Brand new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport revealed at Los Angeles Auto Show

Brand new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport revealed at Los Angeles Auto Show

17.11.2021: Porsche unveiled the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport featuring a new 500bhp engine and handling improvements at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The homologated vehicle is track-ready from the factory and can be used in SRO racing series and more, including in


Porsche unveiled the new 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport featuring a new 500bhp engine and handling improvements at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The homologated vehicle is track-ready from the factory and can be used in SRO racing series and more, including in the Asia-Pacific region, without further modifications.
 



Based on the recently unveiled 718 Cayman GT4 RS road car, the new machine has several updates on its predecessor, including the 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine taken directly from the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. This means the GT4 RS Clubsport produces 75bhp more than the previous model, an 18 per cent increase.



The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission now uses all seven gears and shorter ratios. An optimised air intake has resulted in a much wider useable speed band, with maximum power now produced 800rpm higher, making for an easier driving experience for both professional and gentleman drivers.
 


The new GT4 RS Clubsport is capable of achieving lap times more than two per cent quicker than the previous model, thanks to the use of revised damper technology to optimise vehicle responsiveness and body control. Upgrades include two-way adjustable shock absorbers with improved characteristics, in addition to adjustable sword-type anti-roll bars front and rear.



Vehicle height, camber and toe are also adjustable. Furthermore, three different spring rates for front and rear axle are now available. The Porsche Stability Management System is designed specifically for motorsports and includes a switch for traction control, ABS and an updated stability control system.



New aerodynamics ensures the 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport remains well balanced even in fast corners. Front downforce has been increased with an extended spoiler lip and new front dive planes. Special NACA ducts in the bonnet are designed to direct air to the 380-millimetre steel brake discs.



The wheel arch vents take inspiration from the 911 GT3 R to reduce turbulence around the front wheels, while a fully enclosed underbody optimises airflow to the rear diffusor. The swan neck rear wing now has a 20mm gurney flap and two additional stages of adjustment.
 


The previous model was the first ever production race car to use renewable nature-fibre composite materials for its body parts. The GT4 RS Clubsport expands on this around the vehicle, including the doors, rear wing, bonnet, front aero components and steering wheel. Testing the carbon fibre alternate material in motorsports optimises its transition to the road cars. For over 70 years, Porsche has been using motorsport as a development ground for road car technology.
 


The welded-in roll cage and adjustable Recaro racing seat means the GT4 RS Clubsport is ready to race directly from the factory. It also meets new regulations being introduced for 2023, including the six-point safety harness, safety nets to the fire extinguisher and built-in air jack system. The FT3 safety fuel cell has a 115-litre capacity, making it suitable for endurance racing. Porsche also offers two different exhaust systems, allowing the car to compete on tracks with stricter noise limits.




Porsche’s GT4 history has been hugely successful since the 981 generation car launched in 2016. 421 units were built prior to 2018 before the 718-based car debuted in 2019. To date, approximately 500 units have been sold. Low running costs, thanks to the use of proven production technology and racing-specific components, is one of the reasons for the car’s high demand.
 


The 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport is eligible for Porsche Sports Cup China, Porsche Sprint Trophy Thailand, SRO series such as GT4 Asia as well as regional GT series such as Thailand Super Series and GT Super Sprint Challenge. The car is available to order in RMB, with sales starting immediately for a limited volume. Deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region will start from January ahead of the 2022 season.



For any queries, please contact Hari Kalsia, Manager Sales & Marketing Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, at hari.kalsia@porsche.cn.






Sky Qiao, Vice-President Marketing Porsche China:
“Motorsport is in the DNA of Porsche. We are a brand focused on supporting racing drivers at all levels, from the seasoned pro to the beginner making their first steps into on-track competition.



With our proven Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Pyramid, we are able to take customers from their first encounter at the Porsche Experience Centre Shanghai, to our Track Experience programmes and finally to the Porsche Sports Cup China where the 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport is the perfect partner. This new model embodies the passion to go racing with Porsche and we are excited to support our customers in Mainland China to achieve their dreams.”
 



Alexandre Gibot, Managing Director Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific Ltd
.: “It’s very exciting to be bringing the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport to the Asia-Pacific region and the Chinese Mainland, particularly with it available for customers to buy in RMB.



The new GT4 combines a new engine, aerodynamic design and all-round upgrades to provide our customers with an accessible, powerful and race-ready Clubsport car. As the first competitive stage on the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid, it’s a crucial vehicle in our line-up and we’re very much looking forward to seeing our customers out on track with this car and to welcome new customers to Porsche Motorsport as well.”



    

- Pole UK  photos Porsche

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