The 997 GT3 RS

The 997 GT3 RS
The 997 GT3 RS

The 997 GT3 RS, James May was enough track-prepped Aston, and Richard Hammond was in one that doesn’t have the Alps today. He saw six would have to do. But we have got the car on 997 GT three. All right. It’s not green like Richards was butthurt about this orange with the black Nomex pocket seats. I like to call it the right juice bag. I’ll admit to watching that episode. As a kid, I thought Jeremy had chosen his car perfectly. James may have chosen unbelievably severely. But Richard’s choice, I found a little bit boring.

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The 997 GT3 RS
The 997 GT3 RS

And it’s a track car. They’re supposed to be equally happy nipping back and forward from the local butchers. What makes the RS super unique is that so lightweight, primarily down to this carbon fiber rear wing, plastic viewer window, and plastic engine cover. But what makes this car so revered is this cylinder here. It may not look like much, but this is the coveted Metzger engine, which is a bit of a weird name, really because Hans Metzker bred on pretty much every single Porsche engine from the 1960s onwards. But the thing that makes this special is its illustrious heritage, which I’ll get to in a bit. Before I see what that flat-six can do, these videos would not be possible without a sponsor. The 997 GT3 RS

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The 997 GT3 RS

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This car has a specific oil reservoir

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There’s elsewhere in the engine big

There’s elsewhere in the engine big. The oil is then pumped from that reservoir runs the engine to keep everything lubricated. Now, if you do that for too long, you’re going to have some pretty severe damage. (The 997 GT3 RS)

In terms of my first impressions of this car as a kid, I think I wasn’t old enough to pick up on the subtleties of the top-level Porsches. And that seems silly to see, considering the rear wing on this thing and its color. But back in the day, a car needed to look like this Zonda, the Ford GT, or a Diablo to catch my eye. This just looked like another Porsche. It seems like every other 911 I’ve ever seen. Yes, the one Harman had was green. But compared to the Guyardo, I’m not crazy.

Aston didn’t seem like anything special

The 997 GT3 RS
The 997 GT3 RS

Then you find yourself in one, you find yourself in second gear, and a lovely stretch of country road, and you give it all makes sense. I’m just back from North America, having driven that Dodge Viper and the engine difference. That is a big muscle car engine. All this has that European refinement, at silkiness is still revved. Wow, is it smooth? The reasons Richard Harmons will have loved this car. First of all, the steering Porsche back in 2006 perfected steering every vehicle. Since this one should have the same steering as this, it does not get any better. This thing is what 14 years old, though, and it is as sharp as a pin. And then, coupled with that, is the way this thing stops for its time. The GTRs had enormous brakes on them. (The 997 GT3 RS)

Not mean this thing stops on his nose, The 997 GT3 RS

Because it’s only 1400 kilograms, you call upon those brakes, burn you are stalled. This thing is on track with this steering, and those brakes must be an absolute weapon. And then, of course, there’s the Mansker engine. People from the evil magazine’s likes will wax lyrical about this engine, talking about how fantastic it is. And to be honest, they know exactly what they’re talking about. The flywheel seems tiny. So the rate that this thing picks up revs is phenomenal. When you go for a standard gear change, the raves die; you’re relatively quick with the gear change to get in; otherwise, they break that bit too low. But when you’re bluffing down the gearbox.

I mean, that’s just incredible

Rapid
Rapid

Rapid, absolutely rapid. Or something about the gearing, the feel of the throttle. And the rate that the revs pick up is spot on. The RSI is so keen to turn in encouraging you to show our corners that it can Darton transfers weight and then have all the traction you’ll ever need coming out the other side. It is one of the most excellent handling cars I’ve ever driven. And that’s just on the slightly twisty roads of the south of England. This thing on the Stelvio Pass must have been magical, so I like it. Richard Hammond likes it. Could you give me one? What do you make of this? So right next to me, the one thing I would pick up Harmon Dawn is the road trip ability of this car.

It’s a bit stiff and cluttery to be doing 1000 miles through Europe or America. Saying that, I’m not sure how much more comfortable Guyardo Superleggera or that acid would have been. Maybe this one would have been the colon of those three, so was I wrong as a child? Yes. Was Richard Hammond right to choose this car? Yes. I’ve been Mike, and don’t forget to subscribe to Dr. Dre. (The 997 GT3 RS)

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