Aside from the new 992-gen Porsche 911, Porsche also unveiled another 911 model at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and this one is based on the now-old 991-gen 911. Confused? Don’t be, because the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport is essentially a track-only version of the current 911 GT2 RS.
That’s right, Porsche’s most powerful 911 has been turned into something you can’t legally use on the road but is more than ready to be brought to track days as well as international motor racing events.
Mechanically, the race car from the road shares the same 3.8 litre twin-turbo flat-six engine (700 PS and 750 Nm of torque) and seven-speed PDK with a regular 911 GT2 RS and the exquisite 935. Power goes to the rear wheels, which on the Clubsport are 310 mm-wide slicks because race car.
In terms of braking, the Clubsport gets six-piston aluminium monobloc racing callipers on the front axle and four-piston callipers at the rear, similar to the GT2 RS However, unlike the road car, the brake discs are steel rather than ceramic, and smaller in this application, measuring 390 mm at the front and 380 mm at the rear.
While you may lament at the downgraded brakes, keep in mind that the Clubsport weighs just 1,390 kg, which is about 80 kg less than the road car. Porsche made sure to strip as much as the interior as possible while introducing racing-related items like a full roll cage, a racing steering wheel from the 911 GT3 R, a solitary bucket seat with a six-point safety harness, Cosworth ICD and a 115-litre FT3 safety fuel cell.
Thankfully, Porsche has decided not to omit certain features that its customers might enjoy, like the air-conditioning system because it gets hot at race tracks sometimes. The PSM (Porsche Stability Management) system, traction control and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are also retained but can be switched off completely by those who have total faith in their driving ability.
More changes are found on the exterior, with that oversized carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) rear wing being the most obvious. Other CFRP parts include the roof with escape hatches, front and rear hoods with quick release catches and an air jack system.
The price of ownership isn’t cheap, as the Clubsport goes for 405,000 euros (RM1,924,053) and just 200 units will be made. Deliveries are slated to start from May 2019, so you may want to get your order in as soon as possible.
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