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Porsche announces Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Porsche announced the Cayman GT4 Clubsport today, a new racecar it is developing for motorsport "newcomers" that will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The Clubsport retains the road car’s 385-horsepower 3.8-liter naturally aspirated flat six engine but eschews the manual transmission in favor of a racing version of the double-clutch PDK automatic.

A mechanical locking differential puts the power to the ground, and shifting is done with steering wheel-mounted paddles, Porsche says. This is the first time Porsche has used a modern double-clutch transmission in one of its race cars. A racing brake system fitted with 380-millimeter steel discs provides stopping power.

The Clubsport receives parts from the GT3 Cup car, including the lightweight front suspension. It tips the scales at 2,866 pounds, about 90 pounds lighter than the street GT4, and that’s including the welded-in roll cage. Inside drivers will be treated to a racing bucket seat and a six-point safety harness.

It will be eligible to compete in race series around the world, including Porsche Club of America, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, and more.

Orders can be made at Porsche Motorsport North America for the North American market, or Porsche Motorsport in Weissach. Since it’s a race car that isn’t street legal, it can’t be purchased at a Porsche dealer, the automaker says.

Porsche did not provide any images of the Clubsport but noted that they would be available on November 18, when it debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

On March 3 at the Geneva Auto Show, former Porsche President and CEO Matthias Müller unveiled the GT3 RS and hinted at the Clubsport when he said, "A pure race track version (of the Cayman GT4) will follow later in the year." This, folks, is that car.

Source: Porsche

Official Porsche Press Release

Porsche develops Cayman GT4 Clubsport

New race car for motorsport newcomers

Atlanta, Georgia. Using the recently released lightweight Cayman GT4 as the basis, Porsche Motorsport has developed a racing version solely for the track. The 385 hp (283 kW) mid-engine racer Cayman GT4 Clubsport will celebrate its world premiere on November 18 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Like its production sibling, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine. The racing version features a Porsche double clutch transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel and a mechanical rear-axle locking differential. The lightweight suspension strut front axle system is taken from its big 911 GT3 Cup brother, which is campaigned in Porsche’s 20 one-make championships around the world. The impressive racing brake system is fitted with steel brake discs all round measuring 380-millimeters in diameter. Tipping the scales at just 2866 lbs. (1,300 kilograms), the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, delivered from the factory with a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat as well as a six-point harness, is truly lightweight.

Orders for the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport can be made at Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, or from Porsche Motorsport North America for the North American market. The Cayman GT4 Clubsport is not street legal; therefore, authorized Porsche dealers in the U.S. will not offer it for sale.

For 2016, homologation is planned for race series such as the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge™, the Porsche Club of America™, the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA™, the Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada™, the Pirelli World Challenge™ and for other club-level meetings around the world.

Detailed information as well as photos will be available beginning November 18, 2015 at the world premiere of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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