With hundreds of thousands of dollars separating these two track tools, the owner of the lava orange 991 might feel a trifle embarrassed after getting hounded by a 993. However, he shouldn’t feel too badly, because the man in the understated 993—a Mr. Sandro Ziegler—is a virtuoso.
To be fair to the owner of the GT3 RS, this section of the Ringis a busy one, and finding a neat way around the hordes Touristenfahren isn’t simple. With the advantage of traffic, Ziegler and his mildly-fettled 993 C4S aggressively nips at the RS’ heels, and never gives his opponent the chance to make use of their power advantage.
Ziegler’s machine is a stripped track day special, and most of its modifications are concerned with minimizing weight. The removal of carpet and air conditioning are the garden-variety weight reductions made on most track cars, but plexiglass rear and side windows and RS door panels make it clear he’s serious. For a little less mass to move around and some more compliance over the curbs he frequently hops, Ziegler’s added a set of OZ Racing Alleggerita wheels.
The modification list continues with a revalved 3.6 and upgraded cams, but the output is just 270 horsepower. Not a powerhouse by any means, but with only 2,650 pounds to push around, this 993 has what it takes to run just inches behind the ultimate trackday 911.