Porsche Experience Centre – Silverstone has launched three new driving courses to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its RennSport models, famously known as RS. The first Porsche to convey the ‘RennSport’ designation was the 911 2.7 Carrera RS, unveiled in 1972 at the Paris Motor Show. The 2.7 RS was derived from the 911 S and was endowed with raw track ability. More than 1,500 units were built. This RS became the blueprint for the many on-track successes that Porsche continues to enjoy to this day. With the new courses being offered at the customised facilities at the Porsche Experience Centre, drivers have the opportunity to appreciate the nature of and experience the latest Porsche 911 RS models.
The GT Course, which costs £400, allows a driver to experience the track-derived dynamics of both the naturally-aspirated 911 GT3 and the bi-turbo 911 GT2. The original 2.7 Carrera RS was the inspiration of several generations of 911 RS models, including the 1992 ‘Type 964’ RS, the 1995 ‘Type 993’ RS and the ‘Type 996’ RS of 2003. The Evolution RS course, which costs £500, focuses on the latest models derived from the 911 GT3 RS. The GT3 RS embodies the dynamic ability of the 2.7 Carrera RS and is a demonstration of the Porsche belief that its cars should perform to the highest level both on road and on track. The Evolution RS course includes a 90-minute experience of driving the first generation ‘Type 997’ 3.6-litre 911 GT3 RS from 2006, the second generation ‘Type 997’ 3.8 911 GT3 RS from 2009, as well as the ultimate edition, the 2011 911 GT3 RS 4.0.
The Ultimate GT, which costs £550, allows a driver to experience the 911 GT2 and GT2 RS, considered as the most extreme road-going derivatives of the 911. The course involves a 90-minute driving experience and one-to-one tuition that starts with the GT2 and then to the most extreme derivative of the RS series - the 620 hp Porsche 911 GT2 RS.