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Cars Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport let loose on track

15:19  25 may  2016
15:19  25 may  2016 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport let loose on track © Haymarket Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport let loose on track

The progress of modern race cars echoes the words spoken by the mischievous Ferris Bueller to movie-goers in 1986: “Life moves pretty fast.”

Porsche’s 15-year-old 996-series 911 GT3 Cup racer was simply a lighter, circuit-only version of the road car. Each subsequent generation quickly introduced more technology, bringing additional costs and headaches for the more casual track day and racing enthusiast.

But the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport (CS) is different. It’s a return to more production-based racing cars for the German company. “The plan was to build a track day car positioned under the 911 GT3 Cup as a basis for the sportsman driver,” Porsche told Autocar.

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You fire up the near-stock 3.8-litre flat six with the same key as you’ll find in the Cayman GT4 road car. The unlock button on the key still functions and those are indeed electric window and mirror switches situated on the lovely carbonfibre door cards. The instrument cluster is also taken from the road car. You can even add air conditioning. Just don’t start thinking that the GT4 CS is watered down.

Sure, the race car starts off on the same production line as more humble Caymans, but it heads towards the world of Porsche Motorsport rather early on. A roll cage is welded in. Sound deadening and carpet are ditched. The GT4 road car’s manual gearbox also fails to make the cut. Instead, Porsche fits a PDK dual clutch automatic gearbox similar to that of the base Cayman, but it loses seventh gear and gains a bespoke mechanical limited-slip differential. Finished cars are then shipped to Nürburgring-based Manthey Racing for final race prep, optional extras like air jacks and a shakedown run on the grand prix circuit.

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Our shakedown run was at the safe but challenging Gingerman Raceway in south-west Michigan, the maiden test on US soil for this privately owned GT4 CS. The lack of a removable steering wheel and the beefy FIA-spec roll cage make climbing aboard the mid-engined Porsche a touch tricky. Once inside, a Recaro racing seat secures your anxious body, while the Alcantara steering wheel adjusts for both height and reach, a rare treat in a race car.

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The 380bhp engine ignites into a symphony of commotion. You can’t miss the distinctive rap of the direct-injection fuel system, and drivetrain vibrations from the rigidly mounted engine and gearbox radiate through your body. Once on the track, we juggle swapping gear ratios between the 911 GT3-sourced transmission selector and the extremely tactile paddles. The PDK gearbox is an ideal fit for the GT4 CS, but its leggy ratios annoy, just as they do on many Porsches outside of the 911 GT3/GT3 RS. Speaking of the GT3, the GT4 CS carries a distinct shortage of engine sparkle compared with its higher strung siblings. Its 40kg weight loss over the road car helps slightly, but the big story with the minimalist Cayman is very much the chassis.

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We ran the fully adjustable GT4 CS in Porsche’s as-shipped chassis set-up. Clearly, either Porsche or Manthey Racing is deathly afraid of understeer. They also didn’t feel the need to make adjustments for circuits that are less smooth-surfaced than a snooker table, it would seem. At Gingerman, the Cayman’s GT3 Cup-derived suspension found track surface imperfections we didn’t even know existed, pitching the car and compromising lateral grip. At lower speeds, it’s mostly just annoying. At higher speeds, impressive car control skills are mandatory. Even with the superb, race-tuned stability control, you can get in trouble. You’re welcome to guess how we know that. Word from the racing paddock is that we’re not alone in our critique of the default chassis settings.

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Through the handful of smooth corners at Gingerman, you do feel the intrinsic brilliance as well as the enormous pace of the GT4 CS. The electric power steering is communicative and direct and the chassis responds wonderfully to varying degrees of steering, throttle and braking inputs.

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Speaking of deceleration, the PDK gearbox allows consistent use of your left foot for applying the impressive GT3 Cup steel brakes. Also, the combination of nicely judged traction control and wide, 305mm rear Pirelli slicks give fantastic straight-line traction.

We have little doubt that fiddling with the chassis would result in a transformation. The GT4 CS’s early race wins in various competition series is proof. But is this focused car a good fit for the less hardcore Porsche enthusiast? We asked Porsche just that question. They said: “Yes, that’s the idea. No special racing shop is necessary.”

Outside of the chassis set-up, they may be right. Just remember: if you buy a Cayman GT4 Clubsport, make sure to sort the suspension before visiting a less-than-glass-smooth circuit or your factory Porsche race car may have a similar fate to the Ferrari in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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  Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport let loose on track © Provided by Haymarket Media Group

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport

Price £105k (est); Power 380bhp; Torque 310lb ft; Weight 1300kg; 0-62mph 4.0sec (est); Top speed 183mph

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  Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport let loose on track © Provided by Haymarket Media Group

Porsche Cayman GT4

Price £64,451; Power 380bhp; Torque 310lb ft; Weight 1340kg; 0-62mph 4.4sec (est); Top speed 183mph

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