Prepared by Porsche Motorsports, the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is a track car that offers supreme performance chops. Porsche offers it in two forms: the “Trackday” model for amateur racers and the “Competition” model for national and international racing. The Cayman GT4 Clubsport features natural-fiber composite material. This is a first of any production race car ever to use natural-fiber. Porsche crafted the doors and rear wing from an organic fiber mix. The company makes this mix from a unique blend of agricultural products. This gives the composite similar characteristics to carbon fiber.
Around the back of the vehicle is the 3.8-liter flat-six engine that powers the car. It makes 425 hp, which is a boost of 40 hp from previous models. The Trackday version of the car gets non-adjustable shock absorbers; ABS, ESC, and traction control settings that are more forgiving; air conditioning; and some additional safety features. Porsche equipped the Competition model with three-stage adjustable shocks, 115-liter safety fuel tank, adjustable brake balance, integrated air-jack system, automatic fire extinguisher system, and a quick release racing steering wheel.
Both versions of the cars are available for order now and can be shipped anywhere in the world. The Trackday version starts at 134,000 Euro (about $152,000). The Competition version starts at 157,000 Euro (about $178,000).
The Details & Story
Like with its predecessor, the car’s name is again very long and rather confusing. The official marketing names are “718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trackday version” and “718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport Competition version”. Neither of them is street legal, something a “Clubsport” used to stand for in the past. The base version is called “Trackday” which used to be the synonym for club sport anyway. The 17% more expensive Competition variant is a real racer made for national and international racing events. Most of the cars will naturally be sold
While the 2016-2023 Porsche 718 is internally called as “982”, Porsche Motorsport calls the 982 GT4 racing car as “9F2”. Although the 9F2 is a bit heavier than the 981 GT4 racing car was, the newer car is significantly more powerful and that translates to 9% better power-to-weight ratio. The tyre and brake sizes remained the same as before.
The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the first ever production race car to feature body parts made of natural-fibre composite material. The 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.
Pre-installed mounting points for 3-piston air jack system
80-litre FT3 safety fuel cell with cut-off safety valve
Fixed shock absorbers
70 Ah lead acid battery mounted in passenger footwell, leak-proof
Handheld fire extinguisher
3-piston air jack system
115-litre FT3 safety fuel cell with cut-off safety valve
3-way shock absorbers with rebound and 2-stage compression adjustment, high and low speed
Lightweight 60 Ah lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery mounted in passenger footwell, leak-proof
Central fire extinguishing system in accordance with FIA regulations