• 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

    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
     
     
     

    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
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    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!!
     
     

    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.