hand, the PDK-Sport button, makes the car ready to go flat out on track.
Compared to the older generations GT3 RS’, the 991.1 doesn’t borrow the bodywork of it’s same generation Porsche Carrera, but it does it from the same-gen Porsche Turbo, which is wider. And you know what they say, “Those hips don’t lie!”. Underneath the wide rear-arches are equipped the same tires as from the Porsche 918 Spyder! Besides that the Porsche 991.1 is fitted with an all new aero-package that includes a splitter, a bigger wing and air vents on the front arches, which all increases the downforce. And last but not least, the Porsche 991.1 GT3 RS came with rear-wheel steering , which allows it to corner faster!
And so, I finally can checkmark the first Porsche!