PORSCHE CAYMAN 2019
Up for sale is my modified 2010 Cayman S, which I brought over to the UK from California. This is a left-hand drive vehicle that I purchased to satisfy both my daily commuting needs in Los Angeles (80 miles round trip) and trips to local tracks. Over the last 7 years, I slowly modified it to improve handling and safety at the track without impacting reliability. It’s perfectly happy serving as a daily driving car and you’ll never forget you’re in a Porsche, but when you want to go to the track you’ve got a full safety setup (six point harness, bucket seats, HANS compatible) with fully adjustable suspension electronically responding to dynamic inputs dramatically improving handling and unbeatable reliability. Big ticket modifications/options include: carbon bucket seats (8500), Tractive coilovers (5500), and rollbar (1800).
Starting as a highly optioned car with an initial sale price of 67,000 GBP and an investment of ~20,000 GBP in modifications (not counting labor for installation) I’m offering the car for sale as it sits 39,000 GBP prior to my return to the United States in March of 2021. I’m willing to return the car to stock without modifications and sell it at 29,000 GBP. Combinations of parts between stock and the current setup can be arranged and negotiated. All maintenance is up to date or early and detailed records and original parts are available.
I’ll provide a summary list of the original specification and modifications below for a quick review and then give the fully story for those interested enough to read the rational for the modifications after that.
Aqua blue metallic exterior
Sport Chrono Plus
Xenon auto-leveling lights with LEDs
Automatic Climate Control
Porsche Sport Bucket Seats
Limited Slip Differential
PCM3.0 extended navigation
Sound plus package
Universal Audio Interface
Carrara White gauge dials
Aqua Blue painted gauge surrounds
Aqua Blue painted center console
Headlight cleaner painted ext color
Rear center console painted ext color
5mm OEM wheel spacers
Grill in rear lower section
Porsche embossed center armrest
Porsche Sport Design 19" wheels in black (replaced)
Kenwood Navigation Unit
Sport steering wheel paddles
Schroth 6 point harnesses
Submarine mount point for harnesses
BBI bolt in rollbar
Seat belt blanks
Rennline Radiator guards
Porsche Roof Mount
GT3 Front Lower Control Arm
Rear Toe Links
DSC control module
Adjustable droplinks for front and rear sway bars
Toe lock plates
OZ Leggera HLT (street wheels 19")
BBS-RSGT Two piece Forged (track wheels-18")
Competition wheel studs
The focus of my modifications has been to ensure reliability and ease of driving on the street while also providing dramatic performance on the track. I’ve made no modifications to the engine or any portion of the drivetrain outside of an external cooler for the PDK for use in hot weather. I’ve had no reliability issues with the car in seven years on or off the track.
The carbon bucket seats are the only seat I’m aware of that allows you to operate full 6-point harnesses at the track, 3-point belts for the legal operation on the street, and retains full airbags. These are highly valued in the aftermarket (8500 new, 6500 used) for their functionality, comfort, and light weight.
A BBI rollbar with removable center has been installed along with anti-submarine bars under the seats on both sides. The combination of these bars allows the proper installation of the Schroth Enduro harnesses that are typical of the GT3 race cars. The rollbar provides protection against roof collapse in a rollover situation and stiffens the chassis. It is completely bolt-in and no cutting of metal or welding was required. The interior trim pieces that it passes through were cut to allow all trim to be replaced, but the original pieces were retained so if you remove the bar the car interior can go completely back to stock with no cuts/damage. The center section of the bar can be removed for maintenance on the engine and/or easier rear visibility. The rollbar, submarine bars, and harnesses are valued at ~2700 GBP new and 1500 used.
The interior has been updated with a modern Kenwood full screen navigation unit and reverse camera. In addition, the steering wheel has been updated to the sport design wheel with aluminum paddle shifters and all programing has been completed by the Porsche dealership so it is fully functional (indicators for launch control and sport plus). The wheel and navigation unit were ~1550 new and 850 used.
The brake rotors have been upgraded to larger diameter Girodisc two-piece units that offer lighter weight than stock while improving braking. This setup moves the calipers outward and applies the pads to the rotor farther from the center of the hub. This effectively multiplies the braking force while distributing the heat over a larger area. The rotor rings can be replaced rather than replacing the entire unit and the rings typically last twice the life of a standard rotor. Cooling ducts have been added to the front and rear of the bar to direct cold air to the brakes. These are standard GT3 parts in the front, and Turbo parts in the rear (cut to fit). The brake pads are Performance Friction 08 and 11. The braking upgrades were ~1700GBP.
The suspension is the most modified system of the car from a performance point of view. The current setup improved the function of the stock PASM by replacing the control using with the DSC sport unit giving full tunability and real-time adjustment to the shocks. The PASM shocks have been replaced with Tractive coilovers that allow 10 times faster adjustment in real time, improved durability relative to stock, and the ability to change ride height and spring rates at any time. The springs are approximately twice as stiff as stock with the ratio of strengths carefully selected to perform well on the street (due to the adjustability to the shocks). The ride height is ~25mm lower than stock, and 12-15mm lower than a Cayman R. The front and rear swaybars and the droplinks for mounting have all been replaced with adjustable units. The front control arms have been replaced with GT3 units that allow greater camber and easy adjustment with shims. The rear toe arms have been replaced with adjustable units that correct for bump-steer and are locked in place to prevent movement under high loads. All of this has resulted in a neutral handling car with slight oversteer at the limit, 40% less roll while turning, and good tire wear. This full setup was ~9000 GBP new with the bulk of that cost for the tractive coilovers (5500).
The exterior of the car has Xpel Ultimate film on the bonnet, headlights, and roof to protect against road and track debris damage. The front radiators are all protected with metal mesh to prevent damage and accumulation of dirt and debris.
The car currently uses a Sold DL and Smartycam HD system to collect data while on the track. This system is completely integrated in the cars computer (CANBUS) and pulls all information from the computer directly including throttle, brake pressure, speed, temperatures, pressures, etc. Both the data and the camera are completely automatic. You confirm which track you’re at when it detects your location and it automatically starts and ends the filming and data collection. New cost is ~1500 GBP new and 900 GBP used.
I have the Porsche roof transport system for the car along with a Rhino Rack cage. These two items allow you to mount and carry four full spare wheels/tires to the track. My intent was to use this as I started to travel to tracks that were farther away and avoid any concern about track day tire damage preventing my safe return home.
My track wheels are BBS RS-GT forged 18”. They are light, strong, and durable while allowing you to mount the most popular-sized tires for this platform. They are currently mounted with Hankook Ventus RS-4 tires. I’ve installed competition wheel studs to allow for simplified mounting of different wheels and ease of handling. These studs are the same as those used in professional race series and equal or stronger than the stock wheel bolts. The combination of these wheels and studs were ~3000 GBP new and 1700 used.
The full list of modifications, new cost (GBP), and links to information is available.
Deviations from Perfection
When I buy cars I usually ask, “what keeps this car from being considered perfect?” in an attempt to help the seller explain any defects and avoid any surprises on my side. As with any 10 year old car that has been driven to work daily and on the track, there has been some wear. I’m meticulous about paint care and cleanliness, but I also live in the real world. So here are things to be aware of:
The paint has various stone chips over the years. I’ve touched up nearly all of these and the Expel was applied after a round of touch up paint, but there are obviously some chips that still exist. Nothing glaringly obviously from a few feet away, but it’s not perfect.
The Expel film was applied recently and although it’s doing a great job of protecting the car there are a few minor defects under the film. There is a hair trapped in one area and some of the chip repairs have created tiny air bubbles in the region. The new owner can decide if they want the protection or just remove it to eliminate these defects. Honestly, unless I point them out to someone they’re very hard to detect.
In the interior there is a small region between the window controls that has paint lifting/bubbling. It’s still covered, but it’s going to peel eventually.
The daily driving wheels have various small chips that have been touched up but are not perfect on close inspection. There is some curb rash on the inside rim which is invisible when mounted but noticeable when off the car.
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