Watch: Porsche 911 GT3 RS versus Corvette C8 track battle
Watch the revolutionary mid-engine Corvette go up against the benchmark for track-focused supercars.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS has long been the benchmark upon which all other track-focused supercars are compared. So, although it’s most certainly not as hardcore as the rear-engine GT3, the brand-new C8 Corvette had to be put up against it and YouTube channel Speed Phenom has set up just that.
The 2020 C8 Corvette is the first in the Corvette dynasty to have the engine fitted behind the driver in a mid-engine configuration. To appease the purists, it still features a bellowing 6.2-litre LT2 V8 sending around 495hp to the rear wheels. The sportscar weighs in at a decent 1,527kg which for an American muscle car isn’t bad at all meaning it should be much better on-track than the 1960’s C1 ‘Vette.
The Porsche used this track battle is a previous 991.2 generation based GT3 RS. It’s powered by a screaming 4.0-litre flat-six mounted out over the rear axle producing 513hp and 470Nm of torque. You may be thinking that those are fairly similar figures to those of the ‘Vette. However, weighing quite a bit less and featuring wings creating downforce, track driving should be much easier in the Porsche.
In the video though, it doesn’t seem like the Porsche manages to escape the crosshairs of the C8. This could be down to varying driver talent; it could also mean the mid-engine aspect of the Corvette makes it easier to drive fast than the rear-engine format of the Porsche. In fact, the lack of weight over the front axle can be a root of understeer at higher speeds.
Either way, both look extremely fun to drive around the Willow Springs Raceway located in Southern California.
A couple of years ago, I would have chosen the Corvette in an instant over the Porsche. However, around the time the 991.1 GT3 came out, I found a love for the Stuttgart brand having finally understood what it was about. The company produces extremely well-made cars that, despite being mass-produced, have tons of character and soul thanks to the screeching six-cylinder engines. Let me know which of these cars you would choose and why.