UPDATE: Live photos of the GT2 RS Clubsport from the Los Angeles Auto Show are now in the gallery below.
Porsche unveiled the new 911 last night ahead of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, but the automaker is keen to show the world the outgoing model isn’t dead yet. There’s a new race version of the ferocious 911 GT2 RS ready to scorch tracks around the world, and it’s called the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport. In short, it’s everything you love about the road-going GT2 RS wrapped in a package with more bite.
Gallery: Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
That means the 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat six holds the line with 700 horsepower (515 kilowatts), just like you get in the street version. The power goes through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that the driver manages via paddle shifters, turning wide 310-millimeter rear wheels. Six-piston race-spec brake calipers with 15-inch rotors handle the stopping duties in front, while four-piston calipers and slightly smaller rotors hide beneath the wheels at the back. Considering the Clubsport weighs 1,390 kilograms (3,064 pounds), that should be plenty of braking power.
When it’s time to turn laps, traction and stability management systems are included in the race package to help the driver keep the rear-engined thoroughbred under control. It’s the same setup you get in the road-going version, however, new switches on the center console allow the driver to easily adjust or shut the systems off completely, all on-the-fly.
Speaking of the driver, the cockpit is all-business as you’d expect with just a single seat and a whopping big roll cage. The carbon steering wheel and digital instrument display are borrowed from the 911 GT3 R, and naturally, a six-point racing harness pins the driver firmly in the seat. The GT2 RS Clubsport isn’t completely uncivilized, however – air conditioning is still available to help keep the driver cool when the racing action heats up.
Porsche is planning to build just 200 cars, which owners can run at clubsport events and some international events. The specifics of that are apparently still in the works, but given Porsche’s track record (pun intended) don’t be surprised to see these cars competing in a variety of events.
Live Photo Credit: Andrew T. Maness / @TheRoadLessDriven / Motor1.com
Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport with 700 hp
Stuttgart. Near standard and yet spectacular – the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport celebrated its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 515 kW (700 hp) racing version of the road-legal 911 GT2 RS* sports car is limited to 200 units and can be run at clubsport events as well as selected motorsport meets. “For the upcoming years, our customers will not only race the GT2 RS Clubsport on track days but also at international motor racing events. We are currently holding very productive talks with the race organiser SRO,” says Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars.
The technology of the race car from Weissach is based on the high-performance 911 GT2 RS sports car, just like in the 935, which Porsche unveiled nine weeks ago. Both share the same engine as their road-legal relative: a state-of-the-art 3.8-litre flat-six twin-turbo motor. Power from the rear engine is transferred via a rigidly mounted seven-speed Porsche dual clutch gearbox (PDK) to the 310-millimetre-wide rear wheels. Like in all other racing versions of the 911, the driver changes gears via ergonomically positioned shift paddles on the steering wheel. The positioning of the engine behind the rear axle ensures excellent traction and braking performances. Six-piston aluminium monobloc racing callipers on the front axle in combination with internally ventilated and grooved steel brake discs with a 390-millimeter diameter provide excellent deceleration values at the front axle. The rear axle is fitted with four-piston callipers and 380-millimeter discs.
Like the road-legal 911 GT2 RS, the 1,390-kilogram Clubsport version is equipped with PSM (Porsche Stability Management) including traction control as well as an anti-lock braking system (ABS). Thanks to a so-called map switch positioned on the centre console, these assistance systems can be adjusted separately or switched off completely, depending on the driving situation.
The carbon steering wheel and the colour display behind it have been taken from the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 R model. A massive safety cage combined with a racing bucket seat and a six-point safety harness ensure maximum safety. Air conditioning provides optimal cooling of the interior.
The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport can be ordered now from 405,000 Euro plus country-specific VAT. Customers will receive their vehicles from May 2019 at exclusive delivery events.
Technical description Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport (Type 991, Gen. 2)
• Single-seater near-standard non-road-homologated race car
• Basis: Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2)
• Weight: ca. 1,390 kg
• Length: 4,743 mm
• Width: 1,978 mm
• Total height: 1,359 mm
• Wheelbase: 2,457 mm
• Water-cooled 6-cylinder aluminium twin-turbo rear-mounted boxer engine and rigid suspension; 3,800 cc; stroke 77.5 mm; bore 102 mm; ca. 515 kW (700 hp)
• 4-valve technology with camshaft adjustment and valve-lift switchoverVario-Cam Plus
• Electronic engine management (Continental SDI 9)
• DMSB-approved 100-cell metal catalytic converter
• Rear silencer with twin tailpipes mounted centrally
• 7-speed PDK gearbox with rigid suspension and short throw
• Dual mass flywheel
• Internal pressurised oil lubrication with active oil cooling
• Limited slip differential optimised for racing
• Weight-optimised bodyshell in aluminium-steel composite design
• CFRP motorsport rear wing
• Enlarged air inlets with integrated LED headlights in 4-point design
• CFRP roof with removable escape hatch complying with FIA Art. 275a
• Lightweight CFRP front hood with quick release catches
• Removable CFRP rear hood with quick release catches
• 115-litre FT3 safety fuel cell, refuelling through the front hood
• Welded-in safety cage
• Recaro racing bucket seat with longitudinal seat adjustment and padding system in accordance with FIA Standard 8862/2009
• 6-point safety harness
• Air jack system (three jacks)
• Fire extinguishing system with electronic release unit
• McPherson suspension strut; adjustable height, camber and track, optimised stiffness with high-performance spherical bearings, centre-locking wheel nuts; 3-way racing dampers, reinforced tie-rod; electro-mechanical power steering with variable steering ratio; blade anti-roll bar
• McPherson multi-link rear axle; adjustable height, camber and track, optimised stiffness with high-performance spherical bearings, centre-locking wheel nuts; 3-way racing dampers, reinforced tie-rod, blade anti-roll bar
• Two separate brake circuits for front and rear axles; adjustable via brake balance bar system
• Six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers with anti-knock-back piston springs; steel brake discs, internally ventilated with 390 mm diameter, racing brake pads, optimised brake cooling ducts
• Four-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers with anti-knock-back piston springs; steel brake discs, internally ventilated with 380 mm diameter, racing brake pads, optimised brake cooling ducts
• Instrument cluster consisting of COSWORTH ICD with integrated data logger, sport Chrono watch and boost gauge in a vintage finish
• Removable Porsche steering wheel with shift paddles
• PSM (Porsche Stability Management) with ABS, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control (able to be completely switched off)
• Centre console with map switch to adjust the ABS, ESC, TC and switch between preset tyre circumferences
• Porsche Track Precision Race App
• Integrated lap trigger
• Lightweight lithium-ion (Li-Fe-Po-) battery, 60 Ah, leakproof, mounted in passenger footwell
• Emergency cut-off switch in cockpit and outside left of the windscreen
• Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
• Air conditioning
• One-piece light-alloy forged wheels; 10.5J x 18 offset 28 with centre-locking nut; Michelin transport tyres 27/65-R18
• One-piece light-alloy forged wheels; 12.5J x 18 offset 46 with centre-locking nut; Michelin transport tyres 31/71-R18
White water-based paint
405,000 Euro plus country-specific VAT. Delivery from May 2019
*911 GT2 RS: combined fuel consumption 11.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 269 g/km