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Porsche 911 GT3 Manthey Racing v Spartan – car pictures of the week

In the latest issue of evo, we test Manthey Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 and the Can-Am-inspired Spartan as part of our Track Car of the Year test. These are our favourite shots

There are track cars that double up as do-it-all everyday drivers, and there are those that are purpose-built to deliver the most intense hit of adrenaline possible. The 460bhp, carbon-bodied Spartan certainly falls into the latter category, and with a stiffer, track-honed chassis, Manthey Racing has pushed the 911 GT3 into it too.

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You can read about the two cars in detail by picking up a copy of evo issue 322 in-store, or online via the evo shop

The Spartan is a recent addition to the track car scene, but its inspiration comes from the 1960s – specifically, the fire-spitting Can-Am race cars from that era (and yes, the Spartan does spit flames of its own). With a carbonfibre body it weighs just 745kg (with a full tank of fuel), and its supercharged K24 Honda engine generates 460bhp. You don’t need a calculator to realise that it has a very, very serious power-to-weight ratio. 

The GT3 is much more conventional, but has also been designed with a strict sense of purpose. The Manthey upgrade kit brings new four-way adjustable coilovers, more aggressive aero, lighter OM-1 wheels and uprated brakes. The changes culminate in a stiffer, more aggressive driving experience with even sharper reactions than a standard GT3. 

‘The timed laps in both are tremendously exciting, but in very different ways’, said Richard Meaden. ‘The GT3 MR is a fascinating car. So familiar in some respects – that powertrain! – but very different in others, its agility and fast-twitch response initially feels too much, but once you learn to trust it through the initial ultra-sharp turn-in phase you can carry colossal speed and have it perfectly balanced.’ 

Can either take the 2024 Track Car of the Year crown? Pick up a copy of issue 322 to find out.

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