Porsche Tests Cayman GT4 Rally Car
Porsche is testing a rally prepared Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The ‘concept study’ is based heavily on the near-production GT circuit race car with which we are already familiar, it would be eligible for the FIA R-GT category of racing. The special GT4 will run as a course car at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland next weekend (16-19 August) – running ahead of the competing field.
Porsche is using the Rallye Deutschland as an evaluation test in real conditions to establish whether or not the rally project will progress. If there is a future for such a car then vehicles would be made available to customers in due course. Driving the test vehicle at Rallye Deutschland will be Porsche works driver Romain Dumas, the Le Mans winner has contested rallies around the world with his own team, he has also won at Pikes Peak. Dumas has been involved in the test programme for the Cayman GT4 Clubsport concept rally car alongside factory drivers Richard Lietz and Timo Bernhard, who are also seasoned rally drivers.
The Cayman GT4 Clubsport has been actively campaigned at clubsport motorsport level worldwide since 2016, it is powered by the same 385hp 3.8-litre flat-six engine found in the GT4 road car, the mid-engined vehicle features a PDK transmission. For rallying purposes, full underbody protection has been fitted and an energy-absorbing foam element, as used in WRC cars, has been mounted in the doors.
“We’re looking forward to seeing how the rally world responds to our FIA R-GT concept study,” commented Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars. “I would like to invite every interested driver and team principal to visit the service park and take a close look at our rally concept car. Based on the feedback and the interest from potential customers, we will then decide by the end of the year whether we’ll develop in the mid-term a competition car for near-standard rallying based on a future Porsche model.”