Onboard the 1973 Porsche 911 3.0 RS - East African Safari Classic 2013

The Porsche 911 3.0 RS is THE 911 to have according to most Porsche fanatics. This example is built up to  rally car spec.

Crew is Bernard Munster (driver) and Johan Gitsels. Average speed for this stage was 126 km/h.

 

 

Porsche 911 3.0 RS - Bernard Munster
Porsche 911 3.0 RS - Bernard Munster

 

RS stands for Rennsport in German, meaning race sport in English. The Carrera name was reintroduced from the 356 Carrera which had itself been named after Porsche's class victories in the Carrera Panamericana races in Mexico in the 1950s. The RS was built so that Porsche could enter racing formulae that demanded that a certain minimum number of production cars were made. Compared with a standard 911S, the Carrera 2.7 RS had a larger engine (2687 cc) developing 210 PS (150 kW; 210 hp) with Bosch (Kugelfischer) MFI, revised and stiffened suspension, a "ducktail" rear spoiler, larger brakes, wider rear wheels and rear fenders. In RS Touring form it weighed 1075 kg (2370 lb), in Sport Lightweight form it was about 100 kg (220 lb) lighter, the saving coming from the thin-gauge steel used for parts of the body shell and also the use of thinner glass. In total, 1580 were made, comfortably exceeding the 500 that had to be made to qualify for the vital FIA Group 4 class. 49 Carrera RS cars were built with 2808 cc engines producing 300 PS (221 kW).

 

Porsche 911 3.0 RS - Bernard Munster
Porsche 911 3.0 RS - Bernard Munster

 

In 1974, Porsche created the Carrera RS 3.0 with mechanical fuel injection producing 230 PS (169 kW). Its price was almost twice that of the 2.7 RS, but it offered a fair amount of racing capability for the money. The chassis was largely similar to that of the 1973 Carrera RSR and the brake system was from the Porsche 917. The use of thin metal plate panels and a Spartan interior enabled the shipping weight to be reduced to around 900 kg (1984 lb).

 

Porsche 911 3.0 RS - Bernard Munster
Porsche 911 3.0 RS - Bernard Munster

 

The Carrera RSR 3.0 was sold to racing teams, and scored outright wins in several major sports car races of the mid-1970s. Also, a prototype Carrera RSR Turbo (with 2.1 L engine due to a 1.4x equivalency formula) came second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1974 and won several major races, a significant event in that its engine would form the basis of many future Porsche attempts in sports car racing. Save for the earlier Porsche 917, it can be regarded as Porsche's start of its commitment to turbocharging also in road.

 

Porsche 911 3.0 RS - Bernard Munster Porsche 911 3.0 RS - Bernard Munster
Porsche 911 3.0 RS - Bernard Munster

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