One of the most successful Porsche prototype racing cars in Porsche history is on the block at Gooding and Company. This listing is the first appearance of an RS Spyder at public auction, and the web it’s weaving is sure to catch more than its share of car enthusiasts.
Porsche walked away victorious from the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans thanks to its 911 GT1. What followed was a seven year hiatus. But in 2005, Porsche stormed back onto the field with a new sports prototype, the Type 9R6—more commonly known as the RS Spyder. The Spyder was designed to compete in the top category of Le Mans Prototype 1, rather than their traditional Le Mans Prototype 2.
The Spyder featured many qualities meant to put it on the top of the pedestal. The chassis was built of a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque. The body was carbon fiber and Kevlar. The engine was a 3.4 liter four-cam V* that produced 478 horsepower. All that power was delivered via a six-speed electropneumatic sequential gearbox. A fully independent pushrod-activated suspension was added along with carbon ceramic disc brakes.
The car went on to have a winning career, after which it was meticulously maintained before being sent to auction. Being one of only 15 RS Spyders built during 2006 and 2008, this is a rare find.