First Drive: 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, R&T

Porsche’s Weissach test track is an especially pernicious snake’s nest of asphalt in the hills above Stuttgart. It is the proving ground for the unfathomable quantities of new products and technologies developed within Porsche’s R&D headquarters. The place is huge and, judging by the canopy of cranes, still growing.

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I once asked R&D boss man Wolfgang Hatz what made Weissach so special. He paused and said: “It is one of the few places on earth where you can build an entire car without leaving the facility. The whole car, from the first components to testing it on circuit.”

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Weissach is as much a part of company legend as Fiorano is for Ferrari, but for quite different reasons. This is a proving ground, not a racetrack. It is in constant use, and because there is no runoff, Porsche doesn’t often introduce new models to the media here. Today it’s made an exception. I have two hours to drive the new 911 GT3 RS around Weissach. Each of the corners is allegedly named after the Porsche executive who crashed there. Helpful intel, that.

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