2023 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport Evo revealed
Track-only 991 GT2 RS derivative receives tweaks to its aerodynamic and safety systems for 2023
Over four years since Porsche launched the track-only 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, the model has now been given a refresh courtesy of Manthey-Racing’s Evo package. Based on the 991-generation 911 GT2 RS road car, the racer is designed for club sport events, track days and use in the GT2 racing series, with just 200 examples sold at an original price of €405,000 (£357k). Altering the car’s aerodynamics, exterior design and safety systems, the Evo package can be equipped to all existing Clubsports at an additional cost.
Without the need to meet on-road homologation, the GT2 RS Clubsport features a raft of carbonfibre components and other track-oriented paraphernalia, increasing downforce while reducing weight. Setting it apart from the road car is a new rear wing, large front intakes, a carbon roof with integrated escape hatch, FIA-approved rain light, carbon bonnet and a race-spec fuel cell capable of accepting rapid refuelling.
While its underpinnings remain unchanged, the Clubsport Evo receives a new front bumper with air intakes designed for improved brake cooling and airflow for the central radiator. The bonnet is also now completely redesigned with a central NACA duct and modified vents, while the new splitter and rear wing gurney flap are said to provide more downforce and a better aero balance.
For greater reliability in hot climates and during extended track sessions, Porsche has also given the Clubsport Evo larger air outlets at the rear to help keep the rear brakes and engine compartment at an optimum temperature. Wider, redesigned 18-inch wheels now sit within wider arches (up 38mm and 13mm front and rear), with freshly designed side skirts bringing the new design together. Combined with tweaks to the dampers, Porsche says tyre wear has improved over the original car, helping buyers achieve faster, more consistent times.
Inside the stripped-out cabin is an FIA-approved roll cage, single racing bucket seat and carbonfibre steering wheel set in front of a colour display borrowed from the GT3 R race car. At 1390kg, the Clubsport is 80kg lighter than the road-going GT2 RS.
Powering the GT2 RS Clubsport Evo is the same water-cooled 3800cc flat-six engine as the road-going GT2 RS. Fitted with two turbochargers, Vario-Cam Plus valve-lift switchover and variable camshaft adjustment, the Evo produces the same 691bhp, too. Connected to the engine is the same seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox.
To keep all that power in check, there’s a PSM stability management setup and an ABS system, both of which can be adjusted manually on the centre console via a pair of rotary controls. The driver can tune these electronics for specific track conditions and their own skill level.
Michael Dreiser, Head of Porsche Motorsport Sales, said: ‘Back in 2019, with the introduction of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, Porsche was one of the pioneers for the revival of the GT2 class in motorsport. We still see the development in this category as positive and want to give our customers the opportunity to continue driving at the top of the GT2 segment with the Evo-Kit for the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport.’
The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport Evo made its track debut at Monza as part of the European Fanatec GT2 series.