Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25, Improving on the Best

The 2021 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 is limited edition track-only 911 that improves what is on the best

Not to be outdone, Porsche rolls out a new variant of the 911 that surpasses the most extreme 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25.  Limited to just 30 examples, the Clubsport 25 take over where the Clubsport left off.

Modeled after the Porsche 935, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six twin-turbo engine delivering 700 horsepower, the same one powering the GT2 RS and GT2 RS Clubsport.  Putting all of the power to the rear wheels is a seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission.

The Clubsport 25, a bridge between the generations

The Clubsport 25 incorporates many elements from familiar historical and future Porsche racing cars. This car is designed to bridge the Porsche 991 and 992 in terms of technology and aerodynamics.

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Inspired by a legend

The 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 was inspired by Manthey’s 911 GT3 R, called “Grello” by Nürburgring enthusiasts because of its striking green and yellow livery. At the same time, the numerous upgraded add-on components demonstrate Manthey’s knowledge in motorsport during the last quarter-century.

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The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25, improving upon the best

The 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, like the modern Porsche 935, serves as the foundation for the limited special edition vehicle. One of its distinguishing features is the centrally located radiator. As a result, it has numerous advantages over the 911 GT3 R’s: its constant, ideal airflow keeps the engine temperature consistent over a wide speed range, and the relocation of the radiator guarantees superior crash damage protection.

By relocating the radiators from the wheel arches, the air is allowed to better circulate around the brakes, allowing them to remain at a consistent temperature on an extended basis.

Improved airflow

A central inlet has been added to the entirely reworked front apron to provide maximum airflow. In addition, its twin flics on the outside, like the ‘Grello,’ increase downforce on the front axle.

The front hood, made of carbon fiber, has been rebuilt. Its two enormous vents, separated by a center divider, distribute hot air over the roof to the rear wing, just as the 911 GT3 R. Fresh air is supplied to the cockpit via a centrally located NACA duct adorned with the Porsche symbol.

Suspension components borrowed from the Porsche 935

The suspension of the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 includes crucial components from the current 935, such as the large 18-inch rims with central locking. Compared to the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, this results in a much wider track when combined with the corresponding offsets. The electrical control systems and steering gear are likewise similar to those found in today’s Porsche 935.

Improvements to the rear end

The 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25’s rear end has also been extensively modified. New side plates and swan-neck support brackets in the rear wing enable the unobstructed flow of air. In addition, the rear spoiler is very broad, forming a unit with the body and serving as a wrap-around separating edge, similar to the current 935.

New ventilation apertures aid air circulation in the engine bay of the Clubsport RS in the rear lid below the back window. The functional diffuser, which serves as the basis for the newly designed exhaust system, was optimized by Manthey. The rain tail lights are compliant with current regulations and are also featured on the new 911 GT3 Cup (Generation 992).

What is the history of Manthey-Racing?

Olaf Manthey, a racing driver, formed Manthey-Racing GmbH in 1996, and the company has maintained close links with Porsche ever since. The firm, based in Meuspath near the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, is running the factory Porsche 911 RSR team in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Manthey also competes in the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) and the 24-hour race on the legendary circuit in Germany’s Eifel region with the 911 GT3 R, dubbed “Grello” by local fans.

Like all of their great partners, such as Andial, Porsche invests in their best partners.  In 2013, Porsche bought a 51 percent stake in the company.

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Conclusion

In recent years, Porsche has made limited edition track-only and racing variants of the 911, first with the 935, then with the GT2 RS Clubsport.  Porsche continues the trend with the Clubsport 25.  With that said, I look forward to what Porsche does in the coming years with the 992 as the foundation.

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