The Porsche 911 Carrera RS is an iconic nameplate, its done amazing things for the brand and motorsport in general, and with the badge’s heritage there’s plenty reason for Porsche to show off. The original RS 2.7 is worth stupid amounts of money and it’s quite rare too, so it’s very likely that most motorsport fanatics haven’t managed to see one in the metal but because Porsche is really cool, there’s currently an exhibition on the go at the Porsche Museum (Porscheplatz in Zuffenhausen) called ‘Spirit of Carrera RS’. If you’re a fan, make a plan to visit and get as many photos and pics as possible, these sort of pop-up shows will likely not be seen again, well not in the same guise. In this themed display onlookers are told the story of both the Carrera RS streetcar and the RSR that was created for competition use, but thanks to technology the visitors are able to spec their own custom RS simply by turning the model-detail and colour wheel of a kaleidoscope.
This amazing display shows off a host of genuine RS models, but there’s also lots of historical development documents, advertising brochures and even price lists that are scary because even the really old cars are out of reach of mere morals. Porsche used an article from the Porsche-centric magazine, Christophorus to describe the development path from concept to the production-ready Porsche. The cars seen include the 964 and 993 generations of the 911 RS, the 996, 997 and 991 generations of the 911 GT3 RS and even the 992-generation 911 Sport Classic models. The latter being a collector’s edition from the Heritage Design Series from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur that features a fixed rear spoiler affectionately dubbed the ducktail, in instantly recognisable Porsche design. The precise aerodynamics designed back then for racing still make the RS unique today. “It’s the most direct technology transfer from motorsport to series production that ever occurred,” says Head of GT Vehicles Andreas Preuninger. “Nothing about this has changed to this day and it is part of a modelled tradition at Porsche.”