How do you improve a supercar? It is not easy, but leave it to us to give it a try. We recently got to add a Porsche GT3 RS to our project car fleet. If you don’t know much about Porsches, a GT3 RS is a limited production model, part of the current 991 platform family and the last of the great naturally aspirated 911’s.
Basically, the RS is built very close to the 911 cup cars that are raced in IMSA, for instance, with some concessions being added for street use like emission controls and a dual clutch PDK semi-automatic transmission.
With a chassis packed full of exotic lightweight materials, huge carbon ceramic brakes, wall to wall rubber, 500 hp of naturally aspirated, super fast close ratio shifted fury, and best of all production Porsche aero, the GT3 RS punches above its weight class and delivers amazing performance.
It all comes with a pretty price tag, which is probably why it is the rawest, most engaging, most responsive and most fun to drive car we have ever gotten behind the wheel of. This includes our most well-built project cars and even other exotics. There is something magical about the car and all the engineering behind it. So can we alpha nerds at MotoIQ make the RS better or are we gonna mess it up?
One thing to remember is that the RS has a lot of potential as a collector being a pretty limited production car and being the last of the naturally aspirated Porsches. We have to limit ourselves to things that do not alter the car and allow it to be returned to stock with no damage. However, we accept the challenge and we are ready to do some limited things.
So we decided to see if the rear diffuser for the 911R would fit. The 911R is like a GT3 RS, with its wide body and powerful 4-liter NA engine but without the rear wing and with an old-fashioned manual transmission instead of the PDK. The 911R also has more interior amenities and is a more refined version of the race-oriented RS. The 911R was built to be the ultimate Porsche purist machine.
We think that since the 911R has no rear wing, Porsche added a rear diffuser as a low key sleeper way to make up some of the lost downforce that the RS’s rear wing provides. The 911R rear diffuser has a proper kick up to smooth airflow under the car, being fed by the RS’s nearly all flat bottom. It also has vortex generating strakes, as shown below, to help keep the airflow attached to the diffuser. This helps it generate downforce at lower speeds and making it more effective in general.
Hey Nissan, why is the GT-R rear diffuser $5175 bucks? It does not even have vortex generators!