Officially designated the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25, Porsche created this limited edition, track-only variant of the GT2 RS Clubsport to celebrate 25 Years of Manthey-Racing. Founded in 1996 by racer and winner of the 1990 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship Olaf Manthey, Manthey-Racing is often likened to Porsche’s “skunk works”. Since 2013 Manthey has been responsible for running a GT works competition team for Porsche Motorsport. Often associated with the Nürburgring — they’re based there after all — since 2006 Manthey-Racing have won the Nürburgring 24 Hours seven times and in 2021 set the Nordschleife production car lap record with a 6:38.835 in a Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR. Described by Porsche’s Director GT Racing Cars, Matthias Scholz, as “closely affiliated,” Porsche has owned 51-percent of Manthey-Racing since 2013. So it’s readily apparent why Porsche felt it was time to honor Manthey-Racing with a special variant of the GT2 RS Clubsport, but not one that was simply a cosmetic restyle but rather one that presented technical advances breaking new ground for those privateers interested in track days and circuit racing.
The inspiration for the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 came from Manthey’s 911 GT3 R. Fondly dubbed “Grello” by Nürburgring fans because of its distinctive green and yellow livery, Grant Larson from Style Porsche, designer of such legendary racing cars as the 911 RSR, 911 GT3 R as well as the modern 935, integrated these colors across the exterior of the car. Larson said that, “We used the characteristic color scheme of Manthey’s “Grello” to specifically highlight certain functional areas of the vehicle.” Manthey’s motorsport expertise, honed over the last quarter-century, inspired the enhanced components of the bodywork.
A characteristic feature of the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25, and of most Porsches for that matter, are the racing headlights featuring a four-stripe design that originates from the Le Mans-winning 911 RSR. They underwent further development specifically for the limited edition Clubsport 25, integrating the blinkers and are particularly proficient in illuminating the track ahead.
The centrally-positioned radiator concept is one of its defining features. Resembling that of the 911 GT3 R, it has several advantages: a steady, optimal airflow keeps the engine temperature stable over a wide range of track speeds, while the repositioning of the radiator ensures better protection against collision damage. Just like on Manthey-Racing’s “Grello,” the double flicks on the outside of the bumper increase downforce on the front axle, and the car features a closed underbody. The carbon fiber front hood has also been completely redesigned. Similar to 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 racing cockpit.
Thanks to the new central radiator concept, the radiators in the fender wells could be eliminated. This improved clean airflow to the front brakes, which maintain stable temperatures for longer. As with the 2019 935, the flared fenders exhaust the hot air through vertical vents by the leading edge of the front doors. A horizontal dividing bar in the vent is finished in Grello colors – a styling feature that is also seen within the flared fender openings at the rear. These are connected to the front fenders by a deep aerodynamic door sill reminiscent of the original 935 from 1976.
The rear of the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 also received extensive modification. The rear wing features dual cutting-edge swan-neck support brackets ensuring uninterrupted flow, with the rear wing side plates receiving aerodynamic enhancements. The particularly wide rear wing forms a complete unit with the body and, again similar to the 2019 935, serves to create a wrap-around separation edge. Redesigned vents in the rear engine lid below the rear window expedite air circulation in the engine compartment. Manthey-Racing optimized the design of the functional diffuser, providing space for the newly designed exhaust system. Unique tailpipes are a visual highlight and the required rear-facing rain lights meet the current regulations and are also used in the current 992-generation 911 GT3 Cup.
The suspension of the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 features much of the componentry from the 2019 935 including the 18 inch center-lock BBS wheels. These wheels offer a significantly wider track compared to the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport. The electronic control systems and steering rack also come from the modern 935.
Each 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 received a dash-mounted “25 Jahre Manthey-Racing” limitation plaque. This Clubsport 25 is number 05 of the 30 produced for 2022 and is offered in as-delivered condition with 91 testing and delivery kilometers on its digital dashboard. It includes many of its original Porsche delivery items including service tools and technical literature in a Porsche Motorsport binder. This car’s offering truly is an unrepeatable occurrence as all three examples for the U.S. market were spoken for almost immediately, this is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a piece of Porsche and motorsport history.