Drifting a Porsche 997 GT3 RS with a Cross-Legged Clutch Kick Is Pure Art

Until a few years ago, there were plenty of enthusiasts who didn't see drifting as a sport, so talking about going sideways being turned into a form of art must still seem ridiculous to some.
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However, there's no better way to describe the slip angle adventures of the Porsche in the video below. This 997.1 GT3 RS was taken to Willow Springs Raceway, where each and every demon Zuffenhausen inserted in the Rennsport machine was put to work for the ultimate sideways purpose.

In fact, some of the Neunelfer's demons were added after the car left the factory and we're talking about stuff such as the sequencial gearbox here. Despite the custom tech work on the GT3 RS, the car doesn't pack the setup that has become the norm in the drifting world - we're referring to this 911 lacking a hydraulic handbrake and the kind of extreme-angle steering setup.

While the steering bit mentioned above would come in handly, a rear-engined creature such as this Porsche can easily enter a slide without the help of the handbrake.

In fact, the driver seems to be prefer using his feet to get the car sideways. Check out the cross-legged clutch kick at the 1:20 point and you'll understand.

And while the footage doesn't allow us to see the what goes on under the car, the way in which the Rennsport machine moves indicates the suspension has seen its fair share of aftermarket work.

Sure, rear-engined machines may allow the driver to initiate a slide without breaking a sweat, but the pendulum effect created by this layout means the driver has limited possibilities, as the point of no recovery comes sooner than it would in the front-engined configuration most drift cars use. Well, you'll have a hard time focusing on this aspect while watching the video below.

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In his quest to bring you the most impressive automotive creations, Andrei relies on learning as a superpower. There's quite a bit of room in the garage that is this aficionado's heart, so factory-condition classics and widebody contraptions with turbos poking through the hood can peacefully coexist.
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