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Manthey Tuned Porsche 993 RSR Blitzes Around Nurburgring GP Circuit

One of just forty-five 993 RSRs in existence, this 3.8-liter monster is a rare sight. Despite the small numbers, those curvaceous haunches, massive tires, and snorkels in the rear make you wonder why this model is not as well known.

Perhaps this example deserves some special attention, since it’s Olaf Manthey’s very first racing car. A little over two decades ago, Manthey converted this from a 993 Cup car into an RSR. He elaborates on the version in this article: « The whole rear with fenders, bumpers and the tailgate was built from scratch. At the front, we relocated the oil coolers. We redesigned the air ducts so that the spent air was not routed underneath the car but dissipated on the side. We also designed the underfloor and the rear diffuser.” That last tweak made it particularly effective at the crowned and cambered Nordschleife, which wasn’t as smooth twenty years ago as it is today. This particular car enjoyed a lot of success at the Green Hell, which made Manthey’s reuniting with this car at last week’s AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix all the more special.

Since its retirement from professional racing in 2002, it’s enjoyed a few more tweaks and now produces little more power than a standard 993 RSR. Today, the M64/75 engine sends roughly 380 horsepower through a six-speed manual transmission. Powering a stripped frame weighing just 2,425 pounds, it is strikingly quick for something not too powerful by today’s standards. Just witness the way it sits nicely at corner exits and accrues speed down the Nurburgring GP circuit’s straights. Unfortunately the footage doesn’t capture the incredible bark of the car well, but the link below certainly does.

Those beautiful BBS rims tucked underneath the flared arches, a short wheelbase, and that elaborate rear wing make the 993 RSR a feast for the eyes.

For an onboard experience with the 993 RSR, watch Leh Keen at work in one here.


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Chase A Tuned GT2 RS From Inside A Nissan GTR

It’s soothing to know that many owners of the latest GT2 RS thrash the car around the circuit on a regular basis. Perhaps none of these well-heeled trackday drivers is better known than « sebastien vittel« , whose exploits we’ve covered on this site many times before.

Naturally, taking a GT2 RS to a track day puts a big bullseye on the car’s back, since running with a GT2 RS on a track day is barroom boast that’ll earn the teller quite a few rounds. However, unlike most cars, the camera car in this clip is one which actually stands a chance against vittel’s mildly tuned GT2 RS.

His car uses a Manthey alignment, steel brakes, Endless brake pads, and a taller rear wing. Most importantly, vittel uses the new Michelin Cup 2 R tires, which are what Manthey used on their car to outrun the 918 at Portimao.

Despite having 60 horsepower more, the GT-R isn’t as quick as the Porsche on the straights.

The Nissan has been stripped to 3,300 pounds, makes 760 horsepower, and wears Michelin slicks. That’s still about sixty pounds heavier than the Porsche, but it makes sixty horsepower more than the 911 does. Still, it’s the Porsche that’s the quicker of the two in a straight line. The two engines displace the same volume, but the Porsche’s makes 553 lb-ft from just 2,500 rpm. That might help.

The GT-R’s great strength, four-wheel drive, help it find grip off the driving line.

A straightline advantage, strong brakes, and a handy driver help the Porsche stay ahead, but it’s clear the Nissan is faster in most corners. Searching for grip in some odd places, the Nissan uses its four-wheel drive system to deploy its incredible thrust off the well swept driving line and pass around the outside. It’s fitting that it takes such a brazen move to finish this spectacular battle between two giants, which ought to have given the two drivers plenty to talk about in the bar afterwards.


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Finale GT4 2018 – Podium pour Éric Trémoulet et sa Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Manthey Racing

A l’occasion de la finale 2018 du championnat GT4 sur le circuit du Castellet, nous avons suivi une écurie Porsche et notamment Éric Trémoulet, pilotant une Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Manthey Racing. Pour notre première couverture du Championnat de France FFSA GT – GT4, nous avons choisi de suivre Eric Trémoulet (30 ans), un pilote …


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Porsche’s Results And Photos From The 24 Hours Of Spa

Porsche rolled into the 24 Hours of Spa as potential contenders for the overall victory with a slew of brand new GT3 Rs ready to take on all comers. With competitors in the pro class fielded by quasi-factory effort Manthey Racing and KÜS Team75 Bernhard, there was a pair of good quality Porsches with stellar lineups driving them, and both fought for the lead at points throughout the race. The Team75 car #117 was shared by Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard, and Laurens Vanthoor, while the Manthey entered car was driven by Romain Dumas, Fred Mako, and Dirk Werner. In the Pro-Am Cup, there was the Black Swan Racing with Tim Pappas, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Marc Lieb, and Marc Miller driving, and Herberth Motorsport represented the brand in the Am Cup class with Juergen Haering, Edward Lewis Brauner, Wolfgang Triller, and Alfred Renauer.

Things started falling apart for Porsche as the Herberth Motorsport car, world renowned for simply plugging away at the job and getting to the finish in mostly unaltered condition, suffered a halfshaft failure which put them out of contention from the fifth hour of the endurance race. The team was heartbroken, as they were among the fastest in the class. The Manthey car was the next to drop out with electrical issues killing their chances overnight. Then it was the KÜS Team75 Bernhard car that was forced to retire as a car multiple laps down collided with the #117 during a standard overtaking maneuver. The car was spun out and came to a stop right in front of one of the Bentleys, which hit the Porsche with such a force to end both of their races.

In the closing segment, all Porsche fans eyes were on the Black Swan Racing car as their best chance of a result in any of the classes. The American-based team owned by Tim Pappas was running as high as second in class when they were forced to pit for a damaged rear diffuser overnight, which dropped them to fifth. As they regained lost time and climbed back into a podium position, the car suffered a tire failure at high speed. After limping back to the pits to fix the car, Marc Miller got in and fresh tires were fitted. Shortly into his recovery stint, the same tire failed. In order to keep the drivers safe and not risk any further potential failures, the team retired the car, pulling the last Porsche standing from the race.

Herberth did manage to get their car back on track, but could do no better than 6th in the Am class.

Comments on the race

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars):

“This was an extremely difficult race weekend for us. Our strategy to drive consistently and without mistakes worked well with the Team75 Bernhard squad. Then the car was knocked out of contention by another vehicle. The #911 Porsche GT3 R was several laps down due to alternator damage and lost all chances of bringing home a top result. And the vehicles in the Pro-Am and Am categories also experienced technical problems. So it just wasn’t our weekend.”

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R):

“Our teams managed to stay out of any tricky situations over the entire race and were very focussed and controlled. The Manthey team was unfortunately affected by an electrical problem and took up the chase again after a 15-minute repair time. The KÜS Team75 Bernhard performed very well and was able to work its way up the field. Everyone stuck to our zero mistake plan, because this is the only way to win at Spa. Unfortunately, the #117 GT3 R was damaged while lapping a slower car and couldn’t be repaired. Once again we saw just how incredibly tough it is at Spa. But we’re looking to the future and we’ll be back in full force next year.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #117):

“I keep wondering what I could have done differently. The Audi driver was 15 laps down and I’d already passed him in that particular corner. He stayed on the outside, we were side-by-side and I gave him room. Suddenly he turned in as if I wasn’t there, he hit my front wheel and spun. The Bentley came from behind and hit my car with full force. It’s incredibly annoying because we were looking promising in the race and on our way to the top.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911):

“In the first six hours of the race we were running in the top ten and were fighting hard. Then we had problems with the electrical system and fell far behind. Finally, the underbody of the car was also damaged while driving over debris from an accident. Had we not been handicapped by these problems a podium finish would have been possible.”

Marc Lieb (Porsche 911 GT3 R #540):

“We drove a superb race in the first twelve hours and were running second in the Pro-Am class. Afterwards, though, we were hampered repeatedly by small defects and repairs. Finally we got a puncture. We don’t know how this happened, but for safety reasons we pulled out of the race, which is a great shame. Black Swan Racing from the USA worked brilliantly and unfortunately was not rewarded for this great effort.”

Alfred Renauer (Porsche 911 GT3 R #991):

“The weekend here at Spa went really well, and we were particularly strong in the qualifying. Unfortunately we had a driveshaft defect after five hours of racing and that cost us about an hour in the pits. That was very annoying, because the whole team worked flawlessly before and after this problem. Without this long stop for repairs we would have been amongst the frontrunners.”


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The 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans On Twitter For Porsche Fans

Porsche has not had this level of representation in the GT ranks at Le Mans in years. A full grid of ten cars from the German marque will take on the best comers from Ferrari, Ford, BMW, Corvette, and Aston Martin. Without an LMP1 effort to focus on, Porsche have diverted their resources to winning the LM GTE Pro class, with four factory-entered mid-engine 911 RSRs. In last year’s equipment, as is tradition, the GTE Am category features six cars from four different teams (Proton Competition are running three cars themselves). Both categories feature heavily stacked lineups and incredibly talented drivers. Both categories are really anyone’s game, and you’ll have to watch to find out if Porsche can do it again. The US-based #93 IMSA team won the 12 hours of Sebring with their 911 RSR, so maybe they’re on an endurance roll! Then again, the #94 IMSA team won the most recent IMSA round at Mid Ohio.

For long endurance races like this one, Twitter can be an invaluable source of information. Not only can Twitter provide an up-to-the-minute view of what’s happening in the race, it can connect you with intimate details and insight from the drivers and teams themselves.  In fact, we know of no other way to stay as closely and accurately informed about what’s happening in the Porsche world before, during and after the race (even if you were at the event itself) than through the « Twittersphere ». You just need to know who to follow.




The GTE Pro Class

Porsche Motorsport Team Manthey #91 @manthey_racing

Porsche Motorsport Team Manthey #92 @manthey_racing

Porsche Motorsport North America #93 @PorscheNARacing

Porsche Motorsport North America #94 @PorscheNARacing

The GTE Am Class

Team Project 1 @Project1_93

Dempsey-Proton Racing #77 @ProtonRacing

Ebimotors #80 @ebimotors

  • Fabio Babini – Not On Twitter
  • Christina Nielsen @ChristinaRacing
  • Erik Maris – Not On Twitter

Gulf Racing #86 @Gulf_Racing

Dempsey-Proton Racing #88 @ProtonRacing

Proton Competition #99 @ProtonRacing


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