2018 LA Auto Show: Porsche unveils track-only 911 GT2 RS Clubsport race version

Article by Christian A., on December 10, 2018

German sports car maker Porsche is making its presence the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show felt further by unveiling to the global public its new Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport. If you’re familiar with the street-legal yet track-focused outgoing 991-generation of the 911 GT2 RS, then the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport is basically its racing version.

As racing version, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport can only be driven on the tracks, which means that this race car is the carmaker’s newest attempt to lure in racing enthusiasts. The 911 GT2 RS Clubsport can be raced at clubsport-style events, including those organized by Porsche Club of America, as well as at a possible future racing series organized by SRO.

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport shouldn’t be mistaken for the no-cost optional Club Sport package offered for the 911 GT2 RS in Europe, but not in the United States. There are a number of differences, but we would focus only on the Clubsport model, not the package.

Both the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and the street-legal 911 GT2 RS are powered by the same rear-mounted 3.8-liter flat-six twin-turbo engine that delivers 700 PS (515 kW or 690 hp) of max motive power as well as 750 Nm (550 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This amount of power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed Porsche dual clutch gearbox (PDK) , with the shifting done through the ergonomically positioned shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Stopping power comes courtesy of six-piston aluminum monobloc racing calipers on the front axle with internally ventilated and grooved 390-mm steel brake discs, as well as four-piston calipers on the rear with 380-mm discs.

Both the track-only Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and the street-legal 911 GT2 RS comes equipped with PSM (Porsche Stability Management) including traction control as well as an anti-lock braking system (ABS). These assistance systems can be adjusted individually or even switched off completely through a map switch on the center console.

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport adopts the carbon steering wheel and color display of the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 R. Safety is ensured by a massive safety cage, a racing bucket seat and a six-point safety harness, while interior comfort is guaranteed by air conditioning.

Since most of the equipment and features have been stripped away or enhanced, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport (1,390 kg or 3,064 lbs) is much lighter than the 911 GT2 RS (1,470 kg or 3,241 lbs).Interested clients can now order the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport from EUR405,000 excluding country-specific VAT. First customers will receive their 911 GT2 RS Clubsport in May 2019 at exclusive delivery events.

Press Release

Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport with 700 hp

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)

Concept:
• Single-seater near-standard non-road-homologated race car
• Basis: Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2)

Weight/dimensions:
• Weight: ca. 1,390 kg
• Length: 4,743 mm
• Width: 1,978 mm
• Total height: 1,359 mm
• Wheelbase: 2,457 mm

Engine:
• 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

Transmission:
• 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

Bodywork:
• 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

Suspension:
Front axle:
• 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

Rear axle:
• 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

Brakes:
Brake system:
• Two separate brake circuits for front and rear axles; adjustable via brake balance bar system

Front axle:
• 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

Rear axle:
• 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

Electrical system:
• 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

Rims/Tyres:
Front axle:
• One-piece light-alloy forged wheels; 10.5J x 18 offset 28 with centre-locking nut; Michelin transport tyres 27/65-R18

Rear axle:
• One-piece light-alloy forged wheels; 12.5J x 18 offset 46 with centre-locking nut; Michelin transport tyres 31/71-R18

Colour:
White water-based paint

Vehicle price:
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

Source: Porsche

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