Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 goes four seconds faster at the ‘Ring
A 911 GT3 fitted with the Manthey Performance Kit has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a new time of 6:55.737
The Manthey Performance Kit offered by Porsche Tequipment for the current 911 GT3 provides aerodynamic and chassis modifications. It’s been developed by Porsche engineers in Weissach working with Nordschleife specialists from Manthey in Meuspath. The changes have been designed to optimise circuit performance, and the results have been realised in a new Nordschleife lap record for the 510hp 911. Driven by Porsche works driver Kévin Estre, it posted a lap time of 6:55.737 on the Nürburgring’s famed North Loop – exactly 4.19 seconds faster than the 911 GT3 without the kit.
Playing a large part in the result is an aero package that creates an increase in downforce. A larger front spoiler lip and side skirts are joined by modified air veins underneath, while the swan-neck-style rear wing is wider than the usual GT3’s. It also features a tear-off Gurney flap and enlarged end plates. The rear diffuser fins have been extended in carbon fibre, while carbon aerodiscs on the rear wheels enhance the car’s aerodynamic efficiency. A four-way coilover suspension setup enables the struts to be adjusted, while rebound and compression can also be tweaked without tools. What’s described as “moderate” changes to the spring rates (10 per cent higher on the front, seven per cent lower at the rear) contribute to improved on-the-limit handling without sacrificing day-to-day usability. Lightweight forged wheels (20- and 21-inch) are optional, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres. The wheels reduce unsprung mass by 7.3kg, and these hide a set of racing brake pads and steel lines to ensure optimal braking performance. The Manthey Performance Kit is available in Europe now via Porsche Centres, priced at €37,911 plus VAT.