Heard about the Porsche-Manthey Racing partnership ever in your life? Of course, you have! We reported back in June that the folks at Manthey Racing let their magic unfold as Porsche set a new record for its 911 GT2 RS. Now, here’s a quick question – what’s faster than that brilliant piece of machinery? A 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, that’s what!
It’s all cool and everything, but what’s cooler is this limited-run special edition! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Manthey Racing, Porsche has announced that 30 lucky buyers would be able to get their hands on this marvelous creation. The Clubsport 25 model features a bespoke livery inspired from Grello, Manthey’s brightly illuminated 911 GT3 race car.
Matthias Scholz, Director, GT Racing Cars, explains that the Manthey partnership has yielded many motorsport triumphs, and says that “the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 benefits from the motor racing experience that Manthey and Porsche Motorsport have gained around the world. It is the perfect circuit racing car for ambitious private drivers, and it’s an impressive example of engineering skill.”
The Clubsport 25 happens to be built to bridge the gap between itself and the current, 992-gen as far as tech and aero go. Power is derived from 3.8L, twin-turbo, flat-six motor producing 691hp as the power is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed PDK ‘box.
If you have been fortunate enough, you would realize that the design somewhat mirrors the special 935 track car. One of the many defining features includes a centrally-positioned radiator which provides for a steady, optimal airflow keeping the engine temperature stable over a wide speed range, while the repositioning of the radiator also ensures better protection against collision damage.
The front-end is also completely redesigned to allow for better airflow, while the vehicle now features a closed underbody. And how could you not see that massive rear wing. Thanks to a new and improved cooling concept, the radiators in the wheel arches could be dispensed with, meaning improved direct airflow to the front brakes, which maintain stable temperatures for longer, just a few of Porsche’s numerous modifications to the car inside and out.
Suspension-wise, the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 features essential components of the modern 935 including the 18-inch rims with central locking capabilities. The electronic control systems and steering gear also mirror that of the modern 935. The rear too has received extensive modifications – the rear wing features new side plates and swan-neck support brackets which ensure an uninterrupted flow.
The design of the functional diffuser has also been optimized to allow for the framework of the newly designed exhaust system, while the tailpipes represent a visual highlight. The rain taillights also meet the current regulatory requirements and are also used in the new 911 GT3 Cup (Generation 992).
Lastly, perhaps one of the most notable changes include the four-stripe design on the headlights inspired by the Le Mans-winning 911 RSR, “they underwent further development specifically for the special model and are particularly efficient in illuminating the track.” Furthermore, the inside includes the welded-in safety cage adopted from the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and complies with the FIA standards.
“With the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 special edition, which we designed and developed in conjunction with Porsche Motorsport, we’ve reached another milestone in the 25-year history of Manthey. It’s a perfect example of our guiding principle ‘Closer to Perfection,’” states Nicolas Raeder, Managing Director of Manthey-Racing GmbH.