Porsche has shown us their newest creation in the form of a track-only mid-engine sports car, that is the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The Clubsport models are specifically made for tearing up race tracks.
Porsche introduced the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport with a 3.8-liter flat six engine. That opposes their recent route of turbocharging their new models.
The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is available in two versions: Trackday and Competition.
Whats the difference?
“Trackday”, has antilock braking, electronic stability control, a fixed shock absorber setup and traction control. – Thus, making it the perfect track toy for amateurs to take it to their local race track without it being “too crazy”. Oh, and it can be serviced at any Porsche center. “Competition” as the name suggests are for the more serious racers as it has 3-way racing shock absorbers with rebound and 2-stage compression adjustment, high and low speed, Brake balance adjustment which allows racers to set things according to the track. It also comes with a removable steering wheel. It comes with an onboard air jack for quicker pit stops. There’s also a larger fuel tank in the Competition version. It also adheres to various national and international class rules.
Both variants push out 420 hp (313 kw) – that translates into a 40 hp increase compared to its predecessor, the 981 Cayman GT4 Clubsport – and 550 Nm of torque. The power is transferred to the rear wheels using a six speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox and mechanical rear locking differential. The lightweight spring-strut suspension comes directly off the 911 GT3 Cup racer.
The GT4 Clubsport received an upgrade in the bodywork department. That includes an upgrade in downforce where the fixed rear wing received a “swan neck” mount, sideblades and wing with an integrated carbon fibre Gurney flap. The wing, those mounts, and both doors are built of a new natural fiber named flax. The Clubsport also received a more aggressive front fascia.
“The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the first ever production race car to feature body parts made of natural-fibre composite material. The driver and co-driver doors and the rear wing are made of an organic fibre mix, which are sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibres and feature similar properties to carbon fibre in terms of weight and stiffness.” – Porsche