Porsche GT2 RS Clubsport Gets A Racing Series All To Itself

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Zuffenhausen's the only one currently offering a car eligible for the new GT2 series.

GT2 racing is making a comeback. But so far there's only one car that fits the bill, so for the inaugural race, at least (if not the entire first season), the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport will have the series all to itself.

The SRO Motorsports Group is launching a new GT2 series to run alongside its existing GT3-class Blancpain Endurance Series, one of the many that the Stephane Ratel Organisation facilitates around the world. According to Sportscar365, the first race is slated to take place during the Spa 24 Hours in Belgium the weekend of July 26-27.

As the name implies, the GT2 class was once the second tier in sports-car racing. But like the GT1 class, it was defunct earlier this decade when Le Mans sanctioning body ACO split the class in two: GTE-Pro and GTE-Am.

That might ostensibly make GTE cars like the Ford GT, Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, and BMW M8 GTE eligible, only their manufacturers don't sell those cars to private customers. Porsche is currently the only one that does, rolling out the new Clubsport alongside its works-only 911 RSR. So while other manufacturers have reportedly expressed interest, for now the Porsche is the only one lined up.

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Fortunately, it's a heck of a machine: based on the road-going GT2 RS version of the outgoing 991-generation model, the Clubsport packs a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat six sending 700 horsepower to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Only the Clubsport version is stripped out to just over 3,000 pounds and fitted with track-spec equipment like a 115-liter FT3 fuel cell, welded-in roll cage, a single racing bucket with six-point harness, escape hatch in the roof, and fire-suppression system – all available to purchase for 405,000 Euros (plus taxes).

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