ALMS driver Johannes van Overbeek compares GT2 RS and GT3 RS

Video: GT2 RS vs. GT3 RS 14
Photo by Pete Stout
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ALMS driver Johannes van Overbeek provided a good control for evaluating the on-track abilities of the GT2 RS and GT3 RS. Photo by Pete Stout
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Photo by Pete Stout
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Imagine what passersby were thinking when they stumbled upon this scene; you're probably right. Photo by Pete Stout
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Photo by Pete Stout
Video: GT2 RS vs. GT3 RS 2
Photo by Pete Stout
Video: GT2 RS vs. GT3 RS 9
Photo by Pete Stout
Video: GT2 RS vs. GT3 RS 15
Photo by Pete Stout
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Photo by Pete Stout
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Photo by Pete Stout
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Photo by Pete Stout
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Photo by Damon Lowney
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Photo by Damon Lowney

The first 2011 GT2 RS press car to make it into the U.S. recently spent a week with Excellence, arriving at our Bay Area offices with a little over 50 miles on the odometer and a 997-2 GT3 RS. We spent a week driving them on some of the state’s best roads and in its best park. (Laguna Seca is technically a county park…)

At Laguna Seca, American Le Mans Series driver Johannes van Overbeek helped us to test both cars’ on-track abilities. We came away with some lap times that objectively demonstrate what an owner gets after he or she pays $110,000 for Porsche to strap a turbocharger and an extra 170 horsepower to the back of a GT3 RS. For our official lap times and comparison tests pick up the August 2011 issue of Excellence, #193.

Meanwhile, enjoy the videos below, which show in-car views of both cars’ fastest laps, Johannes van Overbeek’s thoughts on them, and how traffic becomes a non-issue in the GT2 RS.

GT3 RS: Fastest Lap

GT2 RS: Fastest Lap

Johannes van Overbeek: GT2 RS vs. GT3 RS

GT2 RS: Passing Traffic — The Easy Way

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