"Really skilled drivers have smashed bugs on their side windows too"
Walter Rohrl Will Tackle Nurburgring 24 Hour Race In Porsche 911 GT3 RS
a "Genius on Wheels", "Lord of the 'Ring" and "Best Rallye driver ever". In recent years, he has been retained as the senior test driver for Porsche road cars, famously setting quick laptimes for them testing round the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, for example with the Porsche Carrera GT.
Röhrl, now 62, is currently the brand’s ambassador and key test driver. In his latest endeavor with Porsche, the racing legend will compete in the Nurburgring 24 hour race in May next year using a regular 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It will also mark Röhrl’s return to Germany's largest racing event since last competing in 1993.
From 1993 to date, Röhrl has conducted tests in every standard Porsche vehicle on the Nürburgring. For Röhrl, the latest 911 GT3 RS is the closest road-going 911 to an actual race car that he has ever driven.
The 2010 Porsche 911 GT RS is powered by a 450 horsepower 3.8-liter flat-six engine and features a particularly short transmission ratio for racing purposes as a standard.
The 38th running of the Nurburgring 24 hour race takes place on 15-16 May 2010.