Porsche 993 GT2 Clubsport: raw 993
Simply put, the Porsche 993 GT2 is one of the most breathtaking road-going race cars to come from Stuttgart’s hallowed halls. Not only is it a technically outstanding and supremely capable GT car; it also ranks as one of the most striking 911s to ever see the light of day.
The GT2 story begins with the demise of the Group C era. Racing budgets for prototypes had gone ballistic, and against a backdrop of a slowing global economy, many manufacturers and private teams once again considered GT racing as an attractive and affordable alternative.
As required by the FIA, in order for a new 911 to be homologated in the then-new GT2 class, 100 units of the road car had to be built. Porsche’s engineers and developers put their many years of racing experience to work in order to produce a racer that could qualify for the new GT2 class regulations.
The first GT2 racers were ready for the 1994 racing season. However, Porsche had 21 of these cars (badged ‘911 GT’) available for road use by April 1995.
Far from being a dressed-up 911 Turbo (the GT2 utilised a Turbo body) with a four-wheel drive configuration, even the road-going GT2 was just rear-wheel drive, which reduced weight considerably.
Then, in order to accommodate larger rubber for better grip, the GT2 had metal pared away from its wings to allow for the wider bolt-on plastic wing extensions (32mm at the front and 30mm at the rear).
A substantial splitter, similar to that on the Carrera RS Clubsport, was fitted to improve the airflow around the front of the car, while the large adjustable rear spoiler had gaping inlets at the side that rammed air into the engine for better breathing.
The two-valves-per-cylinder 3.6-litre engine in the GT2, as used in the 993 Turbo, had several changes, which boosted the GT2’s power by 22bhp to 430bhp.
We test drive the 993 GT2 Clubsport, and its more intense brother, the GT2 Evo in Total 911 issue 121, available in store now. You can also order your copy online or download it straight to your digital device.