The Spirit of Carrera RS

Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany

Until May 15, 2023

For sports car enthusiasts, the ZeitHaus Autostadt is organising the exhibition “The Spirit of Carrera RS” to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. This model initiated a range of pure sports cars that exacerbated the performance of the Porsche 911. The success prompted the Stuttgart-based firm to renew the operation, and each generation was thus entitled to its “Renn Sport” derivative, followed by even more extreme models and “customer-competition” cars. In addition to the original RS 2.7, the exhibition features three other models: Carrera RSR 2.8, Carrera RSR 3.0 and 991 GT3 RS. The exhibition of the cars is complemented by photos, films and a wide variety of scale models.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS

At 245 km/h, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 was known as “Germany’s fastest sports car” when it was launched in 1972. The RS is also famous for its “ducktail” rear wing, hence the nickname sometimes used for this RS. It was one of the first production models to feature a spoiler, intended to improve the stability of the car at high speeds. Developed during the 1973 season, the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 saw its displacement increase, and its power reach 310hp. With its wider wings, the car imposes and gives birth to the “RSR”, which is a formidable competition-customer version.

In 1974, the RSR 3.0 succeeded the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8. The RSR 3.0 is optimised, offering even more power, even wider wings and an imposing rear wing. Offered in 2019, the Porsche 911 (type 991) GT3 RS is equipped with a naturally aspirated 4L engine running at very high revs (the other models are now equipped with turbo engines), and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The raised rear wing and air vents on the front fenders improve the car’s aerodynamics. With a power of 520PS, the 911 GT3 RS exceeds 310 km/h.

The photo of the exhibition belongs to the Museum Autostadt, no right of reproduction without the express permission of the museum.

The photos of the Carrera RS 2.7 belong to Automobile-Museums, no use or reproduction is authorized without the prior written consent of the owner.