Porsche engineers will occasionally step out of their calm, precision engineered, white-lab-coat safe haven into a zone called “insanity”. Projects that have sprouted from this zone include the bonkers Carrera GT, the absurd 918 Spyder, and the almost-requires-a-straight-jacket 911 GT2. When Porsche lets their engineers run wild, they build cars that are capable of mighty feats in the proper hands.
Frenchman, and rallyist, Gilles Nantet got used to this insanity by taking it in relatively small doses. In 2013 he ran a 997 GT3 rally car in the national rally series, as he’s been doing since 2007. Last year though, he wrecked his 997 GT3 in the last event of the season.
For 2014, Nantet replaced his trusty, well-balanced, reliable GT3 steed with a turbocharged demon in the form of a 997 GT2. On the best of days, bright with sunshine and the roads billiard-table smooth and devoid of debris, it takes a true hero to muscle a GT2 around in quick fashion. Nantet, as depicted in this video, braves the Porsche’s tendency for over steer while equipped with Michelin rally slicks, in damp conditions, on roadways littered with leaves and detritus.
Porsches have a history of rallying victories, and recently the GT3 proved itself a very capable car for the stages of Europe. With the step up to an insanely quick Porsche GT2 rally car, Gilles earns my awe and respect. Best of luck keeping it “shiny side up” this year, my friend.
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