Stuttgart — Porsche has announced the release of a limited edition 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 as a tribute to the 25th anniversary of Manthey-Racing GmbH. The new track car will be produced with a production run of 30 vehicles, 6 of which are heading to the United States. Those lucky enough to get their paws on one of these will have to deal with its $620,000 price tag.
A Decades-Old Partnership
Porsche’s relationship with Manthey-Racing goes back to when Olaf Manthey first put together a racing team in the late ‘90s. The team’s success, and their drive for winning caught Porsche’s eyes, which put Manthey and the popular car manufacturer from Stuttgart on a trajectory laden with DTM and 24 Hours of Le Mans victories. When Manthey moved to Nürburgring, it became an important part of the whole Nürburgring experience.
Today, Porsche owns 51% of Manthey’s stock, which meant close cooperation on both a technical and strategic level. Manthey has offered crucial lessons learned from motorsports, allowing Porsche to gain a more complete understanding of how to make their cars better on, and consequently off the track.
911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 — Inspired by a Legend
Porsche’s tribute to one of their closest partners didn’t happen out of the blue. The famous manufacturer took inspiration from “Grello” — Manthey’s now legendary 911 GT3 R. Grello’s distinctive livery that consists of green and yellow color schemes can also be found on the 25th anniversary Clubsport.
Under the hood, there’s a flat-six 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine that pushes some 515 kW to rear wheels. The car is equipped with Porsche’s proven PDK gearbox, making this tribute build a proper racing platform for track and circuit use.
On the outside, fans of Porsche’s performance cars will notice the centrally positioned radiator, which is an idea lifted from the 911 GT3 R. There’s also the central NACA duct surrounded by wheel arch ducts sitting on both sides of the radiator. Such an unconventional layout (for Porsche) allows for better cooling of the brakes that are now in the direct path of oncoming air.
The Lucky 6
With the announcement of the car being released, Porsche has also laid out the delivery plan for all 30 cars that will be produced. Of them, only 6 will cross the pond and find their way into the hands of US owners.
The price tag for a Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25 is $620,000 at the moment, making it a collector’s item right off the bat. With that said, the lucky 6 who manage to get this car will own an authentic piece of Porsche’s motorsports history.