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.