New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Trackday and Competition variants, natural composite materials

New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Trackday and Competition variants, natural composite materials

We now have a new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, three years after the first Cayman GT4 Clubsport surfaced. It’s slightly different this time around, because the mid-engine racer comes in two versions ex-works: the “Trackday” model “for ambitious amateur racing drivers” and the “Competition” variant for national and international motor racing. More on this later.

In developing the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Porsche’s focus was put not only on further improved driveability and faster lap times, but also on the sustainable use of raw materials.

As a result, this is the first ever production race car to feature body parts made of natural-fibre composite material. The two doors and rear wing are made of an organic fibre mix, which are sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibres. Porsche says that the material has similar properties to carbon fibre in terms of weight and stiffness.

New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport – Trackday and Competition variants, natural composite materials

Powering the 718 GT4 Clubsport is a 3.8 litre flat-six with 425 hp, which is 40 hp up on its predecessor. Drive is transferred to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch gearbox with six gears and a mechanical rear axle differential lock.

The spring-strut front suspension is taken from the 911 GT3 Cup. The racing brake system features steel brake discs all round measuring 380 mm in diameter. The 1,320 kg car is delivered with a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat and a six-point harness.

The Trackday version is aimed at amateur drivers who want to take part in private track and clubsport events without major effort and outlay. It features a fixed shock absorber setup, and while the ABS, ESC and traction control assistance systems ensure forgiving handling at the limit, they can be deactivated. Also in the package is air-con, a roof rescue hatch, handheld fire-extinguisher and an 80 litre FT3 safety fuel cell.

This non-road-homologated model (sorry, you can’t use it as a daily) can be serviced at all Porsche centres and costs 134,000 euros (RM632,059) before taxes

The Competition model is the serious race machine, as its name suggests. The shock absorbers can be adjusted in three stages, and the 115 litre safety fuel tank is suitable for long-distance events. Thanks to a brake balance system, the balance bias can be infinitely adjusted between the axles, while an integrated air jack system guarantees fast pit stops.

Also included are a quick-release steering wheel from the 911 GT3 R and an automatic fire extinguishing system. The Competition is priced at 157,000 euros (RM740,567) before taxes. Open for orders now, worldwide deliveries start from February.

“The new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport possesses significantly more racing genes than its successful predecessor. The power of the engine has increased considerably. At the same time, we were able to increase the downforce and the cockpit is now even better suited to drivers’ needs. I’m confident that we can build on the excellent sales figures of the predecessor, of which we have delivered 421 cars,” said Porsche’s head of motorsport Fritz Enzinger.


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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.

 

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  • YB Kunta Kinte on Jan 04, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Looks good. Porsche make great cars cause their engineers work hard

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