Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 RSR – one of the very few

Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 RSR – one of the very few

“Buy, enter, win” – this is how Porsche offered the 911 Cup 3.8 RSR for customer racing in 1997/98.

  • It was built in 1997/98
  • Only 30 hand-produced copies
  • “Just add driver”

The RSR 993 (officially called the Cup 3.8 RSR) is based on the Cup 993. However, it was further improved with an improved chassis and wider flares of the 993 GT2. This RSR can be considered the last, because it is still an air-cooled, standard version of the 993 series.

Hand assembled: Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 RSR – ©Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

As a customer racing car, the Porsche was intended to be used in 24-hour endurance races such as Daytona, Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans based on the “just add a driver” principle. From the factory, the RSR had an all-welded roll cage, aluminum hood, front wire brush, Bilstein dual-link suspension, ball-and-socket suspension, single-strap racing seat, battery switch, ignition system hot, with a custom front spoiler and adjustable rear wing.

Inside were a few – and noisy – ©Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The 993 RSR was powered by the famous 3.8 liter M64/75 boxer engine, which was from the 993 3.8 RS model, but was planned to be more active on top. Maximum power was 350 hp at 6900 rpm, weight decreased to 1,200 kg. This made it not only a true factory race car with a track-capable weapon, but also the last hand-built 911. Only 30 cars were produced between 1997 and 1998. With a base price of just under 300,000 Deutschmarks, they weren’t cheap either.

The M64/75 was a more aggressive air-cooled boxer – ©Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Most of the cars were definitely ready for the race. But few were also turned for the road; without any insulating material, however, they should only be suitable for relatively long distances. And in fact they are also the same seats.

Intended for racing only: Porsche 911 Cup 3.8 RSR – ©Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

A small series of “rare Porsches” are created here, we have summarized them in a list to see: here. You can find both old and new in the monthly supplement of AUTOMOBIL REVUE. There is a registration: here.