A few weeks ago we decided that the Porsche 911 GT3 RS was/is our favourite driver’s car of 2010. Quite a few of you had issues with our choice, citing the fact that it is little more than a track day special that has no particular relevance as a road car.
One or two of you even questioned the safety of the GT3 RS as a device to be used on UK roads, mainly because it comes fitted with Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup tyres. These, according to some of you, are so dodgy to use in the rain that Porsche asks all GT3 RS owners sign a disclaimer absolving the company of responsibility in the event of an accident.
So I called Porsche to find out if this is true or not, and it isn’t. There’s no such disclaimer to be signed, not by owners of this car or any other GT3 – RS or otherwise. The man from Porsche told me that our readers might be getting confused with the BMW M3 CSL, which came on similar tyres, and whose owners were apparently invited to sign a disclaimer before they took delivery. But as far as the GT3 or GT3 RS is concerned, there was/is no disclaimer, he said. Not now or at any point in the past.
The reason why is that Porsche is “100 per cent confident that the car is safe to use on the public road” he said. “We did a lot of work with Michelin to get the balance and grip of the Cup tyres to a level that is more than acceptable on a wet or dry road, well beyond speeds that are legal in the UK” he concluded. And let’s face it, to expect anything less from a company such as Porsche would be to misunderstand the way the car industry – and its legal advisers – go about their business in the year 2010.