As a Porsche fanatic, you probably already know about Manthey Racing. The racing team company based at the Nurburgring has been made a subsidiary of Porsche in recent years, and currently runs Zuffenhausen’s 911 RSR program in FIA WEC competition. It also built the street-legal body kit that helped the 991 GT2 RS achieve the fastest production car record around the Nordschleife. It’s fair to say that Manthey knows a few things about building fast Porsches.
So when the company dropped the first images of this blue beauty this week, we knew that it’d be an amazing piece of kit. If you have a 992 GT3, and you’re not prepared to wait for the next GT3 RS, here’s your opportunity to build on the awesomeness of the GT3 with an even more track-focused aero, suspension, and brake upgrade package.
Let’s start with the aero. The biggest news is the giant wing at the rear. Similar to the wings you find on Porsche’s motorsport division cars these days, it carries a “swan neck” upright and adjustable foil for lots of downforce if you need it. There’s also a new splitter, a new diffuser, cannards, and aero disks for the rear wheels. Of course the wheels are bespoke for the Manthey kit, and the disks on the rear of the car are said to cut down on rear air flow deformation, allowing for smoother flow over the rear wing, meaning you get more downforce without the drag of a larger wing.
After that, it’s the typical track toy adjustments. Manthey co-developed a coilover kit for this car with KW Suspension to give the car absolute four-way adjustability for precision tuning. And the brakes are seriously beefed up in the form of more track-oriented pads and stainless braided brake hoses. I mean, they aren’t going to do much improvement over Porsche’s already impressive carbon ceramics, but the pads are less street oriented than what comes on the car from the factory.
“Our goal of improving the performance of the Porsche GT models even further for track use, without making too many changes to the car’s essential DNA, and, at the same time, coming up with an attractive package for customers who love to drive on the track, has meant a lot of work for us with the new model,” said the company’s chief of development, Stefan Mages. “Alongside the performance, I’m also really pleased with the car’s appearance.”
I think my favorite part of this package is that the naturally aspirated 4-liter flat-six engine stays exactly as it rolled down the assembly line. There is no boost in power, not even a single horsepower more. Manthey looked at that 503 horsepower engine and decided it was plenty up to the task of going fast on track. I mean, the PDK-equipped model runs from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, and there’s very little reason you’d need to go quicker than that, even on the race track.
This is a very cool package from a very cool company for a very cool car. If you have a GT3 already and you want to differentiate yours from all of the other GT3s in your neighborhood, you could order up the Manthey Racing package. But really, you should only do that if you plan to take your GT3 to the race track and use it for what it was built to do.