A Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport comes face to face with its Doppelganger…

The morning of June 16, 2012 saw the return of the rare, mexico blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport to Cars&Coffee/Irvine. However, parked and lurking amongst the Porsche faithful was a hidden doppelgänger; a rare example of a full race Porsche 993 Carrera RS Cup Car. Webster’s dictionary defines doppelgänger as a ghostly counterpart; double; alter ego. These three definitions could not have more accurately described the early morning encounter between these two Porsches…

And with a little jockeying, suddenly the two cars were parked side by side, each representing examples from the highly developed 993 Carrera RS DNA strand. Both the 993 Carrera RS and the Club Sport variants were built to fulfill the homologation requirements necessary for Porsche to produce their ultimate type 993 genetic offering; the full race Carrera Cup car. Powered by a 3.8 liter air-cooled six cylinder motor producing 305 horsepower, these became the largest air-cooled flat six motors to be built and sold by Porsche. And for those who were fortunate enough to attended Porsches Rennsport Reunion IV back in October, you may recognize this red # 9 Carrera RS Cup car as  having been one of the competitors from the weekends Group 6 – Cayman Interseries / 911 Invitational races.

The following photos are a brief glimpse of this rare encounter between the two Porsche Carrera RS models…

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport and its red 993 doppelganger_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

A pair of Porsche 993 Carrera RS _rear wing silhouettes_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport and its red 993 doppelganger_3/4rear view _Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Red Porsche 993 Carrera RS Cup car_ rear view_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport and its red 993 doppelganger_ dual rear views_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Mexico Blue Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport and its red 993 doppelganger_ dual rear view/rear deck wings_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

2 Porsches at rest _Mexico blue Carrera RS Club sport and Red Carrera RS Cup car_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

And just as quickly as they had appeared, with a twist of their keys, both were brought to life and soon departing, under escort from a trio of early model Porsche 911s…

Porsche convoy_'73 911,  993 Carrera RS club sport, red 993 Cup car, red 911S_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16, 2012

Single file Porsche convoy _993s and 911s_Cars&Coffee/Irvine_June 16. 2012

(All photos by the author)


12 thoughts on “A Porsche 993 Carrera RS Club Sport comes face to face with its Doppelganger…

  1. Very interesting, thank you for the great photos!
    In the third to last photo, I noticed that the crossbars of the rollcage seem to be a little different. The one in the red RS seems to have a little higher angle than the one of the blue RS. I guess I am wrong since the rollcage was put in by Porsche in the factory, yet it does look a little different. These are 1996-97 models, right? I think, converting from german PS to hp, these made 310 hp (315 PS, 5 more than the 1995-96), please correct me if I’m wrong.
    Keep up the great work! All the best from Germany!

    • Hi Heiko,
      Thank you for the feedback, and good catch on the roll cage diagonal cross bar.
      The red Cup car’s crossbrace was positioned at a much more severe angle than the one in the blue car. The red Cup car was identified as a 1998 model in the Rennsport Reunion IV program, so perhaps Porsche revised the cross brace orientation slightly from their initial design back in 1994. (I’ll have to ask some of my friends who know the owner, regarding the roll cage and if it has been modified beyond what the factory designed).
      As far as the 3.8 liter motor and horsepower ratings, obviously my source underestimated the output.
      Either way, these motors were beasts and still are today.
      Thanks again for your email and Regards,

      • Hi Chris,
        thank you for the additional info. I am not an expert on these things, I am only an interested amateur, so I was curious about the rollcage and the output of the engine. I didn’t want to sound like a smartass there 🙂
        And I totally agree.. these 911 go way better than the 310 hp might sound.

      • Hi Heiko,
        No offense taken, I appreciate your feedback, and input.
        I try to be as accurate as possible regarding the information in my posts, but always welcome feedback in the event of any inaccuracy.
        And thank you for taking time to following my blog. I hope you continue to enjoy my postings.

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