Cardiff, United Kingdom
55 km (34 mi)
This 1995 Porsche 993 is proudly available through the Hemmels Vault - a collection of incredibly rare and iconic supercars that are sourced and thoroughly inspected at Hemmels to ensure they meet the highest standards of quality before being made available for purchase.
Perhaps the wildest normally aspirated Porsche 911 produced by the factory is the Carrera RS 3.8, and it is indeed a venerable wolf in wolf’s clothing. There is no hiding the car’s intent, which is to cover ground . . . very quickly.
It was based on the Carrera Cup competition car and specifically conceived as a homologation special built in a great enough quantity (at least 50 units) to qualify it for the BPR GT3 and GT4 categories as the RSR 3.8. It was offered only to the European market and appeared after the original 3.6-litre engine RS of 1992 had gone out of production. The standard 3.6-litre engine of the Carrera RS was bumped up to 3,746 cubic centimetres by an increase in its bore to 102 millimetres, but it still retained the RS’s standard 76.4-millimetre stroke.
This engine, the Type M64/20, was fitted with Porsche’s innovative Varioram variable-length intake system and produced a very healthy 300 brake horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 262 foot-pounds of torque at 5,400 rpm. The latest version (2.10) of the Bosch Motronic engine-management system kept tight control over both the twin-plug ignition and the fuel delivery through individual port throttle bodies. A new hot-film sensor replaced the previous flapper-valve arrangement, and at the exhaust end of the equation, waste gasses were fed through a pair of catalytic converters and out the twin tailpipes. It has 34,000 miles (55,000 kilometers) on the clock.
Along with the engine updates, an important component of this competition-oriented machine was to make it as light as possible. The RS was brought down to a svelte 1,280 kilograms by deleting such amenities as the headliner, electric windows, electric mirrors, central locking, intermittent windscreen wipers, radio speakers, power-adjustable seats, a rear defroster, airbags, and sound insulation. Removal of all these comforts resulted in an effective weight loss of 100 kilograms. The RS package added a number of performance features to the car, which included thinner window glass , simplified interior lighting, an alloy front boot lid and doors, lightweight interior door cards, Recaro sports seats, a front strut-brace, ball-joint front damper mounts, and adjustable anti-roll bars with five positions for the 24-millimetre front bar and three positions for the 21-millimetre rear piece.
The gearbox is a Type G50/31 six-speed manual transmission, with its gearing optimised for acceleration rather than top speed. Immense 265/35ZR-18R tyres in the rear and 225/40ZR-18 tyres in the front are mounted on specially made 18-inch “Speedline for Porsche” three-piece, light-alloy wheels with magnesium centres, which are 9-inches wide on the front and 11-inches wide at the back. It also has all matching body panel numbers.
Offered here is a great example of the 993 RS and in speed yellow is surely the holy grail for Porsche collectors.