Porsche has been working closely with the Manthey-Racing team for 25 years. The long-term partnership has now decided to celebrate with an interesting limit.
Porsche has always been associated with the world of motorsport. In the field of circuit racing, he has a long-term collaboration with Olaf Manthey’s team, in which even Porsche holds a majority stake. The 25-year partnership now celebrates the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25, which will be created in just 30 units. It should be a special designed for circuit days and circuit racing.
The celebration of the partnership was the very origin of the car. The Manthey-Racing team designed the basic concept and technical ideas, which were subsequently finalized by Porsche.
As the name implies, the basis is a variant 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, built on the foundations of the last generation 991 (991). However, the car is complemented by elements from the current generation 911 (992), so the novelty in terms of technology and aerodynamics is to serve as a bridge between the two generations of the famous sports car.
The appearance was primarily influenced by the concept of a centrally located radiator, which maintains a stable engine temperature over the entire speed range thanks to optimal airflow. However, the front part has been redesigned for even more optimal airflow. The central NACA opening then brings fresh air into the cockpit. The racing headlights have been optimized for even better lighting of the race track during the night, and the tail “rain” lights then meet the latest safety standards.
The rear has also been completely redesigned, with a newly designed diffuser with a central tailpipe or a pressure spoiler attached from above for better airflow. The new rear cooling vents, in turn, help cool the engine.
By the way, the drive is provided by a double-supercharged six-cylinder boxer type with a volume of 3.8 liters tuned to 515 kW. The power of the unit is sent exclusively to the rear wheels, via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.
The suspension is then based on the modern Porsche 935, which, thanks to the 18 “wheels with a central nut, leads to a wider wheelbase than the basic model. Electronics or controls also come from 935.
The gray body with yellow and green details refers to the Manthey team’s 911 GT3 R, nicknamed Grello (green and yellow), which won the 24 Hours of Nürburgring this year. The interior taken from the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport with a safety cage meets the latest FIA standards.
“It’s a perfect example of our guiding principle, ‘Closer to perfection.’ With every modification, the technological function always takes precedence, ”says Nicolas Raeder, CEO of Manthey-Racing, about the novelty. “It’s the perfect circuit race car for ambitious private drivers,” adds Matthias Scholz, director of the GT race car division at Porsche.
The Manthey-Racing GmbH stable was founded in 1996 by Olaf Manthey, known from the DTM series. The company, based in Meuspath near the famous Nürburgring, now employs 200 people. He takes care of the factory Porsche 911 RSR used in the WEC endurance championship, and has had a number of successes, including seven victories in the famous 24-hour Nürburgring. Since 2013, Porsche has held a 51% stake in the team.