Buy a racing Porsche!

WHAT’S better than a Porsche? A racing Porsche of course.

And the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the one. It’s not street-legal, a left-hand-drive and has only one seat. But there’s a 3.8-litre flat-six engine married to a 6-speed Porsche double-clutch transmission with “optimised shift application”, “racing-specific, mechanical rear differential lock”, “racing-specific hydraulic two-circuit brake system” and 380hp, among many other awesome things. It is an awesome car, indeed.

With a price tag of €111,000 Euros (RM532,000, but NOT including import duty, GST and all the race hardware you will need to competitively race it!), the Cayman GT4 Clubsport was unveiled by Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) on Wednesday during an annual media get-together event at Sepang International Kart Circuit.

Like its standard production counterpart, the Cayman GT4 that is already extremely well-suited for the racetrack, Porsche Motorsport has developed a near-standard racing version in the form of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport. It is “bound to the tradition that Porsche has cultivated since day one; a restatement of everything that distinguishes Porsche as a brand and a reinforcement of its strong motorsport heritage”. Okay.

Other features on the Cayman GT4 Clubsport include weight-optimised lightweight body in intelligent aluminium-steel hybrid construction based on the Cayman GT4 (Type 981) and spring-strut front suspension taken from its larger 911 GT3 Cup brother, which competes in Porsche’s 20 one-make championships around the world. The racing brake system is fitted with steel brake discs all round measuring 380mm in diameter.

Weighing just 1,300kg, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, delivered ex-works with a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat as well as a six-point harness, is truly lightweight.

“The Cayman GT4 Clubsport is pure motorsports geared for performance, just like its drivers. It closes the gap between the road legal cars and the GT3 Cup, which used to be the entry level Porsche race car. With a lower driving requirement and reduced maintenance costs, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport receives popularity among amateur, young and gentleman drivers” said Arnt Bayer, SDAP CEO.

“With the 2017 Blancpain GT Asia series now offering a GT4-category, customers have the opportunity to participate in this series within the Asian continent,” said Earl Bamber, Porsche Works Driver who was also at the event. He added that four race teams had already confirmed their participation using the Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is expected to be seen on events within South East Asia in 2017 through campaigns by Porsche Asia Pacific. Further enquiries can be made to Sime Darby Auto Performance.