We all thought the last variants of the 991 generation 911 had already rolled out as the 992 chassis has been on the market for quite some time now, but it appears Porsche is rolling the old faithful on for another few months with this last 30-unit run of a special edition race-track-only model. Built as a celebration of Manthey Racing’s 25th anniversary, the GT2 RS Clubsport 25 is a collaboration between Porsche and the racing concern for track days and racing. Similar to 2018’s Porsche 935, the Clubsport 25 is also based on the GT2 RS Clubsport. The car is powered by the same 700-ish horsepower monster 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox. Where it differs, however, is with a new set of technological advancements and further modernized aerodynamic bodywork. Porsche says this model will ‘bridge the gap’ between 991 and 992 generations.
“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,” explains Matthias Scholz, Director GT Racing Cars. “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 design of the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 expresses the long-standing collaboration between Porsche Motorsport and Manthey,” emphasizes Style Porsche’s Grant Larson. “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.”
The Clubsport 25 will feature many of the suspension components from the 935, and the bodywork will extend much further than the GT2 RS Clubsport upon which both are based, allowing for much wider 18″ wheels and tires. When compared with other fast 911s, the new Clubsport 25 should be the fastest customer available car yet around pretty much any race circuit. In conjunction with the new aero, which includes a new swan-neck wing, a deeper diffuser, and a central-mounted radiator with extraction vents in the hood, this is going to be one fast machine ready to take on whatever track you want to throw it at. The welded-in safety cage, has been carried over directly from the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and complies with 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. “With every modification, technological function always takes priority. That’s why the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 has its very own character, which also reflects our brand values: straightforward and meticulous, flexible and uncompromising.”
Porsche will ship 30 of these units worldwide. Six of them are allocated for the North American market. If you want to be one of the lucky six, you’ll have to fork over $620,000 plus tax and delivery for the honor. Orders can only be made via email to: 911GT2RSClubsport25@porsche.de. If you order one now, you can expect it to be delivered sometime around January of next year. That might seem like a lot of money for a trackday car, but consider this. The Clubsport 25 is quite similar to the 935 which originally sold for around $800,000, and now trades hands at auction for around 1.5 million. This is a comparative bargain. You can’t really afford NOT to buy one.
Manthey Racing is majority owned by Porsche, and employs around 200 people. The company has made a name for itself by racing at the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring as well as the Nürburgring Endurance Series. Earlier this year the team celebrated its seventh overall N24 victory with Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen, and Matteo Cairoli. For nearly a decade the company has been running Porsche’s factory-based 911 RSR efforts in the FIA WEC, which has brought significant success, including a handful of Le Mans victories and WEC championships.