2019 Porsche 911 GT2RS Clubsport
- Year of manufacture2019
- Car typeOther
- Lot number141
- Exterior colourOther
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Abu Dhabi event, 30 November 2019.
$450,000 - $650,000
- Presented in Rothmans livery
- One of just 200 built
- As-new throughout, with zero miles
The 911 GT2 RS Clubsport was unveiled alongside the new 992 series of 911 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. It is the swansong for the 991 series and is an extremely low-production-volume, track-only, fully optimised racing version of the road-going 911 GT2 RS. It is the most powerful GT customer sports car Porsche has ever built and intended to be the ultimate turnkey racing car for track days and factory-backed Clubsport events at circuits around the world.
Like the GT2 RS, the engine is a 3.8-litre, twin-turbocharged, horizontally opposed, flat six-cylinder engine, producing a staggering 700 bhp and 750 Nm of torque, and is equipped with an onboard water spray system to cool the charge air—a first for a production Porsche. The PDK transmission is also shared between the two cars, with drive being channelled instantly to the rear axle and controlled via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Unlike the GT2 RS, though, the Clubsport benefits from a freer-flowing, unique exhaust system, whilst the entire car is also assembled in Porsche’s dedicated motorsport facility at Flacht, alongside the 911 GT3 Cup, 911 RSR, and, until recently, the Le Mans–winning 919 Hybrid. The chassis therefore benefits from being honed and tuned on the adjacent Weissach test track and features a raft of improvements over the road car. Perhaps the most significant is the use of forged suspension links on both axles and three-way adjustable dampers, which allow owners to tune the car’s characteristics and handling profile to suit differing circuits and driving styles.
Tipping the scales at just 1,390 kg, the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport is only 75 kg lighter than the GT2 RS, the result of a concerted effort to remove unnecessary equipment and utilise lightweight materials wherever possible. This is most evident in the bodywork, where carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic is used for the roof, front bonnet, front bumper, doors, tail section, and rear engine cover. Even the battery is a featherweight racing unit. The cabin, too, is a no-frills motorsport affair, fully stripped out and featuring a removable carbon racing wheel from the 911 GT3 R, a Cosworth intelligent colour display, an onboard data logger, integrated roll cage, and FIA-approved six-point safety harness for the fixed Recaro bucket seat. The standard GT2 RS’s infotainment system is also replaced by a bespoke racing centre console that houses driver-adjustable dials for the ABS braking and electronic stability control and traction control systems.
There are also unique exterior features that scream motorsport, including aerodynamic modifications that are the result of an extensive wind-tunnel programme specifically for the Clubsport: a massive fixed wing that dominates the rear of the car, and carbon dive planes at the front that generate as much downforce as possible. Mechanical grip is also transformed by the more aggressive suspension setup and the use of racing slick tyres on the lightweight, central-locking motorsport wheels, themselves easy to swiftly be changed, thanks to the onboard three-piston pneumatic air-jacking system.
Keeping everything in check is a braking setup that features the aforementioned adjustable ABS, as well as two separate brake circuits for the front and rear axles, to enable the front/rear bias to be adjusted via a brake balance bar. At the front, six-piston aluminium monobloc racing calipers are mated to internally vented 390 mm discs, whilst at the rear there are four-piston calipers and 380 mm internally vented discs.
The model made its public debut before the 2019 running of the Bathurst 12 Hour race in the hands of Mark Webber, who was effusive about the car, saying that ‘power-to-weight is incredibly impressive, and on slick tyres it is a real out-and-out thoroughbred for the racetrack’. Later in the year, Chris Hoy was tasked with taking the wheel of a Clubsport for the first officially sanctioned event at Spa, and he, too, heaped similar praise on the car, stating, ‘I’ve driven some fast cars—LMP2s and GT3s—but there’s nothing quite like that surge; the initial pace you get when the turbos kick in… For a gentleman or amateur driver, the Clubsport is a huge amount of fun.”
This example, now offered for sale, is a brand-new car that is yet to be used in anger. It has covered zero miles, is in factory-fresh condition, and still has its pre-delivery protective covers and panels in place. It is wonderfully wrapped in the iconic Rothmans colours, evoking memories of Jochen Mass and Stefan Bellof’s Rothmans-sponsored Porsche 956 and Porsche’s winning entry in the 959 in the 1986 Paris-Dakar rally.
This is a rare opportunity to own a pristine 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and to enjoy one of the finest track cars available today, either on the track or simply for display purposes in its fantastic colours.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/ad19.