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New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport racer features natural-fiber body parts

Three years after the premiere of the first Cayman GT4 Clubsport, Porsche now unveils its successor: the new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the first production race car to feature body parts made of natural-fiber composite material.

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The driver and co-driver doors and the rear wing are made of an organic fiber mix, which are sourced primarily from agricultural by-products such as flax or hemp fibers and feature similar properties to carbon fiber in terms of weight and stiffness.

The new near-standard mid-engine racer comes in two versions ex-works: the “Trackday” model for ambitious amateur racing drivers and the “Competition” variant for national and international motor racing.

Powering the 718 GT4 Clubsport is a 3.8-liter flat-six engine producing 313 kW (425 hp). Compared to its predecessor, this represents a 40-hp increase in performance. The power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Porsche dual-clutch gearbox with six gears and mechanical rear axle differential lock.

The lightweight spring-strut front suspension is taken from its big 911 GT3 Cup brother. The racing brake system features steel brake discs all round measuring 380 millimeters in diameter. Tipping the scales at 1,320 kilograms, the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, delivered ex-works with a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat as well as a six-point harness, is a real lightweight.

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