Porsche is celebrating 50 years of RS cars at Indy, and you’re invited
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the appearance of Porsche’s RS moniker, and the automaker will celebrate its second annual Sports Car Together festival to be held over Labor Day weekend.
Believe it or not, it’s been half a century since the 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS debuted as the first production P car to string the letters R and S together (yes, I know R and S are saddled next to each other in the word “Porsche” but you know what I mean). Featuring a larger 2.7-litre engine than the standard car, it became one of the most legendary Porsches to ever exist and started a whole dynasty of lightweight RS cars. In the 90s, Porsche introduced a limited-run RS version of the 964 before also giving the suffix to the 993.
From the 996 generation, the letters RS – which incidentally stands for “rennsport” or “racing” in German – came after “GT3” and designated the most track-oriented 911 available, except of the GT2. The 997 spawned several variants of the 911 RS: an early GT3 RS with a 3.8-liter flat-six, a 4.0-liter version aptly called the GT3 RS 4.0, and a 612-hp GT2 RS. The practice of sticking RS on the GT3 and GT2 variants of the 911 carried over into the 991 generation (the GT2 RS, in fact, was the only GT2 available at that time). Last year, the RS name branched out to adorn its first Cayman model, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS, The readerwhose first impressions you can read here.
The 50th anniversary of the RS suffix is a big deal for Porsche, and the company is celebrating it at this year’s SCTF event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The agenda includes a few rounds of one-make Porsche Cup Car races, sports car racing, time attacks, as well as family-friendly trackside activities. A special exhibition area has been set aside to host what is expected to be the world’s largest gathering of Porsche GT cars. Dealers will participate in a classic catering challenge and an esports racing championship will take place on site, among other activities.