If you disregard the SC/RS, the 964 RS, and the 993 RS, the remaining seven generations of naturally aspirated RS model were on hand for Porsche’s most recent video experiment. With an original 2.7 RS, as well as every type of GT3 RS since the Euro-only 996, this is one truly exciting bunch of sports cars, all gathered for an incredible day of circulating the gorgeous roads of the Isle of Man. Famous for not having speed limits, and for the incredibly competitive (and dangerous) annual motorcycle race. Because of the locale’s close association with motorcycles, Porsche also brought out a Ducati Panigale, which they described as being the GT3 RS of motorcycles, in a way.
As Porsche puts it, the new 911 GT3 RS is just the latest car to bear the iconic name, and it was joined by the previous Porsches that helped build its reputation. The Isle of Man has a reputation, too. The circuit is very rough and uneven in places, as it is built on public streets. It’s also quite dangerous thanks to the walls, trees, and boulders just off the roadside. The new GT3 RS must have been designed from the outset to handle less than perfect roads like those on the Isle, because it worked perfectly to soak up the bumps and chatters of the conditions.
In addition to the 911, Porsche brought Isle of Man champion, and Ducati rider, Steve Plater, as well as the current TT circuit record holder on four wheels, Mark Higgins. There are probably no two people more experienced in the grand experience of Isle of Mans racing than these guys, and they’re on hand to help explain what makes the place so special. I certainly understand the appeal, but having never been there myself, I’m not sure I’ll get a complete feeling for it until I visit.