Insight: Why Porsche Developed an Evo Kit for its GT2 Car
Drawing on Manthey’s special edition 911 GT2 RS Clubsport, Porsche this year introduced an Evo kit for the good of SRO’s GT2 category…
SRO Motorsports Group’s GT2 platform is now in its fifth year of competition. The first car to be announced for the amateur driver-focused category was the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport back in November 2018.
Now, the German manufacturer is also the first to introduce an Evo kit with a series of technical modifications. The target is to provide customers with better driveability in race conditions and help to entice more competitors to the Fanatec GT2 European Series grid.
Porsche didn’t originally intend to upgrade its GT2 machine, which is based on the road-going 911 GT2 RS. The first edition formed part of a trinity alongside the second-generation Porsche 935, revealed in September 2018, and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport 25, which celebrated the quarter-century anniversary of the decorated Manthey Racing team in 2021.
With those three models, Porsche considered the story of the 3.8-liter, six-cylinder powered 911 GT2 RS production car to be complete, but in January work commenced on extending the lifespan of the SRO-homologated version.
“The main reason is that maybe it’s possible to convince some customers to race in GT2,” Porsche director of GT racecars Matthias Scholz tells Sportscar365. “And [give] a little bit to support the GT2 series. Now it’s for us to figure out if this will happen. We have 170 GT2 cars in the market. If we convince just ten to race in the GT2 series, it’s a success for SRO and us.”