Porsche Motorsport celebrates the 25th anniversary of Manthey-Racing GmbH with an extraordinary special-edition model. With a production run of just 30 cars, the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 was designed and developed by Porsche and Manthey for track days and circuit racing. Like the Porsche 935, that was unveiled in 2018 at Rennsport Reunion VI, this vehicle is also based on the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six twin-turbo engine producing 515 horsepower. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch gearbox (PDK). The distinct design of the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 adopts many vehicle components and elements from familiar and future Porsche racing cars. In terms of technology and aerodynamics, this car bridges the gap between two of the 911 model generations.
Matthias Scholz, Director GT Racing Cars, said: “Porsche Motorsport and Manthey have won many races and championships since the team was founded 25 years ago – for example, seven times at the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring. Since 2013, the two companies have been closely affiliated. With the unique special-edition 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25, this successful partnership has moved to the next level. The 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 benefits from the motor-racing experience which 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 inspiration for the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 came from Manthey’s 911 GT3 R, that Nürburgring fans fondly dubbed “Grello” because of its distinctive green and yellow livery. Deliberately placed accents in these colors underline this. The many enhanced add-on components at the same time reflect the expertise which Manthey has acquired in motorsport over the last quarter-century. Grant Larson, from Style Porsche, added the final optical touch. Larson has designed such legendary racing cars as the 911 RSR, 911 GT3 R, the modern 935 and many more.
High expertise WHICH Manthey has acquired over the last quarter-century
Larson said: “The design of the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 expresses the long-standing collaboration between Porsche Motorsport and Manthey. It amalgamates the respective strengths of each partner into one racing car; and, at the same time, bridges the gap between the 991 and 992 model generations of the 911. Manthey contributed the basic concept and the technical ideas – with Porsche providing the final design. We used the characteristic color scheme of Manthey’s “Grello” to specifically highlight certain functional areas of the vehicle.”
Like the modern Porsche 935, the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport of the type 991 model generation forms the basis for the limited special-edition model. The concept of the centrally-positioned radiator is one of its defining features. It resembles that of the 911 GT3 R race car and has several advantages: its steady optimal airflow keeps the engine temperature stable over a wide speed range, while the repositioning of the radiator ensures better protection against collision damage. The completely-redesigned front apron now features a central inlet to ensure optimal airflow. Like the “Grello”, its double flics on the outside increase downforce on the front axle. Moreover, the vehicle features a closed underbody. Also, the carbon-fiber front lid has been completely redesigned. Like in the 911 GT3 R, its two large vents – separated by a center divider – funnel hot air over the roof to the rear wing. A centrally-positioned NACA duct – combined with the Porsche emblem – supplies fresh air to the cockpit.
911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 features components of the modern 935
With the suspension, 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 features essential components of the modern 935: including the generously dimensioned 18-inch wheels with central-locking lug nuts. In association with the corresponding offsets, this results in a significantly-wider track – compared to the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport. The electronic control systems and steering gear also mirror that of the modern 935.
The rear of the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 has also received extensive modifications: The rear wing features new side plates and swan-neck support brackets, that ensure uninterrupted flow. The particularly wide rear spoiler forms a unit with the body and – like on the modern 935 – serves as a wrap-around separation edge: An element which distinguished Manthey’s first MR model, that was still based on the type 996 generation of the Porsche 911. New ventilation openings in the rear lid below the rear window expedite air circulation in the engine bay of the special model. Manthey optimized the design of the functional diffuser, that provides the framework for the newly-designed exhaust system. The tailpipes represent a visual highlight. The rain taillights meet the current regulatory requirements and are also used in the new 911 GT3 Cup race car (Type 992).
Another milestone in the 25-year history of Manthey
Nicolas Raeder, Managing Director of Manthey-Racing GmbH, said: “With the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 special edition, that 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’. With every modification, technological function always takes priority. That’s why the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 has its very own character, that also reflects our brand values: straightforward and meticulous, flexible and uncompromising.”
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