We’ve seen lots of great in car footage of the legendary Walter Rohrl over the years here in The Garage. There has been uphill, downhill, pavement and gravel. Porsche, BMW and Audi. Two wheel driven and four. I don’t think however that we’ve ever been blessed with footage of him in the wet.
Not only is Rohrl one of Porsche’s official test drivers, but he likely has more laps of the Nurburgring under his belt than anyone else, alive or dead. In 2010 24 hour race at The Green Hell in May, Rohrl will be sharing a stock 911 GT3 RS with DTM legend Roland Asch and journalists Horst von Saurma-Jeltsch and Chris Harris. Part of the reason Porsche has such a winning history is testing, testing and more testing.
With a need to ensure the stock car is up to the rigours of endurance racing, you can be sure that Porsche has Rohrl running many, many laps of The Ring in as many different conditions as possible. In the excellent in car video after the break, we see the master at work in the rain.
Of course we see lots of tiny steering wheel inputs as Rohrl makes small corrections but what strikes me as incredible is how gentle he is with the throttle. It is almost as if there is an egg between his foot and the throttle. The resulting drive is surprisingly drama free for a 911 in the wet.
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