Porsche engineers are putting the finishing touches to the next Cayman GT4 Clubsport racer, which is set make its competition debut next year using a new flat-six motor. Picking up the baton from the current generation GT4 racer, the 2019 car will get a 4.0-litre pinched from the 911 GT3 with more than 400hp - a jump of at least 15hp on the current 3.8-litre racer - to make it the fastest yet for the series.
To match that extra punch the new Clubsport will get a more aggressive aerodynamic package, one with significantly larger parts than the upcoming second-gen road car (because race car). In the video below, its adjustable coilover suspension clearly brings the body closer to the ground than the road car's ever could, allowing that front splitter and rear diffuser to work air harder and more effectively.
Mechanical bite will be provided by control Michelin slicks (or, if it's raining, wets) to help make the GT4 Clubsport approachable racing machine - all the better for a series which is extremely popular with gentleman drivers and well-heeled punters who fancy a go in something not quite quick enough to have them dicing with disaster every third turn.
The 718 Cayman has already made notable inroads into a broader customer base. It's even been developed into a rally car for the World Rally Championship's uber-cool but fairly undersubscribed R-GT class, which features GT-based machines, so there's more to come too. PistonHeads first broke news of the R-GT Cayman in August, before Porsche then officially confirmed it was indeed working on a 'concept study', which the firm's Le Mans driver Romain Dumas has volunteered to help develop.
Happily, this means that the next Cayman GT4 road car - which we can expect on roads sometime next year - will come with even more motorsport pedigree. Word is it'll be offered in both manual and PDK auto guises, like the 911 GT3 with which it shares that utterly splendid engine. So long as the option for the former remains, along with some of that hair-raising soundtrack, consider us happy.
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