Porsche has unveiled the newest member of the Cayman range – the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport – in Los Angeles. Unlike the rest of the family, including the head-turning Cayman GT4, the new car is a full-on track weapon that cannot be registered for road use.
Like its production counterpart, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is driven by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine mounted behind the driver’s seat, with 385 hp and 420 Nm of torque on tap. Unlike the road model that comes only with a six-speed manual, the track car gets the speedy six-speed dual-clutch PDK unit and paddle shifters.
Perhaps more important than the drivetrain is the suspension, where the Cayman GT4 Clubsport carries the setup from the 911 GT3 Cup. The car is also kitted with electro-mechanical steering, a motorsport-derived mechanical rear-axle locking differential, 380 mm brake rotors all around, 12-stage ABS as well as slick mode.
Tipping the scales at just 1,300 kilograms, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is also equipped with a roll cage, a race bucket seat as well as a six-point harness. The lean race car rolls on 18-inch forged wheels shod with Michelin slicks.
The car will be homologated for 2016 for a number of race series such as the VLN Long Distance Championship Nürburgring, the SRO GT4 series, the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, the Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and other race series organised by Porsche Clubs around the globe.
New Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport for the racetrack
World premiere in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Porsche has added a new sports car for amateur and club racing to its Motorsports fleet: The Cayman GT4 Clubsport celebrated its world premiere today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 385 hp (283 kW) mid-engine entry level racer for motorsport, which is not legal for road use, is based on the successful street-legal Cayman GT4 sports car. Sales of the racecar by Porsche Motorsport North America start with the unveiling at the auto show.
Just like its well-developed production sibling, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine, positioned directly behind the driver’s seat. The racing version features a modified six-speed Porsche double clutch PDK transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel and a mechanical rear-axle locking differential specifically for racing. The lightweight strut front axle is taken from its big 911 GT3 Cup brother, which is campaigned in 20 one-make Porsche championships around the world. An enhanced lightweight strut suspension with transverse arms adopted from the 911 GT3 Cup, is at the rear. The racing brake system features large 15-inch (380-millimeter) steel brake discs all round. One-piece, six-piston aluminum fixed calipers are located at the front, with a four-piston equivalent at the rear. The anti-lock brake system features twelve settings. The Electronic Stability Program has been recalibrated for slick racing tires. The power steering is operated electro-mechanically.
Tipping the scales at just 2,866 pounds (1,300 kilograms), the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, is a virtually turn-key racecar, delivered from the factory with a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat as well as a six-point harness. The North American version comes with an 18.5 gallon (70-liter) or an optional 26.5 gallon (100-liter) FIA FT3 safety fuel tank. The car also comes with a central fire extinguisher system. Mounted on the front axle are 18-inch five-bolt forged wheels with 25/64-18 tires while the 18-inch five-lug forged wheels at the rear have 27/68-18 tires. Michelin® supplies the racing slicks.
In the USA, the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport racecar is available directly from Porsche Motorsport North America for $165,000.
For 2016, homologation is anticipated for race series such as the VLN Long Distance Championship Nürburgring, the Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and PCA Club Racing Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East, as well as for other club-level competition events around the world.