Three years after the first Cayman GT4 Clubsport was revealed the successor is being unveiled, the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport represents the next step in the evolution of the model.
For the first time, two versions of the near-standard mid-engine racer will be available, with the 'Trackday' model for ambitious amateur racers and the 'Competition' variant for national and international motor racing.
At the forefront of the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport’s development is the focus on improved driveability and faster lap times but also on the sustainable use of raw materials: enter the natural-fibre composite material.
The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the first production race car to feature the body parts. The driver and co-driver doors, as well as the rear wing, are made of an organic fibre mix sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibres. They feature similar properties to carbon fibre in terms of weight and stiffness.
Under the hood of the 718 GT4 Clubsport resides a 3.8-litre flat-six engine producing 313kW at 7500rpm and 425Nm at 6600rpm which is transferred to the rear wheels via a Porsche six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. There’s also a mechanical rear axle differential lock.
Pulling all that horse-power to a halt is a racing brake system featuring steel brake discs all round which measure 380 millimetres in diameter. Other racing features include a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat as well as a six-point harness.
'Trackday' versions are geared towards an amateur driver looking to take part in a private track or clubsport events without major effort and outlay. This variant features a fixed shock absorber setup, air-conditioning system, a rescue hatch in the roof, a handheld fire-extinguisher and an 80-litre FT3 safety fuel cell. The ABS, ESC and traction control assistance systems ensure forgiving handling at the limit and can also be deactivated if desired.
'Competition' models feature relevant racing inclusions such as shock absorbers that can be adjusted in three stages, a 115 litre capacity safety fuel tank suitable for long-distance events, a brake balance system, integrated air jack system for fast pit stops, a quick-release racing steering wheel adopted from the 911 GT3 R and an automatic fire extinguishing system.
Both versions are available to order immediately with deliveries beginning from February. The ‘Trackday’ start at €134,000 ($217,000 Aussie) plus county-specific on-roads whilst the ‘Competition’ is priced from €157,000 ($254,000 Aussie) before on-road costs.
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