Yesterday evening, Malaysian automotive media were gathered at Sepang Kart Circuit for Porsche’s annual media get-together as well as for the unveiling of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The Cayman GT4 Clubsport is bound to the tradition that Porsche has cultivated since day one; a restatement of everything that distinguishes Porsche as a brand and reinforcement of its strong motorsport heritage.
At the heart of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the now familiar 3.8 litre flat-six as used in the road-going GT4. While the engine remains largely unfettered with, the glorious six-speed manual has been replaced with a sharper, more efficient double-clutch transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel and a mechanical rear-locking differential. The front suspension in the GT4 Clubsport is taken from its larger 911 GT3 Cup brother, which competes in Porsche’s 20 one-make championships around world.
Behind the wheels lies a racing brake system with massive 380mm steel brake discs. Keeping true to a race-car status, much of the fat has been trimmed: all luxury items have been stripped, doors are now made of carbonfiber, a larger race-spec fuel tank, driver’s seat now primed with a racing bucket seat with six-point harness, and a safety-cage has been welded in. All in, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport tips the scales at just 1,300kg.
“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, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance.
“With the 2017 Blancpain GT Asia series now offering a GT4-category, customers have the opportunity to participate in this series within the Asia continent.” said Earl Bamber, Porsche Works Driver who was also present at the event. He added that four race teams had already confirmed their participation using the GT4 Clubsport.
Bamber was based in Kuala Lumpur when his racing career took off. His win of the Carrera Cup Asia title in 2013 formed the basis for a career as a factory driver for Porsche. In 2015 he won the 24-hour of Le Mans Race, followed by a stint in the GT-class of the United Sportscar Championship. In 2017 Bamber will be competing in LMP1 racing, the premier class of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) including the 24-hour of Le Mans, driving a Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1.
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is expected to be seen on events within the South East Asia in 2017 through campaigns by Porsche Asia Pacific. Further enquiries can be made to Sime Darby Auto Performance.
Introduction to Porsche Driving Programme
SDAP is focusing to improve the customer experience and sports car fascination for its 4-door sports car customers. New vehicles registered in 2017 will receive a complimentary participation in the “Introduction to Porsche” driving programme at the Sepang International Circuit. New Porsche owners will be mentored by Porsche instructors to improve their driving skills in their very own Porsche. The program also includes a driving experience in 2-door sports car on the racetrack.