Based on the 993 generation of the 911 Turbo, the Porsche GT2 debuted in 1993. Intended as a customer GT racer, it replaced the 964 Carrera RSR. The first generation GT2 had plastic fenders wider than the 911 profile and a smaller rear wing with air scoops in the struts. At introduction it had a twin-turbo 3.6-liter engine putting out 430 bhp; in 1998 it was uprated to 450 bhp. The name was taken from the GT2 class in which it was designed to compete. Just 57 road-going cars were built.
GT2s competed in the BPR Global GT Series, achieving seven class wins in the first season, as well as a class victory in the 1996 24 Heures du Mans. The Le Mans win was repeated in 1997. The cars also won three races in the FIA GT Championship.
In 1999, the second generation GT2 arrived, based on the 996, which had succeeded the 993. Porsche had decided to concentrate on a new normally-aspirated GT3 for competition, but used the GT3’s 3.6-liter engine, in turbocharged form, in the new GT2. Power was up to 462 bhp, 483 after displacement was increased to 3.8 litres in 2000. The transmission was a six-speed manual. Similar wide fenders were used, along with a more aggressive nose. The rear wing also grew in size.Power was not the only objective. Weight was reduced by 200 pounds from the basic 911 Turbo, and handling was improved with stiffer springs and other suspension modifications. The body modifications improved the car’s aerodynamics. The second-generation GT2s were campaigned by privateers with success in some of the national series like Belcar in Belgium. 996-generation GT2s were expensive cars, and production quantities were tiny.
This incredibly rare ‘003’ model factory 996 GT2 Clubsport rolled off the production line on the 1st May 2002, finished in Arctic Silver with a black leather interior. Recently repatriated into Europe, pleasingly the car is offered with a stamped service history and has enjoyed a recent service and 111 point inspection.
These GT2s are fantastically rare and collectible cars, and offer rock-solid investment potential for the future. Offered with a UK V5, UK MoT certificate, and relevant book and manuals, this rare model is no exception.