The replacement for the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is here, with this track-only model featuring an intriguing replacement for carbon fibre parts.
Just like the ever-increasing interest in veganism (veganuary, anyone?), the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport has body panels made from plant-based fibres. The flax and hemp fibres are sourced as agricultural by-products, and certainly something Porsche feels the need to shout about.
With doors and rear wing made from the organic fibres, Porsche states that the new GT4 Clubsport is a big deal. In fact, it is the first ever production race car to wear body parts made from a natural-fibre organic mix.
Decarbonised, but more powerful
With similar properties to carbon fibre, the organic matter mix is said to retain similar abilities in terms of weight and stiffness.
The new sustainable materials are not the only changes, with Porsche undertaking plenty of development during the past three years. A further 40hp has been extracted from the 3.8-litre flat-six engine, boosting the total output to 425hp with 313lb-ft of torque.
A race-tuned six-speed PDK dual-clutch is standard, driving the rear wheels through a mechanically locking limited slip differential. Lightweight suspension is borrowed from the 911 GT3 Cup racer, whilst racing brakes features 380mm discs all round.
Produced by the Weissach factory in both ‘Trackday’ and ‘Competition’ versions, only the latter model will be offered to buyers in the UK. The Competition trim includes a number of key features aimed at motorsport use.
An FIA-approved welded-in roll cage, single Recaro bucket seat and six-point racing harness are all included. An automatic fire extinguisher system comes plumbed in, whilst the fuel tank can store up to 115-litres of super unleaded.
The steering wheel features a quick-release mechanism, borrowed from the 911 GT3 R. Changing the 18-inch forged alloy wheels is also made easier, thanks to an integrated three-piston air jack system.
Priced at £130,000 plus VAT, orders can be placed with Porsche Cars GB Motorsport department now. First deliveries will be made to customers in February 2019.