If the Clubsport Package available for the 911 GT2 RS simply isn’t hardcore enough for your track day ambitions, check this beast out. It’s the full-fat GT2 RS Clubsport, and it’s here to mess you up.
Revealed at the LA Auto Show today and based on the outgoing 991.2-era car, it’s limited to just 200 examples, all of which will sell before the new 992 911 arrives.
While the water-cooled 3.8-litre flat-six at the back is unchanged from the 690bhp, twin-turbo item in the road car, for some reason the wheelbase has expanded by 4mm. It’s also 194mm longer overall, mostly thanks to a huge carbonfibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) rear wing and some minor revisions at the front air inlets.
The differences inside are as dramatic as that wing. Welded into the body is a full roll cage with a removable escape hatch cut into the roof. There’s only one seat and it’s a fixed-back Recaro bucket, natch, with longitudinal adjustment and basic padding. Attached to it is a six-point harness. All of these mods are FIA-compliant.
The same certification goes for the 115-litre ‘safety fuel cell’ with the refuelling nozzle in the bonnet. There’s an air jack system, centre-locking wheel nuts for the 18-inch racing light-alloy wheels, and a fire extinguisher on the kit list as well.
In front of the driver is a steering wheel with shift paddles and a racing-spec instrument cluster from Cosworth. It comes with a data logger, Porsche’s own Sport Chrono ‘watch’ and a ‘vintage finish’ boost gauge. Why not, eh?
Bounce is minimal, taken care of by height-, camber- and track-adjustable MacPherson strut suspension at the front and a MacPherson multi-link setup at the back that can be tweaked the same three ways. Spring rates and ride heights have been track-optimised.
The stoppers are well up to the task. Two separate brake circuits, one each for the front and rear, allow brake balance adjustment between the six-piston aluminium monoblocs at the front and the four-piston items at the back. They grip 390mm and 380mm steel discs respectively and receive greater cooling from optimised (read: larger) brake cooling ducts.
Porsche’s Porsche Stability Management programme has various levels between fully-on and fully-off for those with the skill – or those who feel lucky.
The regular, standard 911 GT2 RS sells in the UK for £207,506 including VAT. We also know the Clubsport package comes at no extra cost (although isn’t FIA-compliant), and here’s where there’s a teensy bit of bad news. The GT2 RS Clubsport costs €405,000. Plus VAT.
Converted to sterling at today’s rates and adding 20 per cent VAT brings the number to £428,960. For that you could have two regular GT2 RSs, say, one in track-biased spec and one in full road trim. We imagine that only Porsche fanatics seriously unconcerned by money need apply, here. Deliveries begin in May 2019.