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    Cayman OC Meet - Super Sausage - 29th April

    Title: Cayman OC Meet - Super Sausage - 29th April
    With winter now firmly behind us we have arranged our normal ‘spot’ for a Cars and Bacon Sarnie meet at the Super Sausage Cafe near Towcester.  
     
    Date: Sunday 29th April 
    Time: 9am until Midday 
    Location: Super Sausage Cafe, Towcester 
     
    Be handy to get an idea of numbers so we can manage the space with the Chris and Gail at the Cafe.  
     
    See you there!!  
     
     

    Whats in your garage...?

    Title: Whats in your garage...?
    A member started a thread on the forum this week entitled ‘what’s in your garage’, and it got us thinking, the garage, man-cave, ‘office’, call it what you will it’s the pride of many a petrol head’s home. In fact some examples that can be found around the web are indeed enough to make you realise that even your bedroom is more than due for a lick of paint, because some people are taking better care of their cars than you are of yourself and your family it seems.
     
    Many of you have probably seen ’12 Gauge Garage’, the pride and joy clearly of one man and his classic 911 – it’s worth a look because this particular garage has its very own website.
     
    Jack Olsen’s Garage
     

     
    You delve a bit deeper into this micro universe of garages and you begin to realise that this is more than just a passion for some folk, We’d almost put some owners up there with the likes of Howard Hughes.  Eating your dinner from the bench is standard, some appear to be of a level of cleanliness that has far surpassed that, it would without a doubt put the NHS to shame; although open heart surgery is tricky with a 13mm ratchet, we’ve been told..
     

     
    The garages (or garage rooms as some should be) that really impressed us are those which have an element of architectural interest about them or with some imaginative design aspect. This particular garage is a marvel to behold, enjoy…

    TR Built Garage
     

     
    We would prefer to see some more members garages personally, if it contains your pride and joy Cayman or a selection of fine vintage and classic Stuttgart metal then that it goes without saying it will be more than welcome here, but we’re equally intrigued to see what else graces your should-be car space, washing machine and ride-on lawn mowers included.
     

     
    Show us how original you can be here: Whats in your garage thread
     
    Famous US TV chat show hosts need not apply.

    WHO IS…THE ‘URBAN OUTLAW’

    Title: WHO IS…THE ‘URBAN OUTLAW’
    For those of you that don’t know allow me to introduce Magnus Walker and if you don’t know the man chances are you’ve seen his ’71 911T no.277 which has graced the covers of several Porsche magazines over the last few years. Like the R-Gruppe founder Cris Huergas before him Magnus is a marmite man… If you love early 911’s then you’ll either love or hate what he does. Either way his passion for Porsche and particularly his love for the 911 is plain to see but before we get into the cars let’s talk about the man.
     
    “Porsche collection – Out of control hobby” is where it begins (sounds familiar) and a forum thread posted on the “bird” gives us an insight into his collection of SWB 911’s from 64 to 72, it’s a great read, all 152 pages!
     
    “Out of Control Hobby”
     
    “Outlaw” is a fitting phrase he’s coined for his collection but what makes these cars special, what sets them apart is the single minded vision of their owner. By his own admission he’s “not your regular Porsche guy”. The first thing you notice is his beard and dreadlocks tucked up in a cap or oversized beany, The layered plaid shirts over jeans and boots is total rock’n’roll and the sparkle in his eyes when he talks about his cars is that of a man living the dream and sharing his passion. Born in Sheffield he went to the states in ’86 and ended up in LA forming his fashion label Serious Clothing in ’94, setting up shop in the Arts District of LA, the rest as they say is history.

     

     
    His goal is to have a 911 for every year of production between ’64 & ’73, he currently has ’64, ’65, ’66, ’68, ’69, ’70, ’71 & ’72 and each one is unique. Magnus has built what he would call “street-able, track-able, hot-rod cars” and there is no denying it, all his Outlaws are fabulous cars created from period shells and a pursuit of perfection that isn’t comparable to the regular “factory stock” approach. But let us be clear these are not “backdated” 3.0 SC’s or Carrera 3.2’s these are authentic period 911’s. Although they’re not “matching numbers cars” each one is tuned, beautifully finished and crafted by Magnus. The attention to detail is inspiring, the gradual addition of elements to give each car a unique personality and character is what sets them apart but most importantly these aren’t museum pieces, these cars are driven.
     
     
    Of course that’s not the whole story… Now Magnus is suffering from a condition that some of us have experienced Turbo fever. Now we all know that there is only one medicine to reduce the burning all-consuming desire… But Magnus has taken it to the next level and has 4! Three from ’76 & one from ’77 all 3 litre non inter-cooled cars, one of which was the first registered Turbo Carrera in the USA. As you would imagine these cars are also stunning and some have signature ‘Magnus Walker 911’ elements, rather than ramble on I’ll let him explain in his own words…
     
     
    “G.O.A.D” is an acronym we’re going to adopt at CaymanOC if you haven’t guessed what it means yet then Magnus can enlighten you, it’s simple;
     
    “Get out and drive”
     
     
     
    Author: Elliot Price (TF6) 2015


    WHO IS…HANS MEZGER

    Title: WHO IS…HANS MEZGER
    With the wealth of knowledge on internet forums these days one would think that given the number of times we hear the phrase ‘Mezger’ (often twinned with ‘bullet proof‘) we ought to have some vague knowledge of the history of this terminology used to describe the engine used in various GT and Turbo 911 derivatives.  Of course we know the name, but who is Hans Mezger, and probably more importantly why is his name so synonymous with these Porsche engines?
     

     
    Born in November 1929 in Besigheim, Swabia, and after narrowly missing being called up to fight in the dying days of Germany’s war effort Mezger went on to graduate from Stuttgart Technical University with an engineering degree.  Upon graduating Mezger had a number of opportunities to work with various large automotive companies however the first stepping stone on his chosen employment path was for a then rather small company known as Porsche which was to be his employer for the next nearly 40 years.  After a few years with Porsche he moved into the design department and worked on the 804 flat-8 Formula 1 engine.  This led eventually to his most notable works on the 917, here Mezger led Porsche’s development of turbocharging with the 1100 hp 917/30.
     
    Mezger’s involvement with the 917 in 1968 was to be a definitive moment in his career as 2 years later in 1970 Porsche won their first victory at Le Mans and various other endurance events that same year.  Porsche were the team to beat, and indeed Ferrari desperate to compete and develop an engine worthy of doing so had sold half of their stock to Fiat to finance it.
     

     
    So Mezger, having developed the flat-four from the 356 into the flat six for the 901 and 911 back in 1963 an engine he managed to develop from 1.4 to 3.6 liters then found himself back in Formula 1.  Ron Dennis, a director of McLaren Racing International, approached Porsche to design a Grand Prix engine which would replace the DFV in his John Barnard designed cars.  Two months later on October 12th design work for the new McLaren power plant was handed over to Hans Merger, now Porsche’s deputy head of engine research and development.   Mezger was responsible for the TAG V6 engine which dominated Formula One in the late ’80s nestled in the middle of the McLaren F1 cars and went on to be responsible for 3 consecutive drivers championships.
     

     
    So what of the ‘Mezger Engine’, where did it really begin.  Many refer to the original being developed for the Porsche 911 GT1 car, but this wasn’t unveiled until 1996 and we know that Mezger retired from Porsche in 1994, so the roots surely are further back and looking at the GT1 power plant we know it was a creation of the alloy casings derived from the 930 turbo and the 962/4 partly water cooled motor that was then coupled with a full dry sump.  So a more fitting description for Mezger’s touch in the later GT and Turbo cars must go back a long way and then taking in aspects of the early 901/911 engines and elements of the TAG F1 engines derived from the Porsche Group-C cars.  Confusing isn’t it?
     

     
    This year Mezger celebrates his 89th birthday and apparently still retains close relations with his former employer.  Hans Mezger was responsible for many great creations and motorsport achievements during his career with Porsche.  His name is synonymous with some of the greatest engines in Porsches history including the 911 GT/Turbo engines which have become colloquially known by his very name whether slightly misleading of their immediate heritage or otherwise.
     
    For a more in-depth look into the life and career of Hans Mezger we would recommend reading the autobiographical title ‘Porsche and Me: Hans Mezger’ by Peter Morgan.
     
    For now he earns a place in our Porsche Heroes Hall of Fame.
     
     
     

    More on the 2019 Porsche Mission E

    Title: More on the 2019 Porsche Mission E
    Full details on the production version of Porsche's all-electric performance car
     
     
    So how much do you want to know about the real Mission E, the all-electric performance car that Porsche are bringing in to production in 2019.
    The details are interesting, the car looks fantastic, travels at ludicrous speed and provides some much needed competition to the Tesla cars.  
     

     
    Design
    The 2019 Mission E will launch with a sports coupe style with a low and sleek profile, very similar to the first concept we saw in September 2015. There are some subtle changes though, namely the wide arches which is a shame but maybe to be expected.  
     
    The car will use a slightly re-desinged version of the body shell from the Cross Turismo, albeit with a different roof and will ride much lower.
     

     
    Performance
    Mission-E will do 0-62mph in ‘less than 3.5 seconds’ and It’ll also get to 125mph in ‘less than’ 12 seconds and have a top speed of ‘more than’ 155mph says Porsche officially and we believe the 'less/more-than' is the important aspect of these claims phrase. We fully expect typical Porsche conservatism on the numbers here.  
     
    These bonkers statistics are delivered by a pair of powerful motors, front and rear, totalling more than 600bhp.  They’re the permanent magnet synchronous type, as used by Nissan and others.  They’re more power-dense and temperature-stable than Tesla’s induction motors.
     
    To keep the acceleration strong all the way to top speed, two-speed gearboxes will be used. The 918 decouples its front motor at speed; it’s conceivable the Mission E will have a two-speed box at the back and a decoupling clutch at the front. It’s fundamentally a rear-biased car anyway, as the rear motor is more powerful than the front.
     

     
    Braking
    As you would expect of a Porsche the braking is going to be pack leading and Porsche confirms it will have computer ‘blended’ braking where the pedal is effectively a request for retardation rather than a mechanical link to the discs. A computer works out whether to get that retardation from the discs or the motors.  
     

     
    Noise
    Ok, so following the 718 Cayman release we all know how emotional we can be with how a Porsche should sound.   The Mission-E won’t sound like a flat 6 for obvious reasons.  However Porsche R&D chief Michael Steiner says: “It needs to be low noise, but with more emotion. But not a false V8 or flat-six sound. We could synthesise that, but it would be silly. The sound will be linked to the technology.”  
     
     

     
    Battery Charge & Range
    It takes just fifteen minutes to charge the Mission-E, from flat to 80%. By about 2020, there will be a network of EV chargers across continental Europe, no more than 75 miles apart. They also include a contactless payment system, so as soon as you drive up they’re ready to go. 
     
    There are currently a plethora of different routes to charging your electric vehicle and different methods to pay and which will work and which won't.  We expect a format war of sorts over the coming years and hopefully they will one day all accept the same USB plug  
     
    Porsche claim the Mission-E will cover 500km on the NEDC cycle but expect a lot less in real world driving. This still falls short of the Tesla comparable models which is disappointing.  
     
     

     
     
     

    WHO IS…WALTER RÖHRL

    Title: WHO IS…WALTER RÖHRL
    This is supposed to be a regular piece about Motoring Icons who would have hopefully at least a tenuous link somewhere in history with Porsche.  However unless you keep a keen eye on the latest Nurburgring lap times or are a Porsche fan, you’ve probably not heard much of this chap and so household name he isn’t.  But in the Porsche world he is very well known, the question is why and where’s he come from….who is Walter Röhrl? 
     
    Walter Röhrl was born on 7th March 1947 in Regensburg, Germany, growing up he was an accomplished skier and became a ski instructor. His CV would probably say something like “German rally and auto racing driver, with victories for Fiat, Opel, Lancia and Audi as well as Porsche, Ford and BMW. Currently senior test driver for Porsche road cars”.
    Röhrl made his name in rally driving during the golden era of the Group B rally cars which required skill, guts and a steely nerve at the very least, real men’s rallying. But it wasn’t just taking part in this hairy chested ordeal that made him famous, it was winning the first rally he entered in 1968 at the age of 21. From there he went on to many successful titles, numerous podium finishes and won the WRC twice. That would in itself be a successful career for many, but not for Röhrl.
     

     
    In 1987 Röhrl entered the Pikes Peak hill climb in Colorado, his tool was an Audi Sport Quattro S1 endowed with over 600 horsepower. Back then the road which is now mainly covered in tarmac was a treacherous gravel track which snaked its way around 156 corners to a height of over 14,000ft. Röhrl finished there that day, smashing the record by 22 seconds and the first to break the 11 minute mark.
     
    Röhrl was also successful in road racing events, and has won many plaudits including being elected Rallye Driver of the Century in Italy, Rallye driver of the Millennium in France, and quite blushingly referred to once as a “Genius on Wheels” by Niki Lauda.
     

     
    So what of his work for Porsche, so far he’s been connected with many other manufactures with a racing heritage, and whilst having occasionally raced in Porsches over the years it wasn’t until more recently that his name has really been synonymous with Porsche. His position as senior test driver requires amongst other jobs, to set fast lap times in new Porsche cars round the Nürburgring Nordschleife (do jobs get any better than that?). Doing this since the early 1990s and having been involved in the development of many of the more exciting models that Porsche produce. In July 2004 Röhrl set the then lap record for a production car at the Nürburgring in a Porsche Carrera GT, the very car that more recently Röhrl described publicly as the first car he has driven that he is scared of, following the untimely death of the actor Paul Walker.
     
    There is so much more that can be written on Röhrl’s career to date, numerous achievements in fact, from 4 wins at Monte Carlo to being the youngest person to win the WRC in 1980. I could go on, but I’d suggest that a more animated view of the master at work is a short YouTube search away. In the meantime we certainly have no hesitation in welcoming Walter Röhrl into our hall of fame, one of his less prestigious titles we accept but one of huge appreciation.
     
     
     
     
     

    Merry Christmas 2017

    Title: Merry Christmas 2017
    Its that time of year when I subject you all to my thoughts, reminisce on the previous 12 months and contemplate the next 12.  
     
    Its a little over two years now since the club was born and since then I genuinely believe there have been some significant milestones reached and the club has grown both in member numbers (nearly 1,000) and in reputation.  We've been approached by one or two car magazines now to assist with features and input to relevant editorial pieces.  We've developed relationships with a number of well know Porsche indys some who offer to host our club meets, and the Super Sausage loves us more than the Honda owners club! (source: @Beanoir).  
     
    All of these are great achievements which many of you have helped to contribute towards, so thank you. 
     
    The Admin and Moderation team constantly work hard to ensure that the website, social media platforms and forum is kept running smoothly.  We do rely on members to alert us to issues particularly relating to the general performance of the website, some of you (@DJMC) are particularly efficient at such matters - i'm sure i'd be far less busy without you .  We try to correct the issues raised, but some of a more technical nature can often keep us scratching our heads with little in the way of solutions being found for months on end.  Keeping a website going can be a mine field of jargon and tech sometimes! 
     
    Big thanks to @Andy this year for keeping up with Mod duties and helping out with the social media stuff whilst dealing with the fun of fatherhood, i'm sure 2018 will bring a better balance of sleep vs. semi functional human existence!   
     
    Next year we'll be focusing more on getting out there, more regular local meets and more representation at national events.  Its great when members offer real support for the club and our presence at Beaulieu this summer wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for @Nail it taking on the job of arranging our spot at the show - huge thanks Duncan!  The meet at RPM Technik in January promises to be a great venue with the guys there really rolling out the red carpet for us, so it would be really great to see a good turnout, looking forward to that.  
     
    I encourage every member who wants to contribute to come forward with feedback, ideas and spare time, we'll consider most things!  
     
    Christmas is very nearly upon us, so I wish you all and your families a very merry Christmas.  Enjoy the down time and in between; in the words of a famous Porsche guru, "Get Out and Drive"
     
    Cheers!

    The OC Team 
     
     
     
     

    Cayman OC Meet at RPM Technik

    Title: Cayman OC Meet at RPM Technik
    The guys at RPM Technik have kindly offered to host a Cayman OC meet at their HQ!
     
    We will be treated to breakfast (Bacon rolls and drinks), a guided tour of their premises and workshops, various cars on display including their latest CSR Cayman and the RPM GT4, a guest speaker with a Q&A session.   
     
    RPM will be opening up on the Sunday morning just for the event, for us, so can people please put their names down on the list so we can keep track of numbers for the day to ensure there is enough parking space on the day.  
     
    Time:
    9:00 - Breakfast
    10:00 - Guided Tour of RPM
    10:45 - Guest Speaker 
    12noon - Finish
     
    Date: Sunday 14th January 2018
     
    Location: RPM Technik, Units 6&7, Old Airfield Industrial Estate, Cheddington Lane, Long Marston, Hertfordshire, HP23 4QR

    Cayman Owners Christmas Wish List

    Title: Cayman Owners Christmas Wish List
    As the silly season approaches there tends to be 2 questions that everybody struggles to answer, one being the obligatory “what are you doing for Christmas?” (although in my house that question has been asked as early as June by the in-laws).  The next question that can often be tricky for the ‘person who has it all’ is “what do you want for Christmas?” 
     
    So, we’ll try and make it easy for your dear other half/parents/children/work secret Santa – we’ve made a list for any Cayman fan to hand over whenever that question is asked!
     
    Cayman T-Shirt - £15 (Amazon)
     

     
    Any Cayman owners wardrobe would be ill equipped without at least one item of clothing paying tribute to our favourite 2 seater coupe. 

    Get your Cayman T-shirt here
     
     
     
    Porsche Boxster and Cayman: The Complete Story - £25 (Amazon)
     

     
    We reviewed a copy of this book by Johnny Tipler last year and it contains much of what any Cayman owner would expect to read about.  The complete story…up to a point, but that shouldn’t put you off – just keep a look out for the next chapter!
     
    Buy your copy from Amazon here
     
     
     
    Cayman GT4 CS 1:18 Scale Model - £85 (GT Spirit and Amazon)
     

     
    Once those Christmas decorations have been put away the house always looks a bit bare, fear not you could now have something to adorn your mantelpiece all year round….right?  GT Sprit make some nice scale models and this 1:18 scale GT4 is no exception.  Available to buy on Amazon
     
    Buy your scale model GT4 CS here
     
     
     
    Radio Controlled Cayman R - $35 (Various)

    Whose life would not be complete with such a toy!?  Given the humble cost of this RC model, we think it represents a relatively faithful reproduction of the much loved Cayman R and provides for a good few hours entertainment chasing the pets around the front room after a few too many glasses of eggnog on the big day!
     
    Buy your Radio Controlled Cayman R here
     
     
    Project Cars 2 - £25 (Zavvi)
     

     
    Project Cars 2 is not for the casual gamer, but for those who take their racing sims far more seriously (some take it very seriously!).  This edition brings a nice list of Porsche cars to the game, one of which is a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. 
     
    We're definitely fans of this one, see you online!

    Buy Project Cars 2 here

    718 GT4 Spotted

    Title: 718 GT4 Spotted
    So, could this be the much anticipated 718 GT4?  With some familiar styling cues, GT4 sized brakes and back end seen on the Spyder it certainly looks like to could be. 
     
    Perhaps the more important question is...which engine is wrapped up in there..? 
     
     


    British Legends Edition 911 Carrera 4 GTS

    Title: British Legends Edition 911 Carrera 4 GTS
    Another month, another limited edition from Porsche, this time in the form of the 'British Legends 911 Carrera 4 GTS'.  One of three versions being released by Porsche to celebrate the successes of Porsche factory drivers Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy, each is specified with a range of bespoke Alcantara details inside and subtle exterior stripes.  
     
    The one featured here is the Sapphire Blue Metallic British Legends Edition and celebrates Porsche driver Derek Bell and his 1982 Le Mans victory.
     
    Being built in very limited numbers, expect this to be as easy to get your hands on as Weinstein's diary.   
     
     
     
     
     


     
     
     

    RPM Technik - 981 Cayman CSR

    Title: RPM Technik - 981 Cayman CSR
    RPM Technik have revealed their latest CSR creation based on the 981 Cayman.  RPM are famous for their track focussed versions of other Porsches, most notably based on the 996 and 987 but this promises to be an exciting addition to the lineup and offers potential owners a well researched and tested track focussed version of what is already a fantastic driver's car.  
     
    The 981 CSR has been developed from track data gathered via testing at Spa Francorchamps and Millbrook Proving Grounds, and in consultation with former Carrera Cup and BTCC Champion, Tim Harvey. 
     
    The 981 CSR includes the following list of upgrades and modifications; 
     
    Engine, suspension and running gear
    CSR lightweight clutch and flywheel assembly sports exhaust system CSR Limited Slip Diff Custom design CSR low-ratio crown wheel and pinion to shorten the very long 981 gear ratios  Re-designed front brakes which incorporate large six-pot callipers and floating discs Modified Ohlins coilover suspension combined with stiffer ARBs 19-inch HRE alloy wheels complete with Michelin Cup tyres full geometry setup, including ride height and corner weighting on the very latest Biessbarth geometry equipment Exterior
    CSR Aero spoiler, CSR rear diffuser and an uprated front bumper  CSR driving lights CSR decal set Interior
    CSR rev counter CSR steering wheel CSR sill trims, racing harnesses re-engineered pedals to assist heel and toe downshifts CSR unique build plaque
    The 981 CSR is available to order now as a full conversion for £34,995.  Off course as with all CSR models the conversion can be undertaken on a modular basis or it can be built to a customer’s own specification. 
     
    We are looking forward to seeing and hearing more about the 981 CSR in January at the OC meet!  
     

     

    Cayman OC Meet at RPM Technik

    Title: Cayman OC Meet at RPM Technik
    The guys at RPM Technik have kindly offered to host a Cayman OC meet at their HQ!
     
    Details to be refined but there will be a guided tour of their workshops, various cars on display including their latest CSR Cayman and the RPM GT4 and the RPM team around to chat about the cars. 
     
    You will also be very glad to know that a cafe van serving drinks and bacon sandwiches will be open and serving.  
     
    RPM will be opening up on the Sunday morning just for the event, for us, so can people please put their names down on the list so we can keep track of numbers for the day to ensure there is enough parking space on the day.  
     
    Time: 9am-12noon
    Date: Sunday 14th January 2018
    Location: RPM Technik, Units 6&7, Old Airfield Industrial Estate, Cheddington Lane, Long Marston, Hertfordshire, HP23 4QR
     
    More details closer to the time, but this should be a really good event to get out and beat the new year blues and blow away the cobwebs!  
     
    For those unfamiliar with RPM Technik, they are a well known independent Porsche specialist and individually they are enthusiasts.  https://rpmtechnik.co.uk
     
     

     

    Become a Club Contributor and gain extra benefits!

    Title: Become a Club Contributor and gain extra benefits!
    All,
     
    Following feedback from a few members we’ve made a few changes to the website and the Club Contributor and Donation packages we offer. 
    Firstly as I’m sure you are all aware, the club is maintained by the Team voluntarily. The time the Team put in I know is appreciated and the payment is the pleasure we get from running such a great website for a great base of members cantered around the cars we have a passion for.
     
    Additionally the Team increasingly have to dig into their own pockets to maintain the various elements of running a website and forum.  The costs of domain name renewals, hosting costs and cloud space are regular costs and some also increase as the member base grows.  We generate a small portion of the overall costs from advertising revenue, but as you may be aware we also offer club stickers, donation options and the ability to become a Club Contributor.  The latter now comes with additional benefits so that the cost gives these members who do wish to upgrade from now on some tangible benefits which include;
     
    Promotion to the Club Contributor Group on the forum to recognise your contribution 1 club window sticker 1 standard sticker  a selection of CaymanOC calling cards increased file upload limits access to all areas of the website less adverts visible on the website  
    We have tried to make these changes in a way that is not mandatory for members to donate/contribute (i.e. maintaining a subscription free club and website) which is an ethos we will continue to maintain but of course we greatly appreciate everybody's contribution here at CaymanOC. 
    Any feedback as always is welcome
     
    T.

    Electric Porsche Cayman e-volution revealed

    Title: Electric Porsche Cayman e-volution revealed
    Porsche has created an all-electric Cayman, and its called the Cayman e-volution.  The car has been on display at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Porsche's home town of Stuttgart.
     
    The Cayman e-volution is a one-off and was first developed nearly 2 years ago.  This car has been updated with Porsche's Turbo Charging (PTC) system.  The e-volution was created wth the intention of demonstrating how electric cars can still offer sportiness, despite dynamic disadvantages such as increased weight. 
     
    The Cayman e-volution has a range of around 120 miles and can reach 62mph in 3.3sec – 1.1sec quicker than the current range-topping 2.5-litre 718 Cayman S, with the quick-shifting PDK gearbox.  One unusual aspect to this Cayman is the four-wheel drive system (although not to electric sports cars), the car is limited to 120mph and has a 38kWh capacity in its lithium-ion battery pack which provides a range of about 120 miles.
     
    Porsche says the car is a hint at things to come and that it offers a flavour of what to expect from its first production electric vehicle, the Mission E. 
     

     

     

    Cayman 718 GTS Official Launch

    Title: Cayman 718 GTS Official Launch
    Porsche has officially announced the release of the new 718 GTS models.  
     
    As we reported earlier this month, the new Cayman GTS will be powered by the same 4 cylinder turbo charged engine in the S model with a slight increase in both power and torque (360bhp and 317lbft respectively). The increased power compared with the existing 718 S has been achieved via a revised intake system and turbocharger tweaks
     
    The 718 Cayman GTS costs from £59,866 and the new car is available to order now, with the first deliveries in December. 
     
    The car will come standard with a manual gearbox.  Other standard equipment includes a Sport Chrono Package, torque vectoring with a mechanical limited-slip differential and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which reduces the ride height by 10mm.
     
    The maximum torque of 317lb ft is available from 1,900 to 5,000rpm. With the PDK gearbox and the launch control function of the Sport Chrono Package, the 718 GTS can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.1sec.
     
    The Cayman GTS will have a maximum speed of 180mph. The EU Combined economy is 34.4mpg, with 186g/km of CO2 emissions.
     
    The GTS notable differentiating external features are a revised front end, with black-tinted lenses over the Bi-Xenon LED headlights. At the rear, the black theme is continued on the lights and badging, with black exhaust tailpipes. The customary black GTS logos feature either side. 
     
    In keeping with the usual GTS appointments there are Alcantara sections on the seats, which are electrically adjustable, along with Alcantara on the steering wheel rim, centre console and armrests.
     
    Accompanying the Cayman GTS will be a Boxster GTS and both cars are available to order in PDK dual clutch transmission. 
     

     

     

     

     

    KDH Creative - 'Ratty Cayman'

    Title: KDH Creative - 'Ratty Cayman'
    KDH Creative have created a rather interesting look on a Cayman using a liquid wrap and which involves several layers of a rubber based productive to provide a more lifelike look than a vinyl wrap would.  The look has been combined with some classic Martini style graphics for a truly unique piece of car art.  
     
    More photos and the artists website here:  http://www.kdhcreative.co.uk/#/porschemartiniratlook/
     

     

     
    Photo credits: KDH Creative

    West Coast Custom's Cayman based Porsche 356

    Title: West Coast Custom's Cayman based Porsche 356
    Take a closer look at this 356, nothing odd? Look again.  
     

     
    Its looks like a 356, but just a bit wider, and much bigger wheels and a then there's that hump right behind the passenger seat...
     
    It's a 356 body that's been lengthened and widened to fit over a 987 Cayman chassis. Created by the world renowned West Coast Customs, and it's featured on this week's episode of Jay Leno's Garage.
     
    Ryan Friedlinghaus, the CEO of West Coast Customs, told Leno it took around eight months to build, and no expense was spared. All the glass had to be custom-made for this car and the bodywork is all steel.  A great job by the looks and all without any fibreglass, to top it off (pun intended) it has a removable hard roof! 
     
     
     
     
     
     

    718 Cayman vs. 981 GT4

    Title: 718 Cayman vs. 981 GT4
    A comparison....for a bit of light hearted Friday amusement!   
     
    Tire Rack's Jonny Lieberman goes for a drive in his friend Derek Powell’s Porsche Cayman GT4. Why? Because Lieberman suspects the new Cayman S, in typical Porsche fashion, is just as capable as the top dog from the previous iteration of the mid-engine two-seater. The two hop into the brand-new, four-cylinder, turbocharged 718 to see if there’s any truth to Jonny’s Lieberman’s assertion. After coming to no definitive answer while blasting around California’s Angeles Crest Highway, the boys decide to take both Caymans to the Streets of Willow to see what pro driver Randy Pobst can make of them. Is the new 718 Cayman S good enough to beat and beat up on the GT4? Watch and find out!
     
     
     
     

    New GT4 successor "very close"

    Title: New GT4 successor "very close"
    Porsche is understood to be “very close” to making a decision to go ahead with a successor to the GT4.
     
    Porsche’s GT division brought us the 911 GT3 Touring package undoubtedly following the success of the Cayman GT4, and now we understand that something even closer to our hearts could be next.
     

     
    “The GT4 showed us there was demand for a pure driving Porsche with a manual gearbox,” said Frank Walliser, Porsche’s VP of Motorsport “This theme of ‘pure and simple’ is a success in other fields too, like scrambler motorbikes and single-speed bicycles. People like simplicity.”
     

     
     
    “A GT car drives like it does because all the suspension components are changed. And the investment has to be recouped with the price. You can’t downsize the idea of a GT car.”
    The introduction of the 718 saw Porsche dropping six-cylinder engines from the Cayman in favour of four-cylinder turbo engines.
     
     
     
     
    hints from Walliser that a successor to the GT4 is also likely to have six cylinders.
     
    Watch this space….
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    Who is Frank Walliser?

    Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser joined Porsche as a mechanical engineering student in 1995.
     
    With a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering specialising in combustion engines and technology management, Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser held the position of General Manager of Motorsport Strategies at Porsche from 2003 to 2008. As the overall project manager of the 918 Spyder from November 2010, he was responsible for the development of Porsche’s ground-breaking super sports car.
     
    Porsche motorsport is familiar terrain for Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser. A native of Stuttgart, Walliser took over as the Vice President of Motorsport at Porsche on 1st October 2014. In this role, he is responsible for the worldwide GT motor racing activities for both the factory team and Porsche’s customer teams. He will also be responsible for GT production sports cars, while remaining as project manager for the 918 Spyder project.
     

    360hp Porsche 718 Cayman & Boxster GTS are coming

    Title: 360hp Porsche 718 Cayman & Boxster GTS are coming
    Porsche is currently finalising the new GTS models for the Cayman and Boxster. The 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS are expected to be officially unveiled later this year at the LA Motor Show on 1-10th December
     
    Both the Cayman and Boxster GTS are powered by a tweaked version of the 2.5-litre, turbocharged, flat-four engine. The motor is expected to develop 360hp, representing an increase of about 15hp over the engine found in the current Cayman S and Boxster S.
     
    Spy shots at the Nürburgring have spotted the cars being tested and sporting a new front bumper and twin central exhausts. Besides this, the GTS-spec models will also feature the traditional GTS refinements, including suspension upgrades with electronically controlled adaptive dampers and a slightly lowered ride height.  Along with the PASM, both cars will also likely to get the Sport Chrono package.
     

    Porsche GT2RS sets Nordschleife world record

    Title: Porsche GT2RS sets Nordschleife world record
    Ok so it’s not a Cayman, but the new Porsche GT2 is an awesome machine and one we love.  
     

     
    Whilst the fastest lap time of Nordschleife is not the only benchmark of a fine sports car, the achievement is impressive nonetheless.  
     
     

    Cayman GTR build by Road Scholars

    Title: Cayman GTR build by Road Scholars
    The guys at Road Scholars have created something quite special this time, dubbed the 'GTR'.   
     

     
    Based on a 987 Cayman, it's been modified quite considerably including a custom widebody conversion, an enlarged 911 engine (4.2-litre), various GT3 RS parts (including carbon ceramic brakes), an exquisite-looking CAE ‘Ultra Short Shifter, a completely reworked interior and much more besides.
     

     
     
    Watch the video and decide for yourself, but whether you love it or hate it there is no question it's been created and finished to a very high standard as you'd expect.  
     
    Enjoy
     
     
     
     
     

    Cayman GT4 in Norwich to promote road safety for Norfolk Police

    Title: Cayman GT4 in Norwich to promote road safety for Norfolk Police
    A Cayman GT4 has been donated to the Norfolk Police force by the Lind Trust, a charity which supports the development of young people in Norwich and Norfolk. According to research, young drivers are disproportionately represented in fatal and serious collision statistics with 61 young drivers having lost their lives and 504 having suffered serious injury in Norfolk over the past five years.
     
     
    This GT4 will be used by police at events such as the Royal Norfolk Show and taken to areas where car enthusiasts gather as well as being taken to schools and colleges around the county to engage with young people. The campaign was launched at Norwich Cathedral just a couple of days after the deaths of three teenagers, named locally as Dominic O’Neill, Kyle Warren and Billy Hines, following a crash at Pulham Market on Wednesday night.
     
    Simon Bailey, Norfolk’s chief constable, said the families of all three involved in the tragedy were spoken to before going ahead with the launch.
    He said: “If they hadn’t given their consent it (the launch) would’ve been deferred out of respect.
    “They do support what we’re trying to do and I’m very grateful that they are.”
    Mr Bailey said the campaign came about after he approached city entrepreneur Graham Dacre last year because he was “really concerned” about the number of young drivers being killed and seriously injured.
     
    He said: “Engagement and education are vital elements of the work on road safety undertaken by roads policing officers.
    “We hope the car will act as a conversation starter, which gives us the opportunity to engage with people, but more importantly those hard to reach groups like young drivers, and offer practical advice as well as describing what can happen when things go wrong.”
     
    Mr Dacre said he thought it was a “great project” and that the Porsche was a tool that would really engage with young people.
     
     

     

     

     

    Source: Eastern Daily Press

    Porsche Cayman GT4 with Fabspeed Race Headers

    Title: Porsche Cayman GT4 with Fabspeed Race Headers
    Porsche Cayman GT4 with Fabspeed Race Headers Screams Out a Memorable Drive
    TIP?
     
    23 March 2017, 22:10 GMT · BY ANDREI TUTU
     
    Not all that many people feel the need to improve a Porsche Cayman GT4, but, for those who don't belong in this category, it's reassuring to know that the aftermarket offers tons of solutions. The majority of GT4s drivers who take their Porschas down the tuning route do it for aural reasons and one of the most vicious-sounding setups out there comes from Fabspeed Motorsport.
     
    The Pennsylvania-based developer offers multiple exhaust setups for the Neunelfer-engined Cayman and we're here to talk about the most extreme. This features a set of race headers, along with a vavletronic exhaust and we'll start with the first piece of hardware.

    The catless long tube headers mean this setup is destined for play outside public roads. The goodie also works as a brief trip to the gym, for instance delivering up to 18 hp and 15 lb-ft of twist at 6,300 rpm. as for the low-end gains, the most impressive values come at 3,700 rpm, adding 27 hp and 38 lb-ft of torque - note that all these values are measured at the wheels, so they're between 10 and 15 percent greater than the crank horsepower numbers that are usually used to describe outputs.

    On the weight reduction from, the custom setup is 10 lbs friendlier to the scale than the one it replaces and this is also a good moment to mention that the system is built of stainless steel.

    All the tech details mentioend above are fine, but there's nothing like real-world experience to showcase the sharper attitude of the Porsche Cayman GT4 mentioned here.

    And that's exactly what you'll find in the piece of footage below. This clip delivers a sweet GT4 drive, albeit one that takes place on the street.

    However, note that the valvetronic muffler means that, at the touch of the button, the driver can make this mid-engined Porsche less of a screamer.
     
     

    Race drones vs 718 Cayman

    Title: Race drones vs 718 Cayman
    Out of the box, race drones are capable of speeds up to 75 mph and high-end, professional versions can exceed speeds of 100 mph. Add to this the fact that they have the instant on torque of 4 electric motors and they actually could compete with the likes of a 718 Cayman when it comes to acceleration!!
     
     

    Welcome to the new look CaymanOC.com website

    Title: Welcome to the new look CaymanOC.com website
    Since it's now spring, we decided to have a bit of a freshen up and bring a more collegiate feel to the website with a new theme applied across the website and a few other more modern touches.  So we can now unveil the new look CaymanOC.com website! 
     
    The main change is the landing page is no longer the forum, but a page of articles which so far have been populated by a few of our stories and with the help of Beanoir's blogging.  We'll continue with this and if any members feel they would like to submit any articles for the home page then please send them to any member of Staff and we will have a read and stick it up for the world to see.  
     
    For those of you who use a mobile device to view and use the website and forums, you should find there is a big improvement in the way it works too - I certainly have. 
     
    The forum retains the same structure and is easily located on the navigation bar at the top of the page.  Thats about it for now, but should anybody have any issues then let myself or @Andy know and we'll try and help your out (again website only please - we charge for health and relationship problems.  
     
    Enjoy
     
    Tom
     
     
     

    Alps Roadtrip - 4. High and Wide

    A fitting description of the Alps, the remainder of our time in the region took in some of the highest roads in Europe including a heady climb to the Col de la Bonette at c.9,800ft, here the air was thin, the landscape yet again baron passing the tree line and any relevant greenery and leaving it below us.  The roads here are bereft of any safety barriers but what they lack in safety they more than make up for with driving thrills, long winding well sighted corners spread so enticingly over the landscape, pure heaven!
     
     


     
    Heading further south in the latter part of the week saw the Alpine scenery change as a reflection of the more arid weather and here we find ourselves following part of the infamous Route Napolean and just spitting distance from the delights of the Côte d’Azur.  Lower altitude means less ear popping and higher temperatures bringing with it some interesting textures and melting tarmac offering some obscure cornering dynamics, all part of the ride.
     
    As our route turns north towards Dijon and beyond the roads flatten out somewhat and threat of the week drawing to an end.  Not before a stop at the old Grand Prix straight at Reims though.  Parts of the old Grandstand and buildings still proudly either side of the road emblazoned with the original sponsors.  Even though a public road now runs arrow straight through where the track once was it still has plenty of nostalgia and air of days gone by, you can almost see the tail of Juan Fangio’s Alfa 159 disappearing down the track an image only partially deformed by the rising heat…today I watch a modern duo, Ferrari F430 and Mercedes C63, not a bad combo though I guess.
     
    The return to UK soil has never felt like such a drop, and it literally is given where we’d been less than a day or two ago.  Our week covered such a variety of landscape, plenty of terrain to keep even the most demanding of drivers and cars on the edge, the Alps really do offer some of the best driving roads in the world.  Not only was the driving superb we were also in the company of 20 other amazing cars from all walks piloted by some great people. As for the Cayman, well 2,500 miles takes its toll.  But now tucked up in the garage waiting for a replacement windscreen, I can’t help feeling she hears the jingle of car keys each trip out, the sign of a return to foreign shores to stretch her legs. We will return.
     



     

    Alps Roadtrip - 3. Assault by Name!

    Sunday still happened yesterday, I realise I didn’t update my blog but there are a number of reasons for this, of which I will enlighten, but let me begin with yesterday morning.
     
    We awoke early in our hotel just outside of Strasbourg, a place that always conjures up mental images of spy novels, but on this morning there were no secret rendezvous with covert operatives, this particular morning I was welcomed by a dawn chorus of several angry sounding Mezger derived flat sixes set against a backing track of baritone AMG V8s finished off with the the whine of lotus superchared engines and a glorious Ferrari V8.  This was the transition day from the flat lands of the west of France, through the Schwarzwald in Germany, into the Swiss alps, Italy and back to Switzerland.
     

     

     
    Already we have experienced a kaleidoscope of scenery and roads, from the plush rolling hills and forests of southern Germany to the polar opposite baron landscape at the top of the Stelvio Pass, over 9,000ft up.  Now the latter was the end of the day on Sunday, and after 300 miles odd of driving across several countries, the 48 hairpin bends laced across the side of this particular mountain in Italy was quite literally an ‘assault’ both physically and mentally, especially when the task also involved trying to keep pace with a 997 GT3 and 997 Turbo.  All I can say is the R performed, keeping me in check at every turn and keeping the jaw drooping view down the mountain side just a view.
     

     
    Setting off this morning involved more of the same, taking in Lake Livigno and St Moritz on the way to Julier Pass, followed by San Bernardino, Susten, Grimsel, finally arriving at our hotel at the foot of the Furka pass…I forget how many borders we’ve crossed, I don’t know what language to speak anymore, what money they accept in the country that i’m in or even which country that is…we’ve covered 1,400km so far, the Cayman is fine (if a little less rubber adorning her rear tyres) but as for me, I need some sleep!
     

     

     
     

    Alps Roadtrip - 2. Seeking Inspiration

    The rays of the shy British sun hit me as I walked out to do the last bits of luggage loading this morning.  Two boots is a great aspect of the mid engined Porsches and really helps on long road trips like these.
     
    With the prospect of ‘Operation Stack’ threatening to impede our journey to Kent this morning I thought I would take my mind off the idea and allow it to wander through some of Mel Nichols inspirational journalism, a true craftsman with words and rather appropriate.
     
     

    Alps Roadtrip - 1. The Countdown

    On the eve of leaving for deepest Kent as the meeting place for those who we will be traveling with across the Channel at dawn and on into France for the first leg of the “Alpine Assault”. 8 days, 1,500 miles and 5 countries during which we’ll experience some of the greatest driving roads and highest paved mountain passes in Europe.
     
    The car is ready, appended with stickers and gadgets to aid our way through various continental jurisdictions.
     
    Our choice of chariot...the Cayman R
     

    Cayman GT4 Masacre

    When I saw this incident I had mixed opinions, a kind of yin and yang moment as I tried to decide whether fate had dished out a cruel blow or whether the much fabled god (of whatever flavour you believe in) had tried his hand at a spot of natural selection in the motoring universe by weaning out that which is clearly too accomplished and therefore at distinct advantage to lesser metal. 
     

     
    So as you can see, said Caymans were not all travelling independently in some high odds scenario, they were in fact in transit probably on their way to some patient waiting owners to be.  You can imagine the call from their local OPC now..."vee are very sorry Mr Herr Flick, but your Porsche GT4 has been involved in an incident vith 6 usser Cayman GT4s"  You'd expect this to be some prank type TV programme fronted by Jeremy Beadle with that kind of news, but no this actually happened...in Germany! 
     
    GT Sprint reported the facts as 
     
     
    I'd say, some donkey has helped to inflate even further the already ridiculously over-inflated prices of part worn Cayman GT4s by knocking 7 off the limited number of available cars to the desperate over-paid public.  
     
    Feast your eyes....
     
     

    Emotional Turmoil - A day spent with Porsche's new 718 Cayman S

    Title: Emotional Turmoil - A day spent with Porsche's new 718 Cayman S
    Recovering from the remnants of a nights sleep that resembled more of the type of nap one has on a commuter train and largely caused by the sudden onslaught of the British summer, i’m making progress up the A1.  I’m on my way to what promises to be an interesting day courtesy of an invite by CAR Magazine to assist with their first drive and review for the new Porsche 718 Cayman.  My condition will be improved I decide by adding fuel to both mind, body and car so afford myself a brief stop, however as I jump back in, one large Cappuccino richer I realise my mistake;  the car is not equipped to handle such luxuries, i’m in the Cayman R and it doesn’t do cupholders.  Still it should prove an interesting comparison for the new kid on the Porsche block whether that was the true intention of the day or not.
     
    Arriving at Rockingham Speedway at the scheduled 8:30am (for breakfast) I soon realise that media types clearly don’t wear watches and I mill about for another 15 minutes, taking in the sites of what turns out to be a hive of non-activity, it’s dead here.  The odd mutter of an F3 car engine in for testing in one of the many pit lane garages breaks the silence occasionally, but gazing around the bowl like stadium it’s a strange sensation if like me you rarely visit a race venue unless for a race meet.  Eventually my hosts arrive, as do the other subjects of the test being a current generation Audi TTS owner and somebody who I already know from the Cayman Owners Club as the owner of a 981 Cayman .  Theres also two rather smart looking Porsche reps, donned in corporate uniform who it turns out race Porsches for a living, Charlie Eastwood a scholar driver in the Carrera Cup and Paul who now earns a crust convincing us that the latest incarnation of Porsche's car is better than the last, we’ll see.
     

     
    The order of the day is slow, painfully.  But thats ok, the guys are an interesting bunch and some amusement can be had watching photographers dance around at the order of art directors and unaccustomed car owners awkwardly holding poses waiting for nature to create the perfect backdrop or lighting conditions…but I was soon to realise this wasn’t the hardest part of the day. 
     
     
     
     
    The real subject of the day is the new 718 Cayman, we have the privilege of being in possession of one of only 2 Porsche press cars in the UK right now and its the S version (2.5L).  For those that have been on leave from the automotive universe for the last 12 months, the 718 is the next generation of Cayman and Boxster, conrtary to what Porsche claim cosmetically it’s a facelift of the 981, the interior is a facelift of the 981, the engine however is not a facelift of anything that Porsche has produced for a long time.  The already infamous new engine is a turbocharged flat 4 cylinder unit, so more of a frankensteins’ monster than a facelift. 
     
    The CAR journo wants the Cup driver in the car for the first action of the day, the photographer can rest for now, time to drive this thing.  I’m up on the roof of the pit garage we’ve made home for the day, the F3 cars have retired to their garages and we have the whole of the track to ourselves.  At this point i’m not entirely sure what I expected, but the noise that breaks the earie silence that has fallen on the stadium is a deep, burbling off beat noise that sounds like the idle of a Subaru Impreza complete with boy racer exhaust only it’s coming from a Porsche.  The car leaves the pit and enters the banked curve of the track and as the revs build the hard of sight would tell you they’re watching a Moto GP practice session.  Long has the sound of a flat 6 been the signature of a Porsche sports car but this is the future now.  With this unfamiliar noise as the backdrop Paul joins me and very commendably starts explaining that emotion is not just about the noise of the car’s engine, he’s right of course but it’s still the beating heart of any sports car and i’m not entirely sure there are are any other endearing features of the car that compensate for such a loss.   “So, have you driven a 987?” I ask him, "no" he responds "only the current models really".
     
    It’s my turn for a lap…I jump in.  I didn’t like the feeling of the cabin in the 981 generally I find it too big and the raised more forward positioned gear lever (this car i’m pleasantly surprised to find out is a 6 speed manual) I find a bit awkward and the 718 is no different.  The car is in ‘sport+’ mode, I have no time to acquaint with the cabin, it’s adorned with switches so I adjust the seat, select first and head for the track…the throttle is not as responsive as the R, a blip on the downshift into the first corner and it responds in a lazy way and lacks the usual zing, contrary to what i’ve read elsewhere but in my opinion this is a noticeable change.  Through the corners the car is familiar, the balance is there and the steering which Porsche has changed with a 10% quicker rack and reintroduced the larger steering wheel means there is an improvement on the 981 for feel but it still isn’t tugging at my fingers in the same way as older generations.  Power early mid corner and it has plenty of grunt and movement, the dynamics of the car are good, relatively unchanged apart from perhaps a slightly stiffer ride than the 981 thanks to recalibrated dampers and stiffer anti-roll bars.  The factory dialled in under-steer is there as always but the car is easily adjustable and will pivot, it’s still a Cayman.  
     

     
     
     
    A quick track test done I walk over to see the Porsche guys demonstrating another 718, this one a Boxster with the Audi TTS driver in the cabin.  Jumping out of the car he turns to me “great noise isn’t it” exclaiming with excitement.  This is telling of the glut of Porsche’s target audience now.  Inside I’m dying. 
     
    Is it fair to compare the 718 with a car one generation removed, probably not but some 987 owners will no doubt be waiting for the new offering and considering a trade up, having skipped the 981.
     
    The afternoon brings the chance of an extended road test.  It’s a low seating position in the new cars, which is welcome, but extremes of the car feel just that bit further away, passenger not as close.  The engine would feel similarly remote I’m sure if it wasn’t for the fact the engine and exhaust note weren’t so annoyingly in your face, souding almost synthetic from inside the cabin.
     
    Being familiar with the Cayman the car is easy to drive, the steering feels better weighted on the road and the stiffness of the ride feels just one notch shy of the Cayman R (this 718 has the optional 20mm lower suspension) but thats ok.  Sports+ mode switched on and the throttle is a shade more sensitive but not as alert as I’d like.  Brakes on this 2.5L model are borrowed from the 911 and feel typicaly Porsche with not too much servo but plenty of bite when you want it and some improvement in feel over the brakes in the R in fact when braking more meaningfully.  As the country roads open up I get the chance to wake it up, the wave of torque from low down makes me chuckle at first, but such an unfamiliar feeling in a car I was almost beginning to feel familiar with, and once again the noise that accompanies low revs and full throttle is a deep and unfamiliar note.  A few more sinuous miles and it’s clear that if you drive the car on the boil and with the revs rather than using the low end torque, the experience improves both in the way the engine responds and also the way it sounds.  Whilst the engine quite impressively for a turbo charged unit pulls to the redline quite happily, that line is nearly 1,000 revs lower than in the flat 6 equipped Caymans.  The character of the engine when driven to the higher rev ranges is strange, you don’t enjoy the sense of the engine actually getting there and the car making progress even though it clearly is, the sound is out of sync with the engine and maintains an almost linear level of aural feedback.  The hairs on my neck haven’t woken up at any point on this drive, and not for want of me trying.
     

     
    Pulling back up at The Speedway, I sit in the car and observe my surroundings, it is a nice car that much is certain, the buttons a bit fiddly maybe, and I’m not a fan of the overly complicated steering wheel with its selector dial but the PCM screen is a great improvement and very much up to date with its sleek edge to edge glass and smartphoneesque gesture control.  Pondering further I find myself wondering that given the engine’s character, more high tech functional and roomy cabin it would be a better package equipped with a PDK gearbox and prove to be a very accomplished middle ground between a GT car and 2 seat sports car. 
     
    The 981 was a good car, it was a complete package, both dynamically and aesthetically although middle aged spread was creeping in a touch compared to the 987.  The 718 maintains some of the same elements of the 981, and improves in some areas but loses out in a material way with the engine.  I have said before that Porsche crossed a line with the 981 and probably more so with the 991, the cars gained too much in size and the driver’s interface with the car and the road was diluted that bit too far.  The 718 has taken away more from the driver now and not given enough back to compensate for losing the soundtrack that is the soul of a Porsche.
     
    I found it a hard day as a Porsche enthusiast, experiencing the new incarnation of a car that has delivered so much pleasure in several guises over the years become even less exciting and fun, a word that I find is rarely used these days to describe modern Porsches.  The CAR journo admits to me he’s got a tough job, but assures me the car grew on him over the last 48 hours but I still maintain its left me feeling cold.  He was interested to understand how the 718 compared to an older car, a 987...shock or sympathy or maybe both force my car keys into his hand “go decide for yourself”.
     
    Story: Nick Cole
    Photography Nick Cole/James Lipman
     

     
     
     

    The New Michelin Pilot Sport 4S

    Title: The New Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
    The bold claim from Michelin on the launch of their new tyre is they expect the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S to be "one of the most successful sports tires ever designed by Michelin for the general public."
     
    A tyre that is designed for sports cars and high performance saloons, we are also told that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S offers "unparalleled driving pleasure thanks to its exceptional steering precision and directional stability.  It provides maximum performance and safety on all surfaces due to its optimized tread footprint which grips the road in all situations, even the most extreme."
     

     
    The new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S replaces the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, and are available from all the major tyre retailers as of this month.  The new tyre is available at launch in 34 sizes for 19 and 20 inch wheels.  The outgoing MPSS was already an exceptionally well rated tyre by many and a firm favourite across the Cayman and Porsche fraternity, so the replacement certainly has a lot to live up to.  
     
    Tyre Sizes (at launch)
     

     
    Braking Performance

    The PS4S' dual compound technology benefits both the tyre's wet and dry surface braking performance.  The outer tread uses a new hybrid compound that promotes grip on dry surfaces while the inner part uses a new compound that contains silica combined with elastomers that give the PS4S to superior performance in wet conditions.

    Tests performed by TÜV SÜD in June and July 2016 show the PS4S having a shorter stopping distance than five of the obvious premium competitors on both dry and wet surfaces.
     

     


    Wear Performance

    Tyre longevity was evaluated by DEKRA Test Center, using 255/35-19 96Y XL PS4S tires. These tyres were the only one to last longer than 50,000 kilometers (31,068 miles).  The PS4S reportedly achieved a mileage of 52,032 kilometres (32,331 miles), a distance exceeding that of its nearest rival, the Pirelli PZero Nero GT, by 2,602 kilometers (1,616 miles).



    On-track Performance

    The TÜV SÜD testers also found that the PS4S delivered the best lap time on a 2.6 km (1.6 mile) circuit, completing the course 0.40 seconds faster than the nearest competitor and 1.39 seconds quicker than the slowest.




    On-road Performance
     
    According to Michelin, the Pilot Sport 4 S also "passes a new milestone in terms of reducing road noise, while providing good levels of driving comfort." Other bells and whistles include a velvet-like sidewall relief, like that seen on the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, as well as a wheel protecting design.
     
    An interesting video about the new tyre hosted by the guys at Engineering Explained is well worth a watch...



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