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Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport world premiere at LA Auto Show [w/video]

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Porsche took the cover off the recently announced Cayman GT4 Clubsport today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, an entry level race car that will compete in the PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East and other race series around the world.

Porsche Motorsport North America starts selling the GT4 Clubsport today with an MSRP of $165,000.

The GT4 Clubsport retains the Cayman GT4’s 385-horsepower 3.8-liter flat six. One of the most significant changes to the Clubsport compared to a normal GT4 is with regards to the transmission: It will only be available with a PDK double-clutch semi-automatic. The transmission has a modified, mechanical differential lock, and is the first modern dual-clutch transmission that Porsche has installed in one of its factory-produced race cars.

It has received a bevy of components to make it race worthy. Modifications include lightweight front strut suspension and rear transverse arms pulled directly from the 911 GT3 Cup, with height-adjustable shock absorbers, and six-piston brakes up front and four-piston units in the rear, clamping down on 380-millimeter steel brake discs. The anti-lock brake system has 12 settings. Eighteen-inch forged wheels with standard five-lug configuration are wrapped in Michelin slicks or rain tires. Curb weight is 2,866 pounds thanks to weight reduction measures including but not limited to a stripped interior devoid of sound deadening and carbon fiber interior door panels.

Inside, the Clubsport receives additional modifications. These include a racing bucket seat, six-point safety harness, fire extinguisher system, and welded-in FIA-approved roll cage.

The North American GT4 Clubsport comes with a 18.5-gallon fuel tank standard, with the option of upgrading to a 26.5-gallon tank.

Watch a video of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport below.

Photos courtesy Porsche unless noted

Official Porsche Press Release

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.

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