Don’t Call Me Cayman: Behold the Porsche GT4 Clubsport MR

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Hear ye, hear ye! Thou shall not call this Porsche a Cayman.
Created by Manthey-Racing, the Porsche GT4 Clubsport MR is based on the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport which made its world debut last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The latter, as I’m sure you know already by now, is based on the Porsche Cayman GT4. The question is, what’s makes it special?

Well, let’s start with the basics. Thanks to comprehensive go-faster upgrades brought by Manthey-Racing, the Porsche GT4 Clubsport MR is an idea more extreme than its forefather. The battery, for example, is a lightweight unit developed specifically for racing cars. Then there’s the carbon fiber doors, the carbon fiber hood, and polycarbonate windscreen. Taken together, all these goodies account for a curb weight drop of 88 pounds (40 kilograms).

Peel off the race-ready skin and you’ll find a two-way adjustable race suspension with linear bearings and a similarly adjustable sway bar. The detail which rounds off the GT4 Clubsport MR nicely is a honking rear wing with extended wing brackets. It looks fast even when it’s sitting still, doesn’t it?

“We welcome the updated Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport package into our offerings for motorsport customers in North America,” tells Jens Walther, the president and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America. “Customer racing is the structure on which all sports car racing is built, and as the GT3 and ACO classes become more manufacturer-oriented, the GT4 category provides a more attainable entry point to compete in sports car racing.”

And yes, this car is an SRO-homologized GT4 brute. Prospective customers will be happy to know that the GT4 Clubsport MR is eligible for the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class and IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class. The Porsche GT4 Clubsport MR and the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport are exclusively available through Porsche Motorsport North America.

Meanwhile, in Porsche land, word has it the road-going Cayman GT4 and the Boxster Spyder are due to be facelifted in the near future. The incoming revision to 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Boxster Spyder won’t see the two lose their naturally aspirated flat-six engine, which is jolly good news.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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