The new 911 GT2 RS is simply the most powerful 911 ever built by Porsche – with the performance level of a super sports car.
Its design combines the aerodynamic requirements of optimum downforce and maximum air supply. Its consistent lightweight construction makes it a pure athlete. Its racing chassis with excellent cornering stability gives the new 911 GT2 RS those crucial additional seconds. And its 3.8-litre, six-cylinder, twin-turbo engine producing 515 kW (700 hp) lends it sufficient authority to lead the field.
Aerodynamics and design
The design of the new 911 GT2 RS must therefore reconcile diametrically opposed requirements: top speed (low drag coefficient) on the one hand and race-optimised aerodynamics (maximum downforce) on the other. No easy task? Our engineers love reaching new heights, especially when things get tricky.
From words to actions: the powerful air intakes of the aerodynamically shaped front apron ensure optimum cooling. The additional air outlet at the front of the front lid assists the airflow of the central radiator, while providing aerodynamic downforce on the front axle by deflecting the airflow. But it’s the wide, rear spoiler lip that makes the biggest contribution to downforce. All air vents are protected by titanium-coloured air intake grilles.
Motorsport technology is also present in the front wheel arch ventilation on the wings, where carbon slats provide efficient ventilation. This reduces the excess pressure produced by the rotating wheels and thus the downforce. This so-called louvre – coincidentally? – resembles the gills of a shark.
A highly functional detail: two vents on the front lid. These so-called NACA air intakes are already used for the interior ventilation of the 911 GT3 Cup cars. On the 911 GT2 RS, it’s the first time they have been used to ventilate the braking system of a series-production Porsche, without reducing the drag coefficient. Their shape was developed by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the predecessor of the NASA space agency.
Distinguishing features for ultimate performance: the extremely large side air intakes for the intercooling of the new 911 GT2 RS. The sideskirts are also wider than those of the previous model, resulting in a larger underbody area and therefore increased downforce.
The new 911 GT2 RS is based on the extra-wide body of the 911 Turbo. Its full contours are instantly noticeable at the rear, where the low-profile, tinted LED rear lights underline its appeal.
The fixed rear wing in carbon-weave finish makes its own contribution to the overall impression of sporty performance. The wing uprights are produced from forged aluminium; the new side plates painted in the exterior colour. A horizontal exclamation mark, if you will.
The two ram-air scoops on the boot lid – the ram-air collectors – are also made of carbon and supply the engine with combustion air. The rear panels with large exhaust apertures are specific to the 911 GT2 RS. At the rear of the underbody, four fins increase the aerodynamic effect of the diffuser.
Perhaps the most striking detail of the new rear panels are the tailpipe trims of the free-flow exhaust system, which produces the characteristically throaty sound of the 911 GT2 RS. Technically functional and visually impressive: the catalytic converters, which light up red at high engine speeds and loads, and are visible through the open flaps – to anyone who manages to keep up with them at least.
In summary: ideal aerodynamics for the racetrack and a good drag coefficient for long straights. Harmonised in a plain-speaking design. How does the saying go? Actions speak louder than words.
For the performance of a highly powerful sports car such as the 911 GT2 RS, weight is just as essential as the drivetrain. We have therefore weighed every component and permanently sought the lightest functional materials.
The evidence: consistent lightweight construction down to the last detail. For a power-to-weight ratio of just 2.85 kg/kW (2.1 kg/hp) – allowing outstanding performance. Argumentation: see below.
The front lid, front wing, wheel arch vents, upper part of the SportDesign exterior mirrors, air intakes in the rear side panels and parts of the rear are produced from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are many of the interior components.
The front lid is also made from carbon and contoured in the middle, as is the magnesium roof. This crease is not only a visual distinguishing feature of these lightweight components, but also increases their rigidity. Intelligent, lightweight construction using an aluminium–steel composite reduces the vehicle weight.
Another weight reduction that increases performance: lightweight polyurethane with hollow, glass microspheres and carbon-fibre elements. This light yet extremely strong high-tech material has been used in the front and rear panels.
Porsche has used lightweight glass for the first time – for the rear and rear side windows. This material is just as light as polycarbonate and extremely scratch and fracture resistant.
Inside, the new 911 GT2 RS also features lightweight door trims and door pulls.
For additional weight reduction, you could also part with the sound system or automatic climate control.
The new 911 GT2 RS is a high-performance beast, which takes its driver’s breath away. And yet our developers have further increased the intensity, sheer presence and uniqueness of this exceptional athlete with the optional Weissach package.
The name alone creates a bond. Because ever since the Weissach package was first offered in a similar form for the Porsche 918 Spyder, it has stood for extremely lightweight construction. And for maximum proximity to motorsport.
Visual appearance and lightweight construction form a real synthesis, with the particular focus on saving weight. The Weissach package will reduce the weight of your vehicle by almost 30 kg compared with a 911 GT2 RS fitted with the Club Sport Package. For the first time in a series-produced car, the stabilisers on the front and rear axles are made of carbon, as are their coupling rods – for outstanding performance.
A visual distinguishing feature of the Weissach package is the central decorative strip in vehicle colour on the carbon-weave finished front lid and roof. It certainly lends the 911 GT2 RS its distinctive appearance. A highly visible, unyielding feature is the ‘PORSCHE’ logo on the rear wing.
From lightweight plastic to lightweight metal. The magnesium wheels painted in white gold make the new 911 GT2 RS fitted with the Weissach package approximately 11.5 kg lighter – and also enhance its visual appearance. A double victory, so to speak.
The interior is also lightweight: the attached roll cage is made from titanium and is approximately 12 kg lighter than the steel roll cage supplied with the optional Club Sport Package. The ultra-light shift paddles and steering wheel trim are made with a carbon-weave finish.
Isn’t it impossible to use lightweight materials in every detail? No. In their search for further weight savings, our vehicle developers have even made the floor carpet trim lighter. Because every ounce counts.
Technical data Porsche 911 GT2 RS (2018)
|Bore x stroke||102 mm x 77.5 mm|
|RPM maximum power||7,000 r/min|
|Maximum power||700 PS|
|Top speed||340 km/h|
|Acceleration from 0 - 100 km/h||2.8 s|
|Brakes||front||Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) diameter of 410 mm|
|rear||Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) diameter of 390 mm|
|Kerb weight||1.470 kg|
|Tyres||front||265/35 ZR 20|
|rear||325/30 ZR 21|