Sime Darby Auto Performance unleashed the Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Porsche together with its sole Malaysian importer Sime Darby Auto Performance continues its time honored motor racing centrality with the purpose-built Cayman GT4 Clubsport – which made its Malaysian debut on January 11th at the one and only venue worthy of its motorsport pedigree and internationally renowned panache – the Sepang International Circuit. A premiere appearance held together with a one-off annual media get-together at SIC’s Kart track, where the media entourage were treated to an exciting Le Mans style kart race.
As fun as the Le Mans style kart race was it goes without saying that the Cayman GT4 Clubsport was undoubtedly the main attraction, with Porsche Works Driver Earl Bamber took in the queries and curiosity from both the media and the guests alike. Bamber remarked, “With the GT4 Category being offered in the 2017 Blancpain GT Asia Series, Porsche motorsport clientele the pretty ‘substantial’ customer racers – well heeled jetsetters with a strong passion for racing, can now participate in the series all over Asia”. Bamber also said that four teams had already confirmed the Cayman GT4 Clubsport as their weapon of choice for the Blancpain GT Asia Series 2017 to commence at Sepang itself on April 8.
Indeed a quick rundown of the Cayman GT4 CS spec sheet tells you it is indeed a formidable racing weapon – the Porsche racing genes trickling throughout every inch of the svelte Porsche sports car with the archetype low-slung silhouette readapted from its iconic kinsmen – the superlative 911; performance car par excellence with a mind-boggling ability to give the new breed of hypercars lots and lots of sleepless nights, and an irresistible appetite for goalpost-shifting habits.
For the Cayman GT4 Clubsport being in the same gene pool with the 911 does have its perks – big plus sized package of performance extras, among them the spring-strut front suspension, taken from the 911 GT3 Cup, while the rear axle borrowed a modified wishbone also from the GT3 Cup 911. The 3.8 liter flat-6 engine features an integrated dry sump system, and although tuned more for reliability than all out horsepower still releases 385ps (283kW). Drive is to the rear via 6 speed Porsche PDK gearbox equipped with a slew of race-honed tech both soft ware and hardware (optimized shift application, Racing-specific Differential, mechanical rear differential lock).
Top-notched stopping power is provided by the GT4 CS’ impressive Racing-specific hydraulic 2-circuit brake system with internally vented 380mm steel brake discs all round, one-piece 6-piston monobloc fixed calipers. With its weight-optimized intelligent aluminiumsteel hybrid construction based lightweight body, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport tips the scales at a lightweight 1,300kg (complete with welded in safety cage)
According to Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance “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”.
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.