Porsche’s commitment to its motorsports heritage doesn’t just stay on the race track.
Its road cars exhibit all the technology, but most importantly the passion and excitement of its race cars. Throughout Porsche’s GTS line, the cars exhibit the soul of track-focused racers.
The Carrera GTS, inspired in its own right, has been livened up in the shadow of Porsche Cars North America’s latest gathering. Following Rennsport Reunion V, Porsche has introduced the corresponding edition of the 911 GTS for the North American market.
The Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition will be strictly limited to just 25 cars, wearing a special livery over the donor car, the 430-horsepower GTS. Lower suspension, sport exhaust and the Sport Chrono package outline the list of performance upgrades standard on this variant.
The edition ticks off all the boxes of exclusivity.
But it’s a tall task to match the passion of the Rennsport Reunions.
Monterey, CA is already one of the great pilgrimages for automotive enthusiasts. Every August, the Peninsula hosts its famous “car week” which consists of several events all over throughout the week, ranging from free shows on the street to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the 18th fairway of the course.
However, car week’s hype rises and falls rather quickly given its annual scheduling. Owners and enthusiasts can bank on the saying “there’s always next year,” giving them ample opportunities to experience the automotive chaos. But this year in Monterey, there was more beyond car week at the fifth Porsche Rennsport Reunion.
Porsche Cars North America made it so it’s an event that couldn’t be missed.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the track that hosted the motorsports gathering, states the event occurs “about” every three years, with the last one being in 2011. That’s an extra year beyond the estimation for the event’s occurrence, building up the suspense and anxiousness for owners, drivers and enthusiasts alike.
But following the long hiatus, Rennsport Reunion V came and with it are the most significant Porsches to date. From the 917 to the Carrera GT, from the 918 Spyder to the 911 GT1, every style, function and purpose of Porsche was present, some even piloted by famous Porsche drivers. Seven different racing groups, including 281 cars, took to the arduous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for competition over the three days.
While the racing was no doubt spirited and competitive, many of the festivities involved just casual enjoyment of the Porsche brand. From the Concours on Pit Lane, to the Porsche corrals around the hills of Laguna Seca, to the temporary residents of The Inn at Spanish Bay to the streets of Carmel.
And as Gill Campbell, CEO of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, said, “Let’s do this again in four years.”