For many, the Manthey Racing brand won’t sound so familiar to you. The company’s obscurity may come as no surprise, as it has largely let its results speak for themselves. So what makes its latest variation on the GT3 RS so great?
It would be impossible to start without mentioning the brand’s record GT2 RS, as the upgraded GT3 RS features very similar modifications. Like this turbocharged monster, the car receives a complete upgrade in the aerospace department with a new front splitter, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, reinforced trunk lid and flaps on the front fairing. While the standard car already has an aggressive aero kit, Manthey took it to another level.
For the uninitiated, the company was founded by Olaf Manthey in 1996. While its main goal is to develop Porsche racing cars, the organization carries the same philosophy to the German manufacturer’s road-approved vehicles. On the track, they seem to own the Rosetta Stone of Green Hell, with six Nürburgring 24 Hours wins. Thanks in part to these victories, the company is the most successful Porsche racing team in the world.
While the aerodynamics department has received a big upgrade from the standard, the suspension setup on the MR GT3 RS is a trump card up its sleeve. The car wears the same adjustable coil spring suspension as found in Porsche GT3 R race cars. Although the adjustable suspension is nothing new, racing shocks allow Manthey to apply his knowledge of the track.
While some of the modifications to the car seem complex, others are very straightforward. For example, the brakes are fitted with new braided brake lines and MR spec pads. New magnesium wheels are also available with optional carbon fiber aero discs for the rear assembly.
To give some perspective, the previous company-modified GT2 RS was seven seconds faster per lap than the standard car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Porsche factory driver Kevin Estre was seen in the GT3 RS MR taxiing fans around the Green Hell, but no official lap has been established.
Since the company’s office and test center is next to the Nürburgring Nordschleife, we would like to see them try to time the new car.